Let meguess- you're coming in from South Wales and trying to work out whether to get GWR into London Paddington or Flybe from Cardiff to London City Airport (if I'm correct yes please, I'd like to be entered into the Prize Draw).
If it were me I'd fly. You can catch the DLR from City Airport to Stratford International then the High speed train to Maidstone Barracks or Maidstone West (you may need to change at Strood).
Certainly beats fighting your way from Paddington to Kings X St Pancras, cheaper too.
Thanks, that's very helpful.
Maidstone Barracks is a tiny station, but has a direct footpath over the river to Maidstone East railway station. it's a very short walk. It's a longer walk through an industrial/retail estate to Maidstone West railway station.
Thanks. Slight change of plan as going to Canterbury now.
I've been looking at the metro map, looks like I need the circular line from Paddington to St Pancras. Never been to St Pancras before, the journey is going to be an experience!
Yes a Circle Line or Hammersmith & City Line Tube to Kings Cross St Pancras is the way to go.
St Pancras is a wonderful modern station, I now always use it over Victoria as it's just a more pleasant experience! Quicker journeys too on the Southeastern Highspeed trains which are new, comfortable and clean, with charging points too.The only thing that bugs me is the long walk between Tube and train. Southeastern departures are tucked away in their own corner on platforms 11-13.
"The only thing that bugs me is the long walk between Tube and train. "
Yes, do allow a good 15 minutes for that. The chance of actually getting lost inside St Pancras or simply gazing at the architecture can slow you down even more.
Also, if your seat on the train from Cardiff is towards the back of the train, when you get off at Paddington don't head towards the front. If you turn 180º, you will see a bridge across the tracks that leads to the Hammersmith & City line platforms. These are much closer and a lot less crowded that the main part of the station that everyone else heads for.
Canterbury is lovely, so I hope you get enough time to explore.
There are 2 railway stations in Canterbury, & the HS gets into Canterbury West. It's a very short walk into the centre of Canterbury, and is pedestrianised.
If you're staying outside the very centre of Canterbury & want a taxi, there are usually plenty of them at the station. They will provide receipts if you are claiming on expenses..