You’ll be pleased to know that getting to Kensington and Chelsea is very easy, given the many transport options present in the area!
The Underground stations situated in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea are High Street Kensington, Notting Hill, Earls Court, Gloucester Road, South Kensington, Sloane Square, Holland Park, Latimer Road, Ladbroke Grove and West Brompton (only just!).
There are also many bus routes through the borough. Take a look at the Kensington & Chelsea bus route maps from the Transport for London’s website for further details. Alternatively, we’ve compiled quite an extensive guide to buses in Kensington and Chelsea that lists assorted bus routes.
Read on below for a guide to reaching the area from some of the main transport hubs (airports, and bus and train stations) in London. If you’re looking for advice on travelling within Kensington and Chelsea, please see Transport in Kensington & Chelsea.
There are several ways of reaching Kensington & Chelsea from Heathrow Airport.
By far the easiest and cheapest way of travelling from Heathrow to Kensington & Chelsea is by Underground. The Underground serves all (presently) four Heathrow terminals with the Piccadilly Line. This line takes you direct to Earls Court, Gloucester Road, South Kensington and Knightsbridge – all of these stations are in Kensington & Chelsea. Journey time to these stations is approximately 50 minutes – 1 hour. The first three stations also interchange to the Circle and District lines – if you want to go to Notting Hill, for example, or Sloane Square.
There is also an a coach service from Heathrow Airport, run by National Express, that will take you to Earls Court. Journey time is 35 – 45 minutes.
Alternatively, you might prefer to take the nonstop Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station which, although much more expensive than the Underground, only has a journey time of 15 minutes. From Paddington, you can change for the Circle Line to Notting Hill Gate, High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road, South Kensington and Sloane Square.
Heathrow Airport is directly connected to Kensington via the M4 motorway (which then becomes the A4) so taking a taxi is also a reasonable option, albeit a pricer one. You will find queues of the normal London black cabs (taxis) waiting outside Heathrow’s terminal buildings – simply follow the signs. You are obviously at the mercy of motorway traffic, but journey time can be anything from a speedy 25 minutes. The fare will be approximately £50.
The quickest way of travelling from Gatwick Airport is by taking the Gatwick Express train to Victoria Station and then taking the Underground to your destination. Victoria Station is on the Circle and District Lines (and the Victoria Line) and only one stop outside Kensington & Chelsea so you can easily reach Sloane Square, South Kensington, Gloucester Road, Earl’s Court, High Street Kensington or Notting Hill Gate.
Easybus offer a mini-bus service from Gatwick Airport to West Brompton Underground station (on the edge of Kensington & Chelsea, close to Earls Court). This can be a very cost-effective of reaching the area.
Luton Parkway station is a 5-minute transfer bus ride away from Luton Airport. From here, you can get one of the frequent trains to King’s Cross station. You can then, once again, make you onward journey to Kensington & Chelsea by Underground. We advise either taking the Circle Line round (not a direct route – you will have to change trains at Edgware Road station) or take the Picadilly Line to Earl’s Court and change here for your final destination.
Stansted Airport, situated to the northeast of London, is the furthest away of the major London airports. If you can, try flying to one of the other airports above to ease your onward journey to this part of the city.
If you are travelling from Stansted, take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street station, changing here for the Underground – take the Circle Line, which takes you round to stations in K & C (once again requiring a change of trains at Edgware Road station). Alternatively, you can also take the Central Line which goes direct to Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park stations.
Depending on your final destination, and if you’d like to avoid travelling through Liverpool Street station (which is, after all, one of London’s main stations and can get quite busy at times), we recommend taking the Stansted Express to Tottenham Hale station, changing here for the Underground (Victoria Line). You can take this to Green Park station where you change for the Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge, South Kensington, Gloucester Road or Earl’s Court. (So this route from Stansted Airport is obviously ideal for these areas.)
All London’s major train stations – and even the not-so-major ones – have interchanges with the Underground, which means it’s easy to make your way to any of the Tube stops in West London.
Victoria Coach Station is London’s largest bus/coach station to where many of the buses from the rest of the UK and from Europe arrive. The coach station is only a short walk to Victoria Underground station, where you can get the Circle and District lines to Kensington & Chelsea.