Congestion Charge

Looking forward to your theatre break getaway in the bright lights of London? Well don't let the Congestion Charge put a dampener on things — be aware and prepare.

The Congestion Charge is a way of ensuring that those using valuable and congested road space in Central London and its surrounding areas make an inexpensive financial contribution. The Congestion Charge was introduced in order to reduce the amount of traffic and pollution in the capital, and all the money raised from the Congestion Charge benefits everyone by going towards continual improvements for London‘s transport facilities.

To drive to your theatre break hotel you'll need to purchase a Congestion Charge voucher allowing you to move freely in Central London. The charge is reasonable and couldn't be simpler to pay, so avoid a hefty fine by finding out all you need to know about the charge before starting your theatre break.

  • • The Congestion Charge operation hours are 7.00am to 6.00pm

  • • Charging Days are Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays)

  • • The Congestion Charging Zone is clearly defined by signs and/or road markings at entrance or exit points. A map of the Charging Zone is also available to see on the official Transport for London website.

  • • The standard daily charge is £10 when you pay either in advance or on the day of travel. If you pay by midnight on the day after travel, the charge increases to £12.

  • • Multiple payment methods are available for ease of use. Simply register on the Transport for London site, then either pay online up to 90 days in advance, via telephone or post, at any shop with the Congestion Charge logo, or by text on the day of travel.

Alternatively, to avoid the Congestion Charge you can book a London rail theatre break and avoid London traffic altogether.