Travel to the National Theatre


National Theatre
Upper Ground
South Bank
London SE1 9PX

The National Theatre is on the South Bank, just minutes from Covent Garden, the West End and Waterloo. The main entrance is on the riverside walkway.

A brilliant NT Future is on the way

Our major redevelopment project, NT Future, is underway. Due to the building works, some changes have been made to the car park and drop-off points, and to the foyers. Please read the information below to plan your upcoming visit to the National Theatre.

We strongly recommend that you travel to the National by public transport if you can, especially at the weekend: there are temporarily fewer spaces in the car park beneath the building. Other information regarding travelling to the National by car or taxi can be found in the relevant section below.

Inside the National Theatre, the Box office is now located in its permanent new home, the Sackler Pavillion on the Ground Floor. The Lyttelton Cloakroom is next to the Bookshop on the Ground Floor.
Please allow extra time to navigate the building and locate facilities; staff will be happy to assist you.
 

Transport for London Journey Planner logo

Plan your journey to the NT using Transport for London's Journey Planner. Enter 'Royal National Theatre' and select 'Place of interest' as the destination.

 

  • Bicycle Racks

There are bicycle racks outside the Espresso Bar at the corner of Theatre Square on the North-West side of the National, and opposite the Dorfman Theatre on the East side.

 

  • Santander Cycle Hire

There are three docking stations near the NT – two in Upper Ground (one below Waterloo Bridge) and one in Concert Hall Approach.

Go to tfl.gov.uk/SantanderCycles for more information.

 

  • Buses

All the following buses cross Waterloo Bridge:

1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, Riverside Bus (RV1 – which also stops on Upper Ground which runs by the back of the National Theatre).

77 (Upper Ground near the Festival Hall), 211 & 507 (Waterloo Road near Waterloo station), 381 (Stamford Street).

45, 63 & 100 all stop at the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge, and there is a 10 minute walk along the riverside to the National.

Stationlink provide a fully accessible, low-floor bus service stopping at Waterloo. Route 705 runs every 30 minutes, linking Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, London Bridge, Waterloo, St Thomas' Hospital, Victoria, Victoria Coach Station and Paddington.

 

  • Cars

If you need to come by car, dropping off guests at ground level will be difficult so please go straight to the car park if possible.

Car Park – National Theatre basement, accessed from Upper Ground

Opening times are 7am to 1am.

The entrance ramp to the car park is at the South-West corner of the National Theatre, on Upper Ground, by Theatre Avenue (the road between the National Theatre and the British Film Institute). Until NT Future works are completed, temporary signage will be used to make the new entrance as clear as possible. The exit ramp is on the east side of the building, exiting onto Upper Ground

Please note: There are fewer spaces in the Car Park due to NT Future building works. On occasion, particularly at weekends, the NT Car Park fills up completely, so you should plan to arrive in plenty of time.

Spaces in the basement Car Park are £8.00 after 5.00pm or if you attend a daytime ticketed event and leave before 7pm. Combined matinee and evening show rate £14.00. Validation must be obtained from the Box Office. Sundays/public holidays: £8.00 all day.

If the car park is full there is an independently operated car park nearby at Cornwall Road.

  • Blue Badge holders

Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off at the top of Theatre Avenue (the road between the British Film Institute and the National Theatre), before parking in the car park; there will be a very limited number of spaces for oversized vehicles only above ground.

Free parking is available in the NT Car Park for Blue Badge holders attending a performance or eating at the National.
When attending a performance, or dining at an NT restaurant, Blue Badge holders can park anywhere in the car park and there are spaces near the lifts reserved for use by disabled people. There is a ramped entrance with semi-automatic doors to the basement foyer and lifts.

For free parking, Blue Badge holders should take their badge, theatre ticket and car park ticket to any Box Office in the foyers for validation, prior to leaving.

For further Access information phone 020 7452 3000 or email access@nationaltheatre.org.uk

Drop-Off Points
For customers with access needs, the drop-off point for cars and taxis for all four theatres is now at the top of Theatre Avenue (the road to the west, between the National and the British Film Institute).

  • Electric cars

There are two electric vehicle charging points on the South Bank – on Concert Hall Approach, and at the junction of Cornwall Road and Upper Ground

  • Congestion Charge

The National Theatre is inside the congestion charge zone. The daily charge applies between 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

For more information and to find out about ways to pay, visit Transport for London.

 

  • Coaches

Setting-down point in Upper Ground is at the back of the National.

 

  • Rail

Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross (across the river via the Hungerford Bridge) are all a 10-15 minute walk from the National.

Download a pictorial route for details of how to follow a step-free route to the National Theatre from Waterloo.

 

  • Taxis

Taxis should be encouraged to drop off behind the South Bank Centre, a few metres to the west of the National Theatre, to avoid congestion.

For customers with access needs, the drop-off point for taxis for all four theatres is now at the top of Theatre Avenue (the road to the west, between the National and the British Film Institute). There is a barrier here, but taxi drivers can use the intercom system to talk to our Security team, who will raise the barrier to allow access nearer the Theatre entrance.

 

  • Underground

The closest tube stations are Waterloo (on the Northern, Bakerloo & Jubilee lines), Southwark (on the Jubilee line) or walk over the Hungerford Bridge from Embankment (on the Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines). Download a pictorial route for details of how to follow a step-free route to the National Theatre from Waterloo.

Get up-to-date information on line closures from the Transport for London website.

South Bank information

For help planning your visit, and to find out what's happening on London's South Bank please visit South Bank London

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