This Railway Station is part of the National Rail Network. For train times and ticketing information, please visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.
‘Paddington Bear’ was written by Michael Bond in 1958. His bear arrived here somehow from ‘deepest, darkest Peru’ and was named after the station. You can find a statue of him near the escalators.
don't get sucked in to the cheap coffee on the main hall, head up stairs and there's a secret Starbucks!
The national rail site/mobile app usually has the platform number before the screens do
Excellent if you require a train.
If you need to go to Heathrow Airport, you have three alternatives from here: the underground, the cheapest but it takes 1 hour at least. The second alternative is the Heathrow Connect service, a reas
30p to use the toilets. Go on the train before you arrive.
Want to get on the Central line from Paddington without faffing around with the Circle/Bakerloo lines? Take a quick walk to Lancaster Gate tube station through Sussex Gardens
Stop by and visit Paddington Bear. He lives in front of the Krispy Kreme, it's not his fault he thought they had marmalade filled donuts...
If you're looking out for Paddington bear then you are a fool.
Avoid at 7pm on a Friday at all costs!
On this day 10th January 1863 London Underground, the world's oldest underground railway, opens between London Paddington & Farringdon
Try the trains, they're excellent.
Nice, Heathrow Express offer free wifi. I didn't know that...
If you want the central line, walk to Lancaster Gate. Much quicker than changing + you get fresh air :)
Have a pint in the bear... you know you want to.
Trains very rarely arrive in time... Don't worry too much if you're running late to meet them. Pretty ridiculous!
There is a Cafe Paul upstairs in the glasses in shopping section for nicer baguettes, tartes and coffee
If you need a train from Paddington, then you could do much worse than visiting Paddington Station.
For fast trains to Reading, look for a * on the depatures board
I share your pain when you can't find your ticket, or when the stupid machine won't accept it, I really do, but blocking the exit like a gormless tw*t just makes me want to punch you. In the face.
The Bagel Factory is great - Marmite bagel for a bargain breakfast or a 'Little Italy' for a tasty lunch :)
If you want to get a fast train to Reading, look for one with a * next to it on the departures board on the left after you come through the tube barriers
Look Up! The Third Arch is stunning
Heat rises, so when it's cold, head up the escalators to the top of the glassed-in area where there's a Paul and an Eat.
From here First Great Western attempt, but often fail, to run a railway.
Use the iPhone or android national rail app. Told me the platform number before the station did
Buses 7,15 and 23 go to Oxford Circus no slower than tube but are cheaper and less crowded ;)
There is a bear in this picture!
Platforms 13 & 14 are about three miles away. Trains are put on the board as late as possible to make you run for them.
To spend a civilised penny here - go upstairs to the hotel.
I found the Paddington bear!
Avoid terrible breakfast options downstairs. Head to Sloe Bar upstairs and order the bacon & egg on a muffin. So delicious & super quick! Plus, let's be honest, English bacon is the best ;)
As a commuter in the rush hour, recommend sitting in a reserved seat if that's all that left. Rarely do people turn up.
Watch your bags while you wait for your train. A couple sitting next to me almost had theirs pinched because they weren't paying attention :(
The National Rail iPhone app seems to list the platform number for Bristol trains a good while before the departure signs. Good for getting to the front of the mob
For a long distance journey buy a second class ticket and a First class single to Slough. Then you can use the 1st class lounge to wait
DO NOT throw your train ticket away!
If you like gummy candy, stop by the stand near the Heathrow Express tracks. Interesting selection.
Don't pay 30p to use the loos. Head to the back of the station and use the ones in the Hilton hotel.
For peak times, check national rail for the platform number before its announced, seat guarenteed
Always wrap up warm, this station is really cold!
In the ladies' toilet, turn right instead of going through the turnstile - you can get in for free through the exit gate!
If you don't smoke enter the station via the Hilton Hotel. It will save you from the clouds of smoke from the smokers at the main entrance!
Named after this bear.
Always have the mixed meet platter up in the restaurant - the advantage of high ground
Avoid the pick and mix stall on the main concourse. It is extortionate!
Leave your used Travelcard at the bottom of the escalator from the main concourse so that others can use it again
Leave your spent travelcard at the bottom of the down escalator to the underground from the main cso others can use it again.