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Blyss

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Hi there, I'm new here and don't know if I've posted this is the correct section and I'm sorry but I'm going to be traveling from Coventry to Ashford international this week and I've never been on a train journey this far before. When I booked my tickets it says 2 changes, first at Euston and then from Euston to st Pancras on the tube but when I look up the journey from Euston to st Pancras it shows more changes. Is this correct? Can someone help me and clarify the journey. I'm scared of getting lost between Euston and st Pancras and missing my train from st Pancras to Ashford.

Thanks in advance. X
 
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Your journey from Euston may involve a walk from Euston station to Euston Square for tube connection I may be wrong . Alternatively you walk from Euston to St Pancras this will take 7-15mins depending on pace and mobility
 
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No you can take the Northern Line or Victoria Line 1 stop from Euston to Kings Cross St Pancras, without walking to Euston Square.

However unless its raining, or you have heavy luggage. most find it quicker and easier to walk. Just continue straight across the concourse at Euston, continue across the square to the main road (Euston Road). Turn left and St Pancras is the large red brick building on your left in about 500yds.
 
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There is the shortcut via Brill Place which brings you out by St Pancras International station, about a 12 minute walk.
 

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Euston to St Pancras can be completed in a number of ways.
The simplest, but longest, is a walk which takes (as Dave says) 7 to 15 minutes.
The next simplest is a bus (205 is the best option here) from outside the front of Euston to the front of St Pancras (actually, knowing traffic this might take longer!).
After that is the Tube on the Victoria line travelling one stop, but this involves a bit of a walk at each end.
The 'least simple' is the Tube from Euston Square. I say this because it means you have to leave Euston station, walk in the opposite direction to St Pancras (which might seem a bit weird) to get to Euston Square station (as Dave mentioned) and you come out furhter away from where you need to be at St Pancras.
I wouldn't fret too much about missing the train to Ashford, they run every half-hour and although you might have a time specified on your ticket, there are no seat reservations on these trains so it's not critical.
 

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There is the shortcut via Brill Place which brings you out by St Pancras International station, about a 12 minute walk.
Yes there's a long recent thread describing everyone's favourite route between the stations, but I was trying to keep the route simple for the OP.
 

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Welcome to the forum Blyss!
I've been to the Tube Station for St Pancras, it's crowded, a confusing maze, and the fare isn't cheap or fast for the journey thanks to ticket barriers.
Just walk along the main road as others have said.
 

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Easy walk between the two stations, and quite pleasant, even in light rain, so unless it is really hammering it down, I just walk it.
 

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The old fashioned-looking one, not the modern one that you come to first (that's the British Library).

And finding the way in from that direction is a bit tricky too. Easiest way is to turn left on Midland Road between the British Library and St Pancras, then go in through the door on your right when you get to the taxi rank. You go past some shops and then turn left following the signs for Southeastern Trains.
 

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Welcome to the forum Blyss!
I've been to the Tube Station for St Pancras, it's crowded, a confusing maze, and the fare isn't cheap or fast for the journey thanks to ticket barriers.
Just walk along the main road as others have said.

But if the OP has a ticket from Coventry to Ashford International this includes the cost of the tube (but not the bus) between Euston and St Pancras. There is no need to pay again.

I agree that it's usually best to walk, unless for reasons of weather or reduced mobility.
 

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Thanks for all the reply guys, this makes me feel much more confident :))
 

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But these days you can't get on a bus in London and offer cash?
no cash is accepted on the buses but you can pay using a contactless debit card. (or use an Oyster card but I assume the OP does not have one)


buses - any of 10, 59 (make sure it is the one towards Kings cross), 91, 73, 205, 390 will go to St Pancras/kings cross from Euston bus station. I tend to walk but use the bus if it is raining or if I have heavy luggage.
 

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I think my best options are walking or getting on the tube, is it the Victoria Line or the northern? The tube maps are showing me Northern line to King's Cross St Pancras, is that different from St Pancras international? Which one do I need to go to to catch train to Ashford International?
 

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I think my best options are walking or getting on the tube, is it the Victoria Line or the northern? The tube maps are showing me Northern line to King's Cross St Pancras, is that different from St Pancras international? Which one do I need to go to to catch train to Ashford International?

The Victoria Line Northbound, or the Northern Line (Bank Branch! All signed pretty clearly) Southbound. Either will do, but walking time within the stations can be much longer than the walk on the surface.

