First Time in Wimbledon and Merton

If you are planning your first trip to Wimbledon, here are some tips to ensure you have a trouble free journey.   Please bear in mind that engineering works on railway lines may mean that some routes or sections of routes are not available.

Heathrow Airport to Wimbledon

Heathrow Airport is London’s major airport and is located 15 miles west of central London and just over 16 miles from Wimbledon.  There are five terminals, Terminal One, Two, Three, Four and Five.  Terminals One, Two and Three are serviced by one underground station on the Piccadilly Line, while Terminals Four and Five each have their own underground station, also on the Piccadilly Line.   Frequent Piccadilly line trains leave directly to central London from the terminals with a journey time of approximately one hour. For Wimbledon catch the Piccadilly line at any of the terminals for a journey to Earls Court, taking approximately 40 minutes.  Change onto the south-bound District Line of the London Underground which will take you directly to Wimbledon Station in about 20 minutes.  Please note that their are no underground trains during the night.  Current ticket prices and travel information on London’s buses and underground are available using Transport for London’s Journey Planner on our Travel Page.

Frequent Heathrow Express trains take up to 20 minutes to reach Paddington Station in Central London. At Paddington Station change to the District Line of the London Underground which will take you directly to Wimbledon Station in approximately 28 minutes.  You can find a train timetable on the Heathrow Express website.  You can also phone Heathrow Express on 0345 6001515.  For London Underground ticket prices and trains times you can visit the Transport for London Journey Planner on our Travel Page.

Taxi services at each of Heathrow’s terminals are provided by licensed London taxis and journey times to central London or Wimbledon are approximately 60 minutes.  Please allow yourself ample time if travelling by road to or from the airport as heavy traffic can increase these journey times.

Gatwick Airport to Wimbledon

Gatwick Airport is now London’s second airport and is located near the town of Crawley, West Sussex, approximately 27 miles south of central London. There are two terminals, North and South.

The direct train service from Gatwick Airport Station to Clapham Junction station in south west London takes approximately 25 minutes.  At Clapham Junction station you can catch direct trains to Wimbledon station with a journey time of about 7 minutes.  You can check trains times on the National Rail Journey Planner website.

Private hire cars are available at both the Gatwick Airport terminals and although the journey to Wimbledon can be approximately one hour in light traffic, do allow yourself ample time as heavy traffic will these journey times.

Luton Airport has a direct train service to Wimbledon Station, taking approximately 80 minutes.  Luton Airport is 1.8km from Luton Airport Parkway Station and a frequent free bus shuttle service (journey time 5 minutes) operates between the airport and the station.  Please remember that the journey to Wimbledon described above is not available during night hours.  You can check trains times from Luton Airport on the National Rail Journey Planner website.

There are a number of excellent bookshops in Wimbledon, all of which have books on local interest and tourism in the UK.  Wimbledon Library in Wimbledon Hill Road and the local information desk on the first floor of Centre Court Shopping Centre (corner of Queens Road and Wimbledon Broadway also stock tourist leaflets relating to Wimbledon, the London Borough of Merton and tourism in the UK.