Platform 9 and 3/4 Harry Potter Location
This post will show you how to find Platform 9 and 3/4 in London. Every Harry Potter fan knows the most famous train platform in the world: 9 and 3/4! Located in London’s King’s Cross Station, the barrier between platforms 9 and 10 holds the secret entrance to the magical platform that can only be accessed by running straight ahead – directly into the barrier. This takes wizards and witches out of the ‘muggle’ world and into the magical world where they can pick up the Hogwarts Express, the red steam-engine train that will speed them up to Scotland to Hogwarts. For all witches and wizards, their first entrance into the world of Hogwarts comes as soon as they step through the barrier onto Platform 9 and 3/4. It’s also worth noting that it was near this platform where Harry Potter first met Ron and the entire Weasley gang! Be sure to check out our definitive post on all Harry Potter London film locations. We also have more in-depth posts on finding the most sought after locations, including 12 Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic, Diagon Alley, and Borough Market (the Leaky Cauldron).
To avoid visitors clamouring onto the platforms, King’s Cross has placed the real Platform 9 and 3/4 at the BACK of King’s Cross Rail Station. This means one needs to walk all the way to the end of the station to find it – a short walk and definitely worth it!
And what’s there?
Entrance Through The Barriers: These days there is an actual King’s Cross luggage trolley that is halfway through the barrier at “9 3/4.” Visitors can queue up (TIP: EARLY morning or LATE night are the best times to visit, although the shop may not be open) and have their picture taken whilst they push their trolley through the wall.
King’s Cross is on the rail network, the Underground, and serviced by multiple buses! Use this Google map link for directions.
Underground: King’s Cross Station. Follow signs to the RAIL STATION and walk to the back.
Rail: King’s Cross Rail Station. When you exit your train, turn left and then walk all the way to the back.
Buses: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476 Get off the bus and enter the rail station (light stone and white top) then walk all the way to the back.
NOTE: There is also King’s Cross St. Pancras International Station – that’s not the one you want…it’s just across the street! However, keen Potter-lovers will recognise the International Staton as it serves as the OUTSIDE of King’s Cross in the films.
The Harry Potter Shop: A must visit for all Potter lovers! Located at Platform 9 and 3/4, the Harry Potter Shop is absolutely filled with everything a Potter fan could ever want. Inside are stationery supplies, wands, scarves, bags, books, key chains…and on and on!
Also, whichever house you’re in, the Harry Potter Shop has merchandise for you – so for those of you NOT in Gryffindor this is one guaranteed place to find all the accessories and materials you need to kit yourself out properly to show your house pride!
Visitors to King’s Cross will know there is one small issue with the existence of Platform 9 and 3/4: There is NO barrier between platforms 9 and 10! J. K. Rowling has addressed this and said, “I wrote Platform 9 3/4 when I was living in Manchester, and I wrongly visualised the platforms, and I was actually thinking of Euston, so anyone who’s actually been to the real platforms 9 and 10 in King’s Cross will realise they don’t bear a great resemblance to the platforms 9 and 10 as described in the book. So that’s just me coming clean, there. I was in Manchester; I couldn’t check.”
In the film, the barrier is used is actually the barrier between platforms 3 & 5.
While you’re here, it’s also worth checking out St. Pancras Station! This beautifully resorted Victorian building is located just across the street from King’s Cross Station. Potter-lovers will recognise it as soon as they see it – just in front of the station is where Ron and Harry picked up the Ford Anglia that Ron would then use to fly them to Hogwarts. The iconic image of the car leaving the ground is filmed right in front of St. Pancras!