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London to Chartwell by train and bus or taxi

Chartwell, the home of Winston Churchill, is a popular attraction. It is not near a station but there are several bus services from stations to Chartwell and I have picked the easiest routes for visitors from London.

Chartwell is open March to October, Daily 1000-1700, House from 1130 by timed ticket.


Buses from Oxted station stop ½ mile from Chartwell, please see the times below.

to Chartwell, Monday-Friday


The nearest bus on Saturdays is to Westerham, then it is a 2 mile walk to Chartwell. Buses to Westerham operate from Bromley N/S, Hayes, Oxted and Sevenoaks stations.

Sunday & Bank Holidays*

Hourly buses from Bromley South and Hayes stations operate all the way to Chartwell when the House is open. This is the easiest route, please see the times below. The bus passes Biggin Hill Memorial Museum which tells the story of the fighter station's important part in the Battle of Britain, look out for the replica Spitfire aircraft by the Museum entrance.

to Chartwell, Sunday & BH

* For Bank Holiday dates see

Photograph of Chartwell



Taxis can be used daily from Oxted and Sevenoaks stations, both about 7 miles from Chartwell. For telephone numbers of local taxi operators please see the station posters:

Oxted station poster Sevenoaks station poster

Monday to Friday: to Chartwell via Oxted

London Victoria 0950x1150x
Clapham Junction 0957x1157x
Oxted 1031x1231x
Bus 236
Oxted Station 11201320
Mapleton Road* 11371337

x = Temporary timetable, normally there's a train 30 minutes later.

* = Chartwell is ½ mile (about 10 minutes walk) from the bus stop.

Bus 236
Mapleton Road 14201720
Oxted Station 14371737
Oxted 1523e1753
Clapham Junction 1556e1826
London Victoria 1604e1832

e = Temporary timetable, normally there's a train 30 minutes earlier.

Travelcards and Oyster cards cannot be used to Oxted and on bus 236.

The times of trains and buses are provided in good faith but errors are possible and they may change, please check before you travel with National Rail (trains) and Southdown Buses (bus 236).

Oxted map
Westerham map

Sunday & Bank Holidays: to Chartwell via Bromley South or Hayes

On Sundays and Bank Holidays* when Chartwell House is open bus 246 operates from Bromley all the way to Chartwell, passing Bromley South and Hayes stations (both in London Zone 5). Bus 246 is a Transport for London route so London Travelcards and Oyster cards can be used on the bus to Chartwell, despite it being several miles outside London.

Beware that engineering work sometimes affects Sunday and Bank Holiday train services so you should always check the train times with National Rail Enquiries before you travel.

There are slower trains to Bromley South from Blackfriars.

* For Bank Holiday dates see:

Photograph of Chartwell Golden Roses

Chartwell Golden Roses

Sunday & Bank Holidays via Bromley South

Bus 246 operates to Chartwell until 31 October 2021.

London Victoria084009401040and
Bromley South 085709571057then
Bus 246 hourly
Bromley South 092910281128
Chartwell 101311141215
Bus 246
Chartwell 1219and 16201720
Bromley South 1306then 17051804
Train hourly
Bromley South 1331until 17311831
London Victoria1348 17481848

The times of trains and buses are provided in good faith but errors are possible and they may change, please check before you travel with National Rail (trains) and Transport for London (bus 246). A timetable for bus 246 is available from London Bus Routes. Always check weekend and Bank Holiday train times because they may be altered for engineering work.

Bus 246 also passes Hayes station (about 13 minutes after Bromley South) which has trains from either Charing Cross and Waterloo East, or Cannon Street, plus London Bridge. Check train times for your date of travel with National Rail, simply enter 'London' as your 'From' station to see the options.

Bromley map Hayes map

FAQ: I have a 7-Day Travelcard for London Zones 1-2, can I really use it for travel on the bus to Chartwell?

Yes, you can use it because bus 246 to Chartwell is a London bus route and zones don't apply to buses.

However, you will need to pay for the train journey from the boundary of zone 2 to Bromley South or Hayes (both are in zone 5).
If your 7-Day Travelcard is on Oyster just make sure you have enough PAYG (Pay As You Go) credit on your Oyster card (£7 will be sufficient for the two train journeys). There are no barriers at Hayes so take care to touch-out and remember to touch-in when you return.
If your 7-Day Travelcard is a paper (National Rail) ticket show it at the ticket office and ask for a day return from 'Boundary Zone 2' to Bromley South or Hayes. Use your Travelcard to start your journey in London, then switch to the paper ticket marked OUT to exit at Bromley South or Hayes. Start the return train journey with the RTN paper ticket, then your Travelcard in London.

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