Kings Cross St Pancras includes access to all parts of St Pancras station itself, including the International side. Your train will depart from platforms adjacent to those used by international services. Everything at St Pancras, including the Tube station it shares with Kings Cross, is basically part of a large interconnecting layout. You will need to look for the Southeastern High Speed platforms.
 

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Thanks for all the reply guys, this makes me feel much more confident :))

Lol, judging by the myriad of differing replies I thought you'd say you were more confused.

To add my two tuppence, walk it, it really is the easiest. The Vic line is a deep line which means you spend more time going up and down escalators than on the tube and the circle/met/Hammersmith from euston square means (as someone has already pointed out ) you walk in the opposite direction to catch a tube that then drops you at the opposite end of St P.

Google maps shows good walking routes, but if you've some extra time take a look in the British library (they won't allow you inside with a massive suitcase!), The national library of the UK and a great place to spend some time, look at the great architecture of the hotel on the front of St pancras, look at the revitalised kings cross station and the renewed facade and new concourse roof or walk through the shops/eateries of St pancras station itself.

If it was a one off trip for me , I'd add and an extra hour or two connection time just to look around.
 

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I suspect the reason Euston - St Pancras came up as more than a direct journey is that you asked for St Pancras National Rail station rather than the Underground station, which is named King's Cross St Pancras.
 

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Lol, judging by the myriad of differing replies I thought you'd say you were more confused.

To add my two tuppence, walk it, it really is the easiest. The Vic line is a deep line which means you spend more time going up and down escalators than on the tube and the circle/met/Hammersmith from euston square means (as someone has already pointed out ) you walk in the opposite direction to catch a tube that then drops you at the opposite end of St P.

Google maps shows good walking routes, but if you've some extra time take a look in the British library (they won't allow you inside with a massive suitcase!), The national library of the UK and a great place to spend some time, look at the great architecture of the hotel on the front of St pancras, look at the revitalised kings cross station and the renewed facade and new concourse roof or walk through the shops/eateries of St pancras station itself.

If it was a one off trip for me , I'd add and an extra hour or two connection time just to look around.

I do love things like that! :D Hopefully if I have time I'll have a look around. Thanks again everybody! xxxxx
 

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Hi there, I'm new here and don't know if I've posted this is the correct section and I'm sorry but I'm going to be traveling from Coventry to Ashford international this week and I've never been on a train journey this far before. When I booked my tickets it says 2 changes, first at Euston and then from Euston to st Pancras on the tube but when I look up the journey from Euston to st Pancras it shows more changes. Is this correct? Can someone help me and clarify the journey. I'm scared of getting lost between Euston and st Pancras and missing my train from st Pancras to Ashford.

Thanks in advance. X

without wishing to be rude if you get lost between Euston and St Pancras you really shouldn't be out unaccompanied! ;) Yes it is London and yes London is busy but it really couldn't be simpler.

Follow these directions:

  • leave Euston by the front doors
  • Cross the Piazza, noting the various eateries
  • Pass through Euston Gardens ( nothing the Euston Tap pub on your right a square stone building carved with various place names )
  • Reach Euston Road ( A 501)
  • turn left
  • walk for 5 minutes noting the British Library on your left
  • Enter St Pancras on your left

It will take you longer to navigate the two tube stations and use the tube than walk. However, I am happy to say that I understand your concern - when i didn't live in the south my first option would have been to use the tube, however once you have walked between the two stations once you will never do so again.
 
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To add to the above, all bus stops in London will have a map of the local area so you can always check these if you're worried about going the right way (if you don't have a smartphone or paper map). It is a very easy walk though, and using the Tube will probably result in walking further through the maze of tunnels at KX St Pancras.

St Pancras itself is a dreadful station - the function of accomodating trains seems to have been an afterthought on a shopping centre. For Ashford, you will need to either:
a) Enter at the front of the station (off Euston Rd), head straight towards the back of the station then turn right at the ticket office, then left to the escalators up to the SouthEastern platforms (these will be signed throughout).
b) Go past the main entrance, turn left up Pancras Rd and enter the station at the rounded entrance on your left (not the big white one on the right - that's Kings Cross). The Southeastern platforms are then just up the escalators.
 

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The tube maps are showing me Northern line to King's Cross St Pancras, is that different from St Pancras international? Which one do I need to go to to catch train to Ashford International?
Kings Cross and St Pancras are side by side and the Underground station has exits into both, hence the combined name.

The platforms for domestic services are at the "country" end of St Pancras beyond the international platforms. This is why an alternative walking route was suggested which is slightly more direct but more complicated to describe and find.
 
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