Paddington to National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait GalleryNational Portrait Gallery Pictures, paintings and statues of monarchs, including British stars of stage and screen. 

The nearest station to National Portrait Gallery is Charing Cross

1) From Paddington take the Bakerloo Line
2) Leave the train at Charing Cross
3) Walk 4 mins to National Portrait Gallery

How many stops? 7   Is it a direct train? Yes

Stations on the route: Paddington → Edgware Road → Marylebone → Baker Street → Regent’s Park → Oxford Circus → Piccadilly Circus → Charing Cross

Journey time? Approx 14 mins + 4 mins walk to National Portrait Gallery   Fare zones? 1

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Adult fare for zone 1

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Adult train fare from Paddington to Charing Cross
Cash Oyster and Contactless Travelcards
Single Single Daily cap Weekly cap 1-Day Weekly Monthly Annual
Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak (contactless) Anytime Off-peak
£4.90 £2.40 £2.40 £7 £7 £35.10 £13.10 (z1-4) n/a £35.10 (z1-2) £134.80 (z1-2) £1404 (z1-2)

Child fare for zone 1

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Child train fare from Paddington to Charing Cross
Cash Oyster Travelcards
Single Single Daily cap 1-Day Weekly Monthly Annual
Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Anytime Off-peak
Aged under-11 and accompanied by an adult, or with a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard
free
Aged 11-15 with a Young Visitor Discount applied to their Oyster card
Half the adult fare
Aged 11-15 with an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard
£2.40 £0.85 £0.75 £3.50 £1.50 £6.50 (z1-4) n/a £17.60 (z1-2) £67.60 (z1-2) £704 (z1-2)
Aged 16-17 with a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard
£2.40 Half the adult fare £13.10 (z1-4) n/a Same as the 11-15 fare

Note: For Oyster and contactless ‘off peak’ is outside the hours of 6.30-9.30 AM and 4-7 PM (Mon-Fri). For travelcards it’s after 9.30 AM (Mon-Fri) and all day Sat-Sun. Prices are based on what time your journey begins – not when it ends. Look up the London underground prices and child underground prices. Learn how to use Oyster tickets, Visitor Oyster tickets, travelcard tickets and contactless cards.

Lifts, stairs and escalators

Charing Cross station – from the Bakerloo southbound platform to the street you’ll have one escalator and one flight of stairs up to the ticket hall (20 steps up), plus one flight of stairs to the Villiers Street exit (18 steps up), one flight of stairs to the Duncannon Street and Strand north exit (30 steps up), two flights of stairs to the Strand south exit (16 and 21 steps up), one flight of stairs tothe Trafalgar Square exit near The Mall (23 steps up), two flights of stairs to the Trafalgar exit near Duncannon Street (8 and 21 steps up), two flights of stairs to the Trafalgar Square exit on the central island (8 and 24 steps up), two flights of stairs to the Trafalgar Square north exit (8 and 19 steps up), three flights of stairs to the William IV Street exit (13, 14 and 16 steps up), or one escalator or two flights of stairs to the exit inside the National Rail station (14 and 27 steps up)

Travel by bus, taxi or minicab

National Portrait Gallery by foot – The distance is about 2¼ miles, which would take around 42-46 minutes

National Portrait Gallery by bus – Single fare: £1.50 (you may have to take more than one bus); Daily cap: £4.50; Weekly cap: £21.20; 1-day travelcard: £5; Weekly travelcard: £21.20; Monthly travelcard: £81.50; Annual travelcard: £848. See our adult bus tickets and child bus tickets pages for more details

National Portrait Gallery by taxi – A taxi will take 11-22 mins to cover 2¼ miles, and will cost approx £9.20 to £15

Minicab to National Portrait Gallery – Here’s a list of minicab companies near Paddington station

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> Craig’s review of National Portrait Gallery – “If you're coming to London for a week then you have to find time for at least one art gallery. You can't just do fun stuff for seven days, that's not allowed. Art gallery first, then fun. Do your homework first, then you can watch some telly later. This is the art gallery that I always recommend if you aren't particularly into art, because it's half-art and half-hist… continued”

Note: Allow extra time for cancellations/delays. Disabled access information about lifts, escalators and stairs should be double-checked before travel

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