65 Bus to Kew Gardens
If you want to come to Kew Gardens by bus take route 65. Buses stop just outside Victoria Gate, but one can also get off at Kew Green and use Main Gate. 65 operate between Kingston and Ealing via Richmond and Kew.
Fares are currently £2 (cash fare) and £1 on Oyster Card (£1.20 after 2/01/2010).
Tube it to Kew
Kew Gardens is a stop on the District Line (Green line) falling in zone 3
You need to cross over the railway bridge to get onto the side where Kew Gardens is.
We did notice that for wheelchair access there must be an accessible crossing further on, there is a map at the station giving the layout of Kew. The Victoria gate is the quickest gate to enter from for the tube station.
There is a busy pub right by the tube if you feel in need of a swift half before travelling home
Getting to Kew
The easiest way to get to Kew is by tube. Kew Gardens station is located on the District Line (green line), on the Richmond branch. If you are coming from central London, you may need to change trains at Turnham Green - just make sure you are on a Richmond train, not Ealing Broadway (they leave from the same platform).
If you are coming from Ealing Broadway direction, you will also need to change trains at Turnham Green, crossing over to the other platform for the Richmond Train.
Silverlink trains also have a service that stops at Kew Gardens station. Silverlink trains start in East London, travel across the top of London and end up in Richmond (via Kew). Again, there are different services, so you may have to change trains somewhere like Willesden Junction, making sure you are on a Richmond train.
You can also catch Southwest Trains to Kew Bridge Station, which is a 10-15 minutes walk from Kew Gardens. If you do catch a train here and don't want to walk, cross the road and jump on a bus that is going to Richmond, as these drive via Kew.
Speaking of buses, there are also several bus lines that drive through Kew. The main ones are the number 65, which travels to/from Ealing - Kingston, via Kew & Richmond. There is also the 391, which travels between Richmond and Fulham, driving past Kew Gardens station.
Parking near the gardens can be difficult, so public transport is recommended.
- Family Travel
The Kew Explorer
Relax and take a 40 min cruise around the gardens in the new Kew Explorer - it's 3.50GBP for adults and a pound for children - with a commentary. You can hop on and off throughout the day at any of the 8 stops.
Tours depart on the hour (starting at Stop 1 which is at Victoria Gate). So subseqent stops are 5 mins later eg Stop 2 will depart at 11.05 etc etc.
I didn't take this tour but plenty of people did so start queueing early!
I got there too early to use the Kew Explorer, a tram that takes visitors around the gardens for a 40 minute trip. The tram doesn't start running until 11 am.
With the London Pass it would have cost an extra L1 to use.
Travel from London
Traveling from London to Kew Gardens is quite easy. Take the District line tube towards Richmond to the Kew Gardens stop and then follow the signs to the gardens. From Gloucester Road it was about a 30 minute trip on the tube and about a 5 minute walk.
Kew is in zone 3, if you have a travelcard that only covers zone 1 or zone 1-2, you can get an extension valid to zone 3. I had a zone 1-2 weekly travelcard and it was an additional L1.10 each way.
Train from Waterloo
You can get to Kew Gardens from Waterloo station. Take a train for Hounslow and alight at Kew Bridge. Outside the station, turn right, cross the intersection diagonally, cross the bridge over the river, turn right just after the bridge, and the main entrance to Kew Gardens is 20 metres straight on.
Kew Bridge station is in tube zone 3 so you can get there with the relevant tube ticket. Note that you should buy your return ticket in advance because you will be unable to do so at Kew Bridge station.
District line To Kew Gardens station
From the centre of London, you can get to Kew Gardens by taking the Westbound District Line tube, Richmond branch. Alight a Kew Gardens and follow the signs. The station is in zone 3 so make sure your ticket covers it.
Bus to help Disabled
This is a ideal way to see the gardens at Kew especially for those who have difficulty getting around.