Getting to Richmond upon Thames

Getting here

From Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is 12 miles from Richmond upon Thames, approximately half an hour by car or taxi, depending on traffic congestion. However, there are a multitude of ways to get to Richmond from Heathrow by public transport.

Buses run from all terminals at Heathrow to Feltham station every 10 minutes. From Feltham there are direct trains to Twickenham and Richmond. The 490 bus takes you from Terminal 5 to Richmond.

Alternatively, you could take the Piccadilly underground line from Heathrow to Hammersmith, then change onto the District Line and take the next tube directly to Kew Gardens or Richmond. Take the Piccadilly line to Hounslow East and get on the H37 or H22 buses to Richmond. Or, change at South Ealing for the 65 bus (Richmond & Kingston).

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From Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is 30 miles from Richmond upon Thames and takes approximately 45 minutes by car or taxi, depending on traffic congestion. Alternatively, take the train from Gatwick direct to Clapham Junction (NOT the Gatwick Express which goes to London Victoria). From Clapham Junction there are direct trains to any of the railway stations in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

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From London City Airport

The airport is situated only 10 miles from the West End and six miles from the City of London. In front of the terminal there is a special airport shuttlebus to Canning Town, Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street London Underground stations from where you can take the tube to London Waterloo. From there you can take a train to Richmond upon Thames.

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From Stansted Airport

The Stansted Express train will bring you into Liverpool Street Station, London. The journey time is 41 minutes. From Liverpool Street take the underground to London Waterloo. Direct trains to Richmond upon Thames leave on a regular basis from London Waterloo and take approximately 20 minutes with a regular service or 10 to 15 minutes with a fast service.

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From London Luton Airport

The airport is 35 miles from central London, easily accessible via the M1 and M25. Trains to central London take about 25 minutes. A constant, free shuttle bus service operates to and from Luton Airport Parkway station, situated approximately half a mile from the airport terminal building.

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The Eurostar from Paris or Brussels arrives at London St Pancras International. Take the Victoria Line to Vauxhall then change to a South West Train service from London Waterloo to Richmond.

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The Eurotunnel lies between Folkestone, England and Calais, France. The journey takes 35 minutes and there are up to 4 trains an hour, 24 hours a day. You need to be travelling in a vehicle to use this service; pedestrian passengers are not permitted. From Folkestone, Richmond upon Thames is 79 miles.


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AA route planner website>

By Ferry

Many different ferry companies operate between Europe and the UK. To plan a train journey from your port of arrival to Richmond upon Thames view the National Rail Enquiries website, or use the AA route plannerif you are travelling by car.

Ferry Company websites:

By Car

The M3, M25 and M4 all provide easy access to the area.

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By Coach

National Express coaches run regularly to central London (Victoria Coach Station) from across the UK. Then take the underground (District Line to Kew or Richmond) or a train to Clapham Juntion (only 2 stops) and then a South West Train directly to the Richmond area.

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By Underground (Tube)

The Borough is served by the District Line of the London Underground Service to Richmond and Kew Gardens.

London Underground pages on the Transport for London website>

By Train

There are 15 SWT (South West Trains) Railway Stations in the Borough. From Clapham Junction you can get a direct train to any of these stations. Clapham Junction can be reached from London Waterloo or London Victoria in approximately 10 minutes.

Waterloo station can be reached directly in 20 minutes from Richmond allowing good connections to the city, the West End, as well as the south-east coast.

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Train times can be obtained from the National rail enquiries website. More details about rail travel around London can be found on the Transport for London website.

SWT stations in the Borough are:
• Richmond
• Hampton Court
• Barnes
• Barnes Bridge
• Mortlake
• North Sheen
• Kew Gardens
• Twickenham
• Strawberry Hill
• Whitton
• Fulwell
• Hampton
• Hampton Wick
• St Margarets
• Teddington

London Overground Trains

Richmond and Kew Gardens also connect to North London and East London via the London Overground Train line.

London Overground pages on Transport for London website>