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.
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 www.bhmm.org.uk 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.
* For Bank Holiday dates see www.gov.uk/bank-holidays.
x = Temporary timetable, normally there's a train 30 minutes later.
* = Chartwell is ½ mile (about 10 minutes walk) from the bus stop.
e = Temporary timetable, normally there's a train 30 minutes earlier.
Travelcards and Oyster cards cannot be used to Oxted and on bus 236.
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:
Bus 246 resumed operating to Chartwell from 18 April 2021.
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.
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 (£6 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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