Getting here

Getting here


How to get to Hampton Court Palace by train, bus, boat, tube, car. Check our closures and notices page for information on road or rail closures which may affect your visit


How to find us

By train

  • 35 minutes from London Waterloo - calling at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Surbiton and Thames Ditton before arriving at Hampton Court.
  • Trains run every half an hour.
  • You could also get a train to Kingston and then a bus (111, 216 or 411) from there to Hampton Court Gardens. Or a train to Richmond and the R68 bus to Hampton Court.
  • The service is run by South West Trains. Information on planned engineering works is on their website Southwest Trains.
  • Plan your journey using the Tfl journey planner

Hampton Court is in Zone 6 and you can use Oyster Pay as You Go on trains to Hampton Court.

By bus

Bus routes from Kingston: 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, 513. From Richmond: R68*

*These services accept Oyster cards, LT cards, bus passes, Travelcards, Freedom Passes and Saver Tickets. For further information about bus routes please go to the Transport for London website.

By car

  • The palace postcode is KT8 9AU
  • The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads; drivers should follow the brown tourist attraction road signs.
  • From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308.
  • The palace is also accessible via the A3 and then the A309. 


  • Limited parking is available at the palace at a current cost of £1.60 per hour (pay on exit) and on Hampton Court Green (500 metres from the palace entrance) at £1.50per hour. Parking is also available at the Hampton Court train station, 200 metres from the palace (please check at the station for prices).
  • The palace car park has nine disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders. They are available on a first come first served basis and are in the lower car park, near the entrance to the Welcome Centre. Parking is currently free for blue badge holders parked in the disabled bays.

By minibus

Bays in the palace car park are only big enough for a standard car but 12-seater minibuses are just able to fit in. Anything larger may drop off inside the palace gates but should park on Hampton Court Green. 

By taxi

Visitors arriving by taxi may drop off at the gates.  There is a mini-cab firm at Hampton Court station for those wishing to go home by taxi or are heading to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports.

By bicycle

The National Cycle Network route number 4 runs along Barge Walk past the palace. Visitors arriving by bicycle should use the cycle racks provided, which are round the corner to the left of the main palace entrance by the entrance to the Wilderness Garden; those locked to railings may be removed. Cycle racks with weather protection are available at Hampton Court station.

By motorcycle

We have a bay marked M/C in the lower car park by the slope leading to the upper car park. Riders should take a ticket at the entrance barrier and pay on leaving. Parking charges are the same as for cars.

By coach

The nearest coach drop off or collection points are Hampton Court railway station (200 metres from the palace entrance) or Hampton Court Green (500 metres from the palace entrance). Coaches may also park here; coach parking is available free of charge on Hampton Court Green or at a cost of £15 per day at the coach park next to the station.

By motor home/camper van

Visitors with motor homes or camper vans should park on Hampton Court Green where the parking bays are larger and there is no width restriction at the exit. Bays in the palace car park are big enough for a standard car only. Vehicles towing caravans should also park on Hampton Court Green. All items are left at the owner's risk.

Parking is £1.50 per hour at Hampton Court Green. Motor homes cannot be accommodated in the car park next to Hampton Court railway station.

From London airports

  • From Heathrow Airport - take the 111 bus. 
  • From Gatwick Airport - take a train from the airport station to Clapham Junction and change to the Hampton Court train.
  • From City Airport - take the Docklands Light Railway to Canning Town and then the Jubilee Line to Waterloo.  Catch the Hampton Court train from there.

By riverboat

Riverboats run in the summer from Westminster, Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames. The journey from Westminster can take up to 4 hours, depending on the tides.

For information on services from Westminster and Kew, contact Westminster Passenger Services on +44 (0)20 7930 2062 or wpsa.

For services from Richmond and Kingston, contact Turks Launches on +44 (0)20 8546 2434 or Turks Launches.

Visitors with access needs should be aware that the piers at Hampton Court Palace are fixed so do not ride up and down with river water levels. There are also either slopes or a number of steps to get to them.

Personal/private boat

There are two moorings along Barge Walk for personal/private boats: the Privy Garden mooring by the Tijou Screens close to the palace and the Kingston Bridge mooring opposite Barge Walk Cottages near Kingston Bridge. The latter is a mile away from the palace by road (three miles along Barge Walk).

In line with Environmental Agency policy the first 24 hours are free. After that the cost is £5 per day.  Boats may stay for a maximum of 72 hours. Moorings are available on a first come first served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.

By tube

There is no tube station near Hampton Court. The nearest are Wimbledon (from where you can catch the train) or Richmond (then the R68 bus). Both are on the District Line. London Overground services also run to Richmond station.

Travelling in London

For further information about travelling in London try the Transport for London Journey Planner


Direct express transport service between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace

A daily scheduled shuttle service between Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle is available to take visitors between the two attractions, so you can visit both historic sights in one day.

Shuttle transfer services only run during lunchtimes and pick up / drop off at local TfL bus stops.

Drop off: Bus Stop F 'Hampton Court Palace' immediately outside Hampton Court Palace. 

Pickup: Bus Stop E 'Hampton Court Green - Cardinal Wolsey' on the Hampton Court Road. [Simply exit the Palace and cross the road at the light controlled pedestrian crossing and turn right towards the roundabout. Follow the road round passing Sir Christopher Wren's former home and continue for approximately 50 yards.]

They can only accept passengers who have pre-booked so for information about prices, times and to pre-book please visit

Downloadable Resources

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    Map to Hampton Court Palace - English
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    Map to Hampton Court Palace - French
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    Map to Hampton Court Palace - German
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    Map to Hampton Court Palace - Italian
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    Map to Hampton Court Palace - Spanish
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