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International Travel to
Chessington World of Adventures Resort

Chessington is located perfectly for all international guests arriving into London’s main airports.

Whether Adventurer’s are hiring a car or making use of London’s transport network Chessington is right on London’s doorstep. Getting here is quick and easy from the country’s main airports; here is some information to help you plan your adventure.

Car Hire

Car hire is available in all London airports arrivals areas. We recommend that you contact your chosen company before you leave to make a prior reservation. Once you have your vehicle, we can be found using our postcode KT9 2NE on a navigational system.

If you are traveling though the centre of London please be aware of the London Congestion Charge or if you are traveling on the M25 over the Dartford Crossing (located to the east of London: between junction 31 and 1) please be aware of the Dart Charge.

There are plenty of car spaces available in our hotel car park right next to the resort. If staying at the hotel parking is free, otherwise if you are visiting on a day trip parking is £3. Car park tickets can be purchased online or during your visit.

Dragons Fury at Chessington

Dragon Falls

By Air and Train

Chessington World of Adventures Resort is located just a ten minute walk along Leatherhead Rd from Chessington South overground station (zone 6). The South West train service regularly leaves from London Waterloo.

More information about train travel is available at the official Transport for London website.

  • Heathrow Airport: Arriving at Heathrow, means you have easy access to the London Underground network via the Heathrow underground station on the Piccadilly line. This takes you into central London (zone 1). Make your way to London Waterloo and board the South West Train to Chessington South. Both Heathrow and Chessington South are within the Travelcard (Oyster Card) zones, which can be purchased at any station. This is the most cost effective way to travel around London and includes travel on the tube, train and red bus services. Note: this can be a timely journey and will take over an hour to get to Chessington World of Adventures; for a faster option read more about the Heathrow Express, which takes you directly to London Paddington Station.
  • Gatwick Airport: Adventurer’s arriving at Gatwick can make use of the train station within the airport terminal. This station connects directly to Clapham Junction. To make your way to the resort change at Clapham Junction to the South West Train line towards Chessington South station. The journey takes an average time of 1 hour 15mins.
  • London City Airport: Arriving directly into London City Airport has its own Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station that can be used to transfer to a tube service that connects at London Waterloo for services to Chessington South with an average journey time of 1 hour 10mins.
  • Whilst it is possible to access the Resort from both Stanstead and Luton airports, due to limited connections we recommend contacting our friendly Chessington Holidays team on 0871 360 2639.

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday (9am-5pm), and Saturdays and Sundays (9am-3pm).

London Kings Cross St Pancras International & Stratford International Train Stations

For adventurer’s arriving on international train services, make your way to London Waterloo Station and board the South West train service to Chessington South. Single trip tickets can be purchased at London Waterloo, or purchase an oyster card for regular trips around London’s Transport system.

More information about train travel is available at the official Transport for London website


While taxis are available from all airports, the closest airports to the resort are either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports.

Both are located approximately 20miles (32km) from Chessington World of Adventures. Please be aware that the ease and comfort of taxi travel also is the least cost effective means of transport around London.

Meercats at Chessington

Upon Arrival

Are you ready for your wild adventure? Staying at our hotels means you have access to exclusive benefits including:

  • Character Breakfasts*
    Rise and dine with one of our famous friends from Madagascar!
  • Animal Meet & Greets*
    Get "up close and personal" with some of our amazing animals. From the exotic and endangered, to the cute and cuddly!
  • The Rangers Club*
    Kids evening entertainment including interactive mini shows with song and dance and family party games
  • Access to our leisure club including Swimming Pool and Gym
    Discover an oasis in the middle of an African Savannah, within the Chessington Safari Hotel.
  • Zufari Bar and Grill
    Enjoy a delicious selection of dishes at our themed restaurant
  • Exclusive opportunities to access the park after hours during special events just for hotel guests

* Available during weekends and school holidays.

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