Are These The Most Confusing Tube Stations In London?

Are These The Most Confusing Tube Stations In London?
Paddington: apparently the 7th biggest bastard of a tube station to navigate. It surely doesn't help that there are two of them

King's Cross St Pancras is the toughest tube station to navigate, according to a Mastercard study that quizzed 1,000 commuters.

Here's the top 10:

  1. King's Cross St Pancras
  2. Bank and Monument
  3. London Bridge
  4. Oxford Circus
  5. Victoria
  6. Piccadilly Circus
  7. Paddington
  8. Liverpool Street
  9. Euston
  10. Stratford

Thoughts? Most of these firmly belong in the list. Paddington in particular is a bit of a bastard, due to it actually being two tube stations, while being denoted as only one on the official tube map. Bank and Monument, of course, are two stations as well; and it's not unusual for the less initiated to get tangled over their Euston and Euston Square. London Bridge frankly seems to shape shift every time we're there.

We must say that King's Cross seems reasonably straightforward to get around, compared to some of the others on this list — well signed, and suitably spacious in parts. We'd swap it out for Elephant and Castle.

This pair probably know more about the tube than you

Black Country bluster?

Among other findings in the survey was that commuters from the West Midlands are the most confident on the tube. 43% of people from that neck of the woods claim they never use an app to get around, as opposed to just 38% of Londoners. Hmm. Surely this is either Black Country bluster — or otherwise suggests that these commuters aren't as adventurous on the tube? Or perhaps we're underrating the cartographic nous of the denizens of Wolverhampton and Walsall... (It's worth pointing out that 40% of those from Yorkshire and Northern Ireland said they go app-less in London too, the braggarts.)

In other 'news', a whopping 58% of 24-30 year-olds rely on apps to get around the tube, while only 21% of those aged 75+ doing the same. Which leads us to conclude that some old dear from Dudley is tube-savvier than our own Geoff Marshall. Soz, Geoff.

Last Updated 27 April 2018

Colin

Why do you portray using an app to navigate the network as a negative thing?! Using an app is a positive thing! It makes the journey more efficient. I pity the people who don't use an app. Sure, they'll get there, but they'll spend their time finding (or carrying) and looking at physical tube maps.

Lena

I find Waterloo very confusing amd almost always get lost there. Agree about King's cross - pretty straigforward tbh

Andrew Gwilt

My Grandad was a huge Wolves fan. Sadly he passed away in 2015. But he will be pleased that his beloved football team has got promoted to the Premier League. As for me-well I support 2 teams in the EFL and I dont really care about the Premier League. Im a EFL fanatic.

MattFromLondonist

No mention of Camden Town? I lived in the area for 5 years and never worked out how to find my platform without staring at the monitors for ages, before crashing into lots of people. Most confusing station to be served by just one line?

Melvyn Windebank

Victoria Station is already causing confusion with people using the new North entrance/exit wondering where they are going and where Victoria Station has gone when they reach Street level .....

Just wait to Elizabeth Line opens in December with links to both Liverpool Street and Moorgate depending on which end of the train your on !

Melvyn Windebank

Just wait until Elizabeth Line opens in December with Station with Liverpool Street at one end and Moorgate at opposite end of the train and finding your at the wrong end !

Paddington Station is made even more confusing with Circle and Hammersmith and City Line having a totally seperate Station next to main line platforms. Paddington will grow even more complex when new link from Bakerloo Line platforms to Elizabeth Line opens and next on the list is upgraded Bakerloo entrance linked to Cube development just approved.

While Victoria Station still has links to Circle and District lines to open and already passengers leaving the Victoria Line via new Bressenden Place route wonder where they are when Mainline Station is not there when the reach Street level !