Travel options to the National Theatre


The National Theatre is one of the most iconic attractions of London and is home to a wide variety of outstanding stage performances every year.

Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, the theatre is just a few minutes walking distance from such landmarks as Covent Garden, the West End and Waterloo, with its Box Office located in the Sackler Pavillion on the ground floor.

National Theatre

Individuals planning to attend the National Theatre might therefore wonder how best to get there, but in reality, there are plenty of options to get all lovers of stage and theatre to their seats on time.

Travel by rail and Tube

Railway stations Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross are within a ten-minute walk of the National Theatre, meaning there are plenty of options when it comes to booking a train to the area prior to a performance.

Furthermore, London Underground services in the vicinity of South Bank include Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee lines), Southwark (Jubilee line) or via the Hungerford Bridge from Embankment (Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines).

Up to date information on Tube closures affecting the area can be found by visiting the Transport for London website.

Bus links to the National Theatre

Waterloo Bridge is the nearest bus stop to the South Bank and the National Theatre, with an array of options available for those seeking transit from across the capital.

Bus services that stop at Waterloo Bridge are: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521 and X68.

Meanwhile, the 45, 63 and 100 services all stop at the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge – itself a short ten-minute walk from the theatre.

Drop-off points

For those booking taxis or being dropped off by friends or loved ones, individuals are reminded there is now a single drop-off point located at the top of Theatre Avenue.

Theatre Avenue can be found to the west of South Bank, between the National Theatre and the British Film Institute. Blue badge holders and guests with special needs should be dropped off at this area, where a temporary entry has been set up.

Travel by car

Parking is available at the National Theatre for those who prefer to travel by car, although motorists are advised that space is limited and they will be subject to Congestion Charging when entering the capital in their vehicle.

The car park can be found in the basement of South Bank and is accessed via the upper ground level. It is open from 7am until 1am and spaces are charged at £8 after 5pm or £14 for a full day.