How To Get To Covent Garden

CAR

Due to heavy traffic congestion, scarce parking and the congestion charge, travel by car is probably the least favourable method of getting to Covent Garden.

Car hire
Avis08705 900 500
Budget0800 181 181
Europcar0870 607 5000
Hertz Worldwide08705 996 699

Coach

COACH: FROM UK & EUROPE
Victoria Coach Station is the main terminus for national and international coach travel into London. Enquiries: 020 7824 0000. This number has operators fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, German and several Asian languages. Francais/French speakers: 020 7233 0101. National Express is the main UK Nationwide Coach Operator: 08705 808 080 Eurolines is the main International Operator servicing London from Europe.

From Victoria Coach Station take a tube or taxi.

Walking

WALKING
The central piazza of Covent Garden is pedestrianised allowing you to wander and enjoy the experience at your leisure. 

Leicester Square, Soho, Traflagar Square, River Thames and most of central London is within walking distance and are best enjoyed by foot.

Taxi

The black cab is a classic feature of central London. Heavy traffic and expensive fares mean that this is probably not the most efficient method of travel. However, a black cab will comfortably seat up to five people and you can guarantee that your cabbie won’t get you lost. Hail one in the street, queue for one at a taxi rank, or call:
 
Computer cab020 7432 1432
Travel Point(for airport transfers)020 7582 4579

BUS

The famous red London bus can be a good alternative to the underground, enabling you to take in some sight-seeing while travelling the capital. Most of the buses have indicative routes either posted on the front of the bus, or at the entrance. On traditional buses, with the open back door, a bus conductor will be pleased to advise you if you are on the right bus. If you plan to use the bus for several journeys it is advisable to buy a Travelcard or bus pass which enables you to jump on and off the bus as you wish. Travelcards and bus passes are available from underground stations and certain newsagents and Travel Centres. For Covent Garden, the best places to head for are The Strand, Trafalgar Square, or Leicester Square. 

London Transport
020 7222 1234

www.londontransport.co.uk

Boat

Embankment Pier (Charing Cross Pier) is only a short walk to Covent Garden. Ferry services operate throughout the day from Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier.
Thames River Cruises
 
BOAT FROM EUROPE
Seafrance Ferries08705 711 711
P&O Stena Line Ferries08705 70 7070
Hoverspeed0845 6746006

Airport

Heathrow
Tube service runs on the Piccadilly line. Could take up to 1 1/2hrs, but will take you all the way to Covent Garden.

Heathrow Express overland train service is much faster. Runs every 15 minutes (starting on the hour) to Paddington. From Paddington take a tube or taxi.
 
Gatwick 

Train services run every 15 minutes to Victoria, but look out for the Gatwick Express service which is much faster. From Victoria take a tube or taxi.
 
Stansted
The Stansted Express train service runs to Liverpool Street every 15 minutes (on the hour) . From Liverpool Street take a tube or taxi.
 
Luton 
Luton Thameslink train services run to Kings Cross Thameslink every 20 minutes. From Kings Cross take a tube or taxi.
 
BY BUS
National Express runs Airbus routes into Central London from Heathrow airport every 30 minutes. For more details and to book tickets, click here
 
BY TAXI
Taxi Ranks are outside all airports. To pre-book: 020 7582 4579

By Train

There is no train station in Covent Garden, only a tube station. The nearest train station is at Charing Cross. The main stations for London are:
 
Charing CrossSee map. less than 5 min. walk
  
WaterlooNorthern Line or Bakerloo line. Two stops northbound to Charing Cross
  
Waterloo InternationalEurostar Services from France and Belgium. Two stops northbound to Charing Cross.
  
London BridgeTrain service to Charing Cross every 2 to 5 min’s
  
Kings Cross & St PancrasPiccadilly line Southbound to Covent Garden tube.
  
EustonNorthern line southbound to Leicester Square. NB take Charing Cross branch.
  
PaddingtonBakerloo line southbound to Charing Cross (see map), or Bakerloo line to Piccadilly Circus and change to Piccadilly line northbound to Covent Garden tube.
  
VictoriaVictoria line northbound 1 stop to Green Park, then change to Piccadilly line Northbound 3 stops to Covent Garden tube.
  
Train timetables08457 48 49 50
Train ReservationsReservations
Docklands Light Railway020 7363 9700
Lost property08700 005 151
  

TRAIN FROM EUROPE

 

Eurostar offer direct high speed services from Paris/Lille and Brussels to London.

Timetables & Reservations: Eurostar

High speed train networks throughout Europe link into the Eurostar Network. This ensures fast and efficient services from many towns and cities across Europe to London, via Paris/Lille or Brussels.

Timetables & Reservations: Eurostar Network

 

TUBE

Travelling by tube is probably the easiest way of getting around London. Covent Garden is on the Piccadilly line in zone 1, but is also 5 min’s walking distance from Leicester Square, Charing Cross and Embankment tube stations.

If you plan to use the tube for several journeys it is advisable to buy a Travelcard. These are available from any underground station.

Travelcards will give you unlimited travel on tubes, trains and buses all day. One day travelcards are valid after 09.30 Mondays to Fridays, any time weekends and public holidays. Buy at any train or underground station.

London Transport Visitor Tickets
A Visitor Ticket is a ticket designed specifically for visitors coming to London who want the flexibility of travelling on a comprehensive and simple to use public transport network but do not want the hassle of buying a ticket on arrival.
The tickets available are as follows:
Single Journey

3 Day Travelcard (Peak)

3 Day Travelcard (Off-Peak)

7 Day Travelcard

Tube information 020 7222 1234
www.londontransport.co.uk