Would it be better to change at Victoria or Vauxhall for our journey to Hampton Court from Kings Cross on Saturday?
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Not clear why you would be changing at Victoria - from/to what line ?
Either get the Victoria line from Kings Cross to Vauxhall (it passes through Victoria on the way) or get the Northern Line from Euston (next door to Kings Cross) to Waterloo where the Hampton Court trains start.
Vauxhall is the first stop out of Waterloo on the way to Hampton Court but does have some steep stairs to climb. Waterloo will allow you plenty of time to get settled on the train
Change at Vauxhall. Hampton Court trains start from Waterloo, not Victoria. Travel at the front of the Hampton Court train to be near the exit and ahead of other passengers heading for the Palace. If you are using Oyster or contactless cards remember to touch out on the readers as you leave the platform, there are no barriers at Hampton Court so it is easy to forget.
Thanks for information-don't know why I thought it was Victoria.
>>Vauxhall is the first stop out of Waterloo on the way to Hampton Court but does have some steep stairs to climb.<<
There are lifts.
>> Waterloo will allow you plenty of time to get settled on the train<<
Time for what? You get on the train, and sit down. Easiest to change to make the one change at Vauxhall.
>>Piccadilly line to Leicester Square, Northern Line from Leicester Square to Waterloo. Then direct train Waterloo to Hampton Court is the simplest route. <<
How its that the "simplest" when they can get there with one change at Vauxhall?
>> although the trains are relatively short<<
Eight carriages when I've gone on a week dayEdited: 4:21 pm, November 12, 2015
This is a rather roundabout and time wasting idea.
True you could get the (slow and long) District underground line journey from Victoria to Kew Gardens and then continue one stop to Richmond, but there is no direct rail line from Richmond to Hampton Court station.
There are obviously routes - back on the District Line to Earls Court, then District Line down to Wimbledon then change to a Hampton Court train,, or Richmond to Waterloo (or Clapham Junction) and get the train to Hampton Court., or a bus from Richmond to Hampton Court (via Kingston on Thames)
However I deduce your time is limited and you really need to get to Hampton Court as quickly as possible to maximise time there - a minimum of half a day is needed to do anything like justice to the Palace and Grounds
<<don't know why I thought it was Victoria.>>
Victoria is possible - you'd change trains at Clapham Junction. Probably only makes sense if you are staying near Victoria though
The Victoria Line is known for being the most reliable line (with trains running every few minutes constantly) and the quickest at getting from one side of the city to the other. It would be way faster to get the Victoria Line to Vauxhall and go to Hampton court from there, otherwise you would be wasting time and effort for no good reason. I went to Hampton Court on a weekday and the trains ran relatively often and had plenty of space so you should have no problem getting a seat at Vauxhall. Remember to book your Hampton Court Palace tickets in advance for a cheaper price, if you haven't done so already.