The best way to get to Covent Garden and discover its secret passages and surrounding areas is to walk. To find out the best route for you, visit Google Maps
Covent Garden is on the Piccadilly Line. Covent Garden's tube station is a very short walk from the Market Building at the end of James Street. Covent Garden underground station only has lifts up from the platforms so it can be slow-going at busy times. During peak times we suggest getting off at Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern Line), which is a short walk to Covent Garden.
Holborn (Central Line) is only a ten minute walk from Covent Garden. Here is the best walking route via Google Maps
Embankment (Circle, District, Bakerloo and Nortern Line) is a ten minute walk to Covent Garden. Here is the best walking route via Google Maps
Use TFL’s Journey Planner to help find your best journey
Covent Garden is conveniently located close to two London stations. The nearest being Charing Cross, which is a couple of minutes’ walk away, here is the best route. The other is Waterloo station, which is a twenty minute walk across the iconic Waterloo Bridge with great views over London. Here is the walking route to get to Covent Garden.
Major changes to trains this Christmas – check before you travel
From Saturday 23 December until Monday 1 January 2018, there will be changes to rail services across London and the south east while Network Rail continues to transform north-south travel through London as part of the Thameslink Programme.
Southeastern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Southern services will all be affected as well as other train operators, with no National Rail services running on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
If you are planning to visit Covent Garden over these dates, your travel will be severely impacted and will need a plan B to complete their journey. Please check your journey before you travel.
Detailed travel information and advice to help you plan for these closures is now live at ThameslinkProgramme.co.uk/2017.
Here you can select your home station to access bespoke information about how services at your station will be impacted by Thameslink Programme and other work over the festive period. This includes alternative journey options and information on ticket acceptance.
You can also plan your journey using the National Rail website (or app) which has the full timetable details of all services from all train operators over the festive period.
There are bike racks in Southampton Street, Bow Street, and on the corner of Russell Street & Wellington Street.
For more information on cycling in central London, visit the Transport for London web site
If you're heading for Covent Garden by bus, the RV1 stops at Covent Garden. The 9, 13, 15, 23, 139 and 153 all stop at Trafalgar Square and Aldwych (both a short walk from the Market Building). The No. 24 stops at Leicester Square; Covent Garden is signposted from there. For more information on buses in London, visit the Transport for London website
Hail a London Black Cab and just ask the driver to take you to Covent Garden.
If possible, it is best to avoid driving to Covent Garden as parking is very restricted. There is limited on-street parking with meters on some surrounding roads.
If driving, it is essential to remember to pay the Congestion Charge. The charge can be paid online, in selected shops and petrol stations, by post, by SMS from your mobile phone or by phone on +44 (0)20 7649 9122. Two of the largest car park providers in central London are Masterpark and NCP.
Covent Garden is just 40 minutes from Heathrow on the Piccadilly Line.
The closest jetty to Covent Garden where regular boats dock is at Embankment. You can find out more information on the Thames Clipper Website
Local Tube Stations
LEICESTER SQUARE - 5 minute walk
CHARING CROSS - 6 minute walk
HOLBORN - 10 minute walk
EMBANKMENT - 10 minute walk
TEMPLE - 11 minute walk
TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD - 12 minute walk