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Travelling to the Royal Festival Hall

There are multiple ways to get to the Royal Festival Hall. Although it is possible to drive we encourage people to take public transport where possible.

By Tube

The closest tube stations to the Royal Festival Hall are Embankment station (Bakerloo, Northern, District & Circle lines) and Waterloo station (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines).
To help you plan your route, please use the journey planner on the TFL website.

By Train

The closest stations to the Royal Festival Hall are:

  • Waterloo
  • Waterloo East
  • Charing Cross
  • Blackfriars
By Bus

Route RV1 stops on Belvedere Road (less than a minute’s walk away)

Routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 521, N1, N68, N171 and N343 stop on Waterloo Bridge (a two-minute walk away)

Routes 76, 77, 211, 341, 381, 507, N381, N76 and RV1 stop on York Road (a five-minute walk away)

By Road

There is a drop-off on the slip road outside Southbank Centre Square.

We encourage travel by public transport as parking in the local area is very restricted.
The Southbank Centre has two car parks:
• National Theatre Car Park
• Cornwall Road Multi-Storey Car Park

There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall slip road off Belvedere Road (the road between Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery). Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and use of them is free. You are required to display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.

Free parking in the National Theatre car park and APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park is available to Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre. 

Congestion Charge
The Royal Festival Hall is inside the congestion charge zone. The daily charge applies between 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

find out more about the congestion charge and how to pay

By Bike

Bicycle parking is located in Southbank Centre Square, off Belvedere Road. There are Cycle Hire stands on Concert Hall Approach, over the road from Southbank Centre Square.

By River

River Bus
From east London, take the River Bus RB1 route and alight at London Eye Pier. There are departures every 20 minutes on weekdays. River Buses are operated by Thames Clippers and accept Oyster cards.