Trivia: what are the two closest tube stations on foot?

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  1. parkender102

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    I was in Bayswater last night and the walk from Bayswater Tube Station on the District and Circle Line to Queensway Tube Station on the Central Line takes literally 1 minute and maybe 100 Metres walking along the path.

    These surely must be the two closest Tube stations when walking distance is taken into account.

    However if you search for it, there are lots of articles that have no mention of this - they all mention Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

    But this is because they are on the same line and the time it takes for the Tube Train to travel between the 2 stations is very short but the actual distance and time taken to walk between the two tube stations is far greater.

    Even the articles that mention the 'Tube Walking Map' smack of lazy journalism because they only give walking distances between tube stations on the same line.

    So if you look at that map the walking time between Queensway and Bayswater is Queensway to Notting Hill (8 Mins) + Notting Hill to Bayswater (10 Mins).
     
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  3. yorkie

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    Well the Hammersmith stations are technically separate stations ( I note you are using "tube" in the sense of a colloquial name for the entire London Underground system, rather than actual tube lines).

    So I'd say Hammersmith stations in that case.

    (Before anyone suffers it, please note that, despite having two names, Bank/Monument is one station complex and is managed accordingly; so the passageway between the Northern and District lines within the LU system does not count in my opinion, as it's considered to be within the station)
     
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    Hangar Lane (Central Line) and Park Royal (Piccadilly Line). Google Maps show 8 mins at 704 yards,
     
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    Edgware Road (Bakerloo Line) entrance in Edgware Road, Edgware Road (Hammersmith & City/Circle and District Line) entrance in Chapel Street, Google maps show 3mins at 176yards
     
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    Well I'd say in the cases of Hammersmith and Edgeware Road stations they are just separate entrances to the same Stations - the clue is in the names - they are not separate stations as they have the same name.

    Bayswater and Queensway are in fact 210 Metres apart - more than I thought but probably still the closest 2 Tube Stations by foot:

    Bayswater – Queensway – 210 Metres – 3 Minutes

    also close:

    White City – Wood Lane – 240 Metres – 3 Minutes
     
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    They are not separate entrances to the same station - they ARE different stations with the same name
     
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    Also Paddington and Lancaster Gate. It sometimes feels arriving or departing Paddington as if the alternative interchange between Bakerloo and Central at Oxford Circus is about as long a walk as Paddington to Lancaster Gate. Or is it just that Paddington to Central line destinations east of Oxford Circus and vice versa is usually quicker via Lancaster Gate?
     
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    I've always thought of Hammersmith and Edgware Road Stations as 1 station with separate entrances for different Tube Lines separated by a Physical Barrier down the middle (a road). But then again maybe that's just me!
     
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    I actually timed it once - the journey times (from Oxford Circus to Paddington either direct via the Bakerloo line or via Lancaster Gate and walk from there to Paddington) was the same
     
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    Yes they look miles apart on the Tube Map but 750 Metres and a 10 minute walk in the real world.
     
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    Well the clue might be in the names, but Edgware Road are separate buildings with a flyover and roadway in between serving separate stations. And considering Hammersmith they are also two separate stations with the eastside of the Hammersmith gyratory in between
     
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    Charing Cross to Embankment?
     
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    Aldgate and Aldgate East are roughly 200m apart.
     
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    Bank to Cannon Street thanks to the new Walbrook entrance. I think it's shorter than the Hammersmiths.

    The Aldgates are the closest on different lines that don't form a valid out of station interchange.
     
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    I've heard of Bank and Mansion House being really close together...
     
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    It's about 170 yards from Warren Street to Euston Square south entrance.
     
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    We could make this thread a little more interesting by looking at more examples of close distances between different stations and long distances within single stations; comparing, say Bayswater to Lancaster Gate with the length of the walk between, say, the Piccadilly and Victoria platforms at Green Park. There might be some revealing comparisons: some of those line-to-line station passageways seem very long.
     
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    How far is it from Euston to Euston Square?
     
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    Cannot be that much. How about Marylebone to Baker Street? Although if you don't like walking and need to get from Marylebone National Rail to Euston National Rail or vice versa, going via Oxford Circus has its merits.
     
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    That was my vote.

    Definitely further than the above. I walked them both yesterday.

    But how about Regents Park to Great Portland St?
     
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    Northwick Park to Kenton. 0.3 miles / 6 mins walk as per Google maps. Must be the closest in zone 4, similar distance as Park Royal to Hanger Lane in zone 3
     
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    I was really surprised how close the new exit actually is to Cannon Street when I did it for real last week. It is a game changer.
     
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    This is most definitely not correct; they are separate stations.
    In the case of Edgware Road it may just be you as I've never heard anyone else claim these stations are part of the same station. I don't see the routes of the District & Metropolitan Railways operated by full size trains as "Tube Lines" either!
     
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    If the W&C platforms had a similar escalator link to the Northern, then Mansion House would be adjoined like Monument (platforms of Bank extend to nearly underneath MH station). Without that link, they are still close on foot (and more so with the new entrance), but not as close as the other two SSL stations in the area.

    good shout - that might actually be the closest that isn't a valid out of station interchange (Bank-Mansion House and the Aldgates are other claimants).

    And GPS isn't far from Warren Street, though not as close as other pairs nearby.
     
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    Seems like quite a few people treat them the way the OP does - probably due to the name causing issues. Otherwise these not especially close stations wouldn't be a valid OSI. Quite what journeys would logically change there (even if one station rather than not a good walk) beats me, but enough are confused that they had to allow it to ease pressure on staff.

    PS: asserting overly literal definitions about tube lines serve little purpose other than belittling people. Quite clearly the 'tube' colloquially means the Underground even if cut and cover, or in the open, and not using tiny trains.
     
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    I agree here: Hammersmith for me is the District and Piccadilly station; the H+C station is quite separate, and I've always called it the 'Hammersmith and City Line station' or, more colloquially, the 'Hot and Cold Line station' when needing to refer to it. With Edgware Road, I've always thought of it as the District/Circle/H+C Lines station. In fact I didn't even know there was a Bakerloo Line station of that name until fairly recently. With both Hammersmith and Edgware Road, there's no connection between the two stations, it's a couple of hundred yards' walk across a very busy road junction in both cases.
     
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    Indeed, I always use "deep tubes" if I have to make the distinction, otherwise "tube" includes the SSR despite being a misnomer.
     
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    Funny you mention Paddington. I was there on Friday, and arriving from Kings Cross on the H&C line I didn't want the long walk to the ticket office so opted to change at Edgware Road to a Circle line service (cross platform interchange).
     
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    Highbury & Islington and Holloway Road (Victoria and Piccadilly respectively).

    Both of these stations are along Holloway Road with a 10-15 minute walk between them depending on the pedestrian crossing sequences.

    Also, maybe being a bit cheeky here, I would imagine that you could easily walk between Farringdon and Blackfriars via St Paul's/City Thameslink so as to avoid going round the loop on the Circle Line or using Thameslink services.
     
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    Most of the ones I would have mentioned are covered, but ....

    Wood Lane to White City. According to Google 0.2 miles (320 yards) and 3 minutes walk.

    And don’t forget Mansion House to Cannon Street. While not the closest, remember that guy that got off a train at Mansion House and sprinted up the stairs, out of the station, down the road to Cannon Street and made it onto the same train he’d got off.
     

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