Getting to Kingston upon Thames

Kingston-upon-Thames is a popular shopping destination in the South West of Greater London. It lies within the M25 around 15 kilometres (10.5 miles) South West of Central London. It is on the River Thames and flanked by Richmond Park and Bushy Park. Hampton Court, Wimbledon and Richmond are within easy reach. You can get to Kingston from London Waterloo by train in 30 minutes. (15 minutes to Surbiton Station which is a short bus ride or 20 minute walk from Kingston)

By bus

By car and parking

Kingston is close to M25, M3 and A3 and around 15 miles from Heathrow  Airport and 30 miles from Gatwick Airport.

Kingston is well served by car parks (7,000 spaces) Like any shopping area, you’ll risk being stuck in queues at the weekends.

Listed below are the main car parks with post code for your satnav:

Bentall Centre A and B car parks
John Lewis car park
Ashdown Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2NH
Fairfield North, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QY
Rose: Kent Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 (Handy for Rose Theatre)
Bittoms Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2AG
Eden Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1BW

Cycling in Kingston

Getting better for cyclists. Routes take you on busy roads and pedestrianised areas where it’s safer to dismount on busy days. There is a wide riverside path which is off limits to cyclists heading in the Surbiton direction. Heading towards Richmond on the riverside is more pleasurable as there is a multi-use pathway. Cycle racks are at a premium on a busy day and Kingston has a high (but falling) bike theft rate. is a fantastic cycling resource for Kingston cyclists.

By River

The river boats generally run from April to October between Hampton Court, Kingston and Richmond.
See Turks website for details
Parr’s website

On foot

The river walks are beautiful at any time of year. You have to leave the riverside at the end of Queen Elizabeth Walk in Surbiton but othersise, you can take a long, meandering stroll along the 8 mile stretch from Richmond  past Kingston to Surbiton.
Walk London routes are:

Section 8: Ewell to Kingston Directions
Section 9: Kingston to Hatton Cross Directions


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