Paddington station

railway station in the London Borough of Westminster, England, UK
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Paddington railway station,[4] also known as London Paddington,[5] is the main National Rail and London Underground station in northwest central London. It also has access to the Elizabeth Line.

Paddington National Rail Elizabeth line
London Paddington
The Victorian train shed at Paddington at Night
Paddington is located in Central London
Location of Paddington in Central London
Local authorityCity of Westminster
Managed byNetwork Rail
OwnerNetwork Rail
Station codePAD
DfT categoryA
Number of platforms13
Fare zone1
OSIPaddington Bakerloo, Circle and District lines station London Underground
Paddington Circle and Hammersmith & City lines station London Underground
Marylebone National Rail London Underground
Lancaster Gate London Underground[2]
Cycle parkingYes
Toilet facilitiesYes
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 35.09 million[3]
2014–15Increase 35.72 million[3]
2015–16Increase 36.54 million[3]
2016–17Decrease 35.84 million[3]
Railway companies
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Key dates
4 June 1838Temporary station opened
29 May 1854Permanent station opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°31′02″N 0°10′39″W / 51.5173°N 0.1774°W / 51.5173; -0.1774
Station location map

The site is old. It has been as the London end of the Great Western Railway and its successors since 1838. Much of the current mainline station dates from 1854, and was made by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The site was first served by Underground trains in 1863, and was the first western end-point of the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway.

The station now has an extra job as the London end point for the Heathrow Express airport service. Paddington is in Travelcard Zone 1.



The fast services are run by First Great Western. The main stations for the services are shown below:[6]

Flows on long journey trains to or from Paddington
Journeys in 2007/08 (million)
Reading 4.0
Didcot Parkway 1.1
Swindon 1.0
Bristol Temple Meads 0.9
Bath Spa 0.8
Cardiff Central 0.7
Bristol Parkway 0.6
Newbury 0.6
Exeter St Davids 0.4
Chippenham 0.4

There are also trains to Slough, Ealing, Heathrow Airport and Maidenhead.[7]

One train from Paddington goes to Heathrow Airport that being the Heathrow Express which travels to Heathrow airport and doesn't stop at any stations along the way.[8]



Below are the lines and main stations on the line:

  • Bakerloo line services:[9]
Edgware Road
Oxford Circus
Charings Cross
  • Circle line services:[10]
Kings Cross
Liverpool street
  • District line services:[11]
Earls Court
Notting Hill Gate

National Rail


The National Rail part is named London Paddington, a name used outside London, but not by many people who live there. Parts of the station, like the main train shed, were built in 1854 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as the London end point for the Great Western Railway (GWR). Today, it is one of 18 UK railway stations looked after by Network Rail.[12]

Paddington has 14 end platforms, numbered 1 to 14. Platforms 1 to 8 are below the oldest three parts of Brunel's 1854 train shed, and platforms 9 to 12 are below the fourth part. Platforms 13 and 14 are within the Metropolitan Railway's old Bishop's Road station to the north-west. There are two through platforms, 15 and 16, used by the London Underground's Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.[13]

  Paddington (Praed Street)  
Preceding station     London Underground   Following station
Bakerloo line
towards Hammersmith (via Tower Hill)
Circle line
Subsurface station
towards Wimbledon
District line
  Paddington (Suburban)  
Preceding station     London Underground   Following station
towards Hammersmith
Circle line
towards Edgware Road (via Aldgate)
Hammersmith & City line
towards Barking


  1. "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.
  2. "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLSX). Transport for London. 16 June 2020. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  4. "Stations Run by Network Rail". Network Rail. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  5. "Station Codes". National Rail. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  6. "Great Western Route Utilisation Study" (PDF). Figure 3.10. Network Rail. March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  7. Paddington Archived 2012-01-15 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 4 July 2012
  8. "Our Company". Heathrow Express. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  9. Bakerloo Line services Archived 2012-03-15 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 4 July 2012
  10. Circle Line services Archived 2012-04-28 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved July 4 2012
  11. District Line services Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved July 4 2012
  12. Network Rail Archived 2012-09-01 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 17 July 2012
  13. "Paddington - Station Guide" (PDF). Network Rail. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2012.