Kingston has a great variety of bus services to the surrounding areas. The main bus station in Kingston is just a little way along the road from the train station and almost all the buses serving this area will call here. There are many stands but the correct one for buses to any particular area can be found on one of the wall mounted maps around the station.
Most of the buses will also stop somewhere in the main shopping area too, which is handy when you have plenty of bags to carry.
Opposite McDonalds for services to: Richmond, Putney, Wimbledon, Streatham and Tooting;
Outside McDonalds for services to: Surbiton, Chessington, New Malden and Leatherhead;
Outside John Lewis for services to: Hampton Court, Feltham, Hounslow and Heathrow Airport.
Single journey tickets are available on board the buses, costing £1.50. A single journey using an oystercard is £1 at peak times or 80p off peak and bus passes or travelcards can be bought at any newsagent displaying the Transport for London symbol.
These days when I visit Kingston I tend to go by car. There is plenty of parking available in multi-level car parks, and the cost isn't too steep.
For those without a car, you can catch a train or bus. There is no tube station at Kingston - instead you will have to rely on good old South West Trains to get you there. You can catch a train from London Waterloo which will take about 30 minutes. You can also get the train from Wimbledon and Richmond (amongst other places).
There are loads of bus routes that go to or pass through Kingston. In fact I read somewhere that 300 buses and hour pass through Kingston! I know that you can definitely catch the No. 371 or 65 bus from Richmond (outside the station) to Kingston.
For more bus and train info check out these websites.
We always used to come here by bus.
Since we have got a car, we go by car. There is plenty of parking available, and it makes the whole shopping trip more enjoyable... especially when one is carrying a few heavy shopping bags!
There are various parking stations here, at Bentalls, John Lewis, Sainsbury's and a couple more still.
Having said this, I would get here early though, as the parking fills up quickly and it's always nice to get a parking slot closest to the shopping centre...
In addition to the traditional London taxis, in use in the borough of Kingston, there are a number of minicab firms which are well established and in my experience reliable. I have used the one listed to go to Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, booking them a few days in advance and have almost always found it possible to get one at short notice for a small journey the same evening, when they have usually been able to send one to the door within about twenty minutes.
Should you need a taxi from Kingston town centre, the traditional black London taxis can be found waiting either outside the train station or close to McDonalds on Eden Street.
One advantage of using one of these, over calling a minicab is the additional space available for luggage and the fact that more passengers can be seated safely, in addition to the driver. Also, when there is little traffic, they may be less expensive for a short journey, as the minimum fare of many local minicabs is quite high.
Trains for Kingston are run by South West Trains on the line between London Waterloo and Shepperton and on the line which loops round via Richmond and Twickenham. Trains generally leave Waterloo every fifteen minutes during the day. The journey takes just over half an hour. To return to Waterloo, again there are trains every fifteen minutes. Costs start at £3.50 for an off peak single, rising to £6.70 for a peak time day return. London Transport travelcards and season tickets for zone 5 are valid for travel to this station
The trains being less frequent and also running slowly, stopping at every station, I rarely caught the train to or from Kingston when I lived here, preferring to use the quicker, more frequent Surbiton services, followed by a bus to Kingston town centre from its stop, opposite the forecourt of Surbiton station, in front of Waitrose. A London Transport travelcard or season ticket for zone 6 would be needed for this route though.
If you want to go to Hampton Court Palace from Kingston in the summer, the nicest way to travel is by boat, just like Henry the Eighth would have! You have to walk a little way along the river towards Surbiton to catch the boat, which will drop you off by the bridge leading to the palace.
It's a lovely journey, as you travel alongside the palace's grounds most of the way, often accompanied by swans, and see the decorative Royal gates as you arrive.
The boats leave every twenty to thirty minutes during the day, but stop quite early in the evening, so if you want to return later in the evening you can buy a single ticket for the boat and then take the bus back to Kingston.
a single ticket is £3.50 and a return is £5
Kingston is in zone 5 of the London transport system.Trains go to Winbledon/Waterloo and Richmond. The station is located right in the centre of town.