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Venues at the National Theatre


Our foyer spaces are open during the day for both visitors and audiences, from 10am Monday to Saturday.

Venues at the National Theatre

There are three theatres at the National Theatre:


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, facing west.

The address is National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX


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.


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Options for travelling to the National Theatre


  • Cars


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.

When visiting the Dorfman theatre, disabled patrons can park opposite Stage Door. This should be arranged through the Box Office.

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, that takes cash and cards, one in the car park towards the BFI exit, and two in the basement lobby that take cards. 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 [email protected] 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.​

Electric vehicles

Our charging points have been removed due to essential works being undertaken in our car park.


  • Motorcyles

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


  • Bicycles

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.

Use Cyclestreets to plan your cycle journey to the National Theatre (link opens a new tab/window)


  • 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 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.

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.


  • Rail

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


  • Taxis

Taxis should be encouraged to drop off behind the National Theatre, on Upper Ground. Visitors can use the access roads on either side of the building for the Olivier and Lyttelton Theatres, and the road on the east side of the building (between the NT and IBM) for the Dorfman Theatre

For customers with access needs, the drop-off point for taxis is on the private road to the east of the National Theatre, between the National and the IBM building:
Customers for the Dorfman Theatre can be dropped off directly outside the entrance for that theatre.
For the Olivier and Lyttelton Theatres, you can be dropped off outside Stage Door (just before the bollards), which gives a step free route into the venue, around the river-front side of the building.


  • Thames River Bus Service

MBNA Thames Clippers run a regular river bus service. Routes, timetables, prices and service updates can be found on the Thames Clippers website.


  • Underground

The nearest 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).

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

South Bank information

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