Useful travel information to help you plan your visit, whether you’re coming to the Olivier, Lyttelton or Dorfman theatres, for a drink at The Understudy, or just to relax in our foyers and terraces.
Travelling to the South Bank
However you’re travelling to us on the South Bank, you’ll find we’re well connected with multiple travel options to choose from:
Performances at other theatres
For Dear England at the Prince Edward Theatre, The Motive and the Cue at the Noël Coward Theatre, Standing at the Sky’s Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on Drury Lane, and Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre details are available below.
Plan your journey on London underground or national rail services.
Our nearest tube stations are Waterloo (5-minute walk), Southwark (10-minute walk) or Embankment (10-minute walk). You can plan your journey using the TFL journey planner
Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross stations are all a 10–15-minute walk from the National. You can check train times and service updates on the National Rail website.
Cycle routes and storage
You’ll find bicycle racks outside our Espresso Bar on the corner of Theatre Square, and opposite the Dorfman Theatre on the east side of the building.
We recommend using Cyclestreets to help plan your route.
Santander Cycle Hire
There are three docking stations near the National Theatre – two on Upper Ground (one below Waterloo Bridge) and one in Concert Hall Approach. Visit tfl.gov.uk/SantanderCycles for more information.
To avoid fines, please note: Lambeth Council are trialling changes to traffic flows along Upper Ground and Belvedere Road (the road behind the National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall). If you turn right onto Upper Ground when exiting our car park and continue westbound under Waterloo Bridge onto Belvedere Road, you will incur a fine.
There are two options to leave the area: either turn left out of our car park onto Upper Ground and then take the immediate right onto Cornwall Road and exit out of the area via that route. Or, turn right out of our car park onto Upper Ground and then take the first left onto the slip road up to the Waterloo/IMAX roundabout, before driving under Waterloo Bridge.
Full details of the scheme are available on the Lambeth Council consultations page (this link opens a new tab)
We have an underground car-park with 290 spaces. The car park can be accessed via the south-west corner of the National Theatre, on Upper Ground. The height restriction for vehicles using the car park is 6’2” (1.88m).
Car Park Opening Hours
The Car Park is open Mondays to Fridays from 6am to midnight, and Saturdays and Sundays 7am to midnight.
National Theatre car park hourly rate are as follows:
- Up to 2 hours £7
- Up to 4 hours £11
- Up to 8 hours £16
- Up to 12 hours £24
- Up to 24 hours £28
Evening rate from 5pm – midnight: £8.50, no validation required
Public holidays: £8.50 all day, no validation required.
We offer concessionary rates for daytime ticket holders attending a matinee performance.
- Ticket holders attending a matinee performance at the National Theatre: £8.50 up to 7pm
- Ticket holders attending a matinee and evening performance at the National Theatre: £15 all day
For these ticket holder prices, please validate your card park ticket in person at the ground floor Box Office. Lost tickets will be charged at full daily rate.
There are four payment machines: one in the car park near the entrance to the theatre, one in the car park towards the BFI exit, and two in the basement lobby. All the machines take card payment only.
Touch cards can also be used at the exit barriers.
The opening time and fee information in the Car Park section above also relates to motorcycles.
Blue Badge holders
When attending a performance, 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.
Free parking is available in the National Theatre Car Park for Blue Badge holders attending a performance. 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.
When visiting the Dorfman theatre, disabled patrons can park opposite Stage Door. To arrange a space, please call our access line.
For further Access information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Access line 020 7452 3961.
Taxis should be encouraged to drop-off behind the National Theatre, on Upper Ground.
For wheelchair users and customers with additional access requirements
The step-free drop-off point is on the private road to the east of the National Theatre, between the National Theatre and the IBM building. This will ensure you a step free route to the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman theatres.
Other London theatres
Dear England at the Prince Edward Theatre
Playing to 9 October 2023 to 13 January 2024.
The Prince Edward Theatre is located on Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4HS
Visit Delfont Mackintosh Theatre’s Dear England web page to plan your visit and for details of Access bookings.
Visit our show page for Dear England for more information and a booking link to Delfont Mackintosh.
The Motive and the Cue at the Noël Coward Theatre
Playing from 9 December 2023 to 23 March 2024.
The Noël Coward Theatre is located at 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AP
Visit our show page for The Motive and the Cue in the West End
Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre
Playing from 8 February 2024.
The Gillian Lynne Theatre is located on Drury Lane.
166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW
Visit our show page for Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre
Playing from 10 February 2024.
The Lyric Theatre is located at 29 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7ES.
Visit our show page for Hadestown