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There are 290 spaces in the National Theatre car park.

The car park can be accessed via 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).

Our car park has wheelchair and lift access to the main foyers for the Olivier and Lyttelton theatres during National Theatre opening hours (see Your visit for opening hours). There are spaces for blue badge holders.

The height restriction for vehicles using the car park is 6’2” (1.88m). Coaches can drop off/pick up patrons at the back of our building, but this is a waiting area only.

When visiting the Dorfman theatre, disabled patrons can park opposite Stage Door. This should be arranged by calling our Access line 020 7452 3961.

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.

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 machines take payment cards only. Touch cards can also be used at the exit barriers.

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.

For further Access information please contact or call the Access line 020 7452 3961.

Congestion Charge

The National Theatre is inside the congestion charge zone. The £15 daily charge applies between 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday, and 12 midday to 6pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. No charge between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day bank Holiday (inclusive). (Information correct in July 2022)

For the most up-to-date information and to find out about ways to pay, visit Transport for London.​

  • Motorcyles

The opening time and fee information in the Car Park section above also relates to motorcycles.