The Millennium Seed Bank is home to an underground treasure trove of over 2.4 billion seeds from around the world, keeping them safe and conserving them for the future. 

Visit the official Kew website here for more information about visiting the Millenium Seed Bank.

Getting to the Millennium Seed Bank is possible by train if you hop off at Balcombe station (or Three Bridges). You will though either need to catch the 272 bus service to Wakehurst Place Drive which drops you off outside the entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens or hail a taxi which takes around 14 minutes. 

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:30 - 14:30
Saturday 06:30 - 14:30
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Nearest station with more facilities

The nearest station(s) with more facilities than Balcombe are:

  • Haywards Heath
  • Three Bridges
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Call Customer Services 03451 272920

Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Car parking spaces48
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£134.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces10
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
car park
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes

Partially step free access.  Step-free access via ramp from car park to platform 1 (for trains to London). Footbridge with steps to platform 2 (for trains to Brighton). Nearest step-free staffed station is Haywards Heath.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis to/from this station to/from the nearest accessible station can be arranged through Southern Assisted Travel - 0800 138 1016. For other taxi journeys, contact local taxi companies, details of which can be found at

Departures and arrivals from Balcombe

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Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to BrightonThameslink19:422Late
to BrightonThameslink20:382On time
to CambridgeThameslink20:391On time
to BrightonThameslink21:382On time
to CambridgeThameslink21:391On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from CambridgeThameslink20:382On time
from BrightonThameslink20:391On time
from CambridgeThameslink21:382On time
from BrightonThameslink21:391On time
from CambridgeThameslink22:382On time

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