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How to get to Harry Potter Studios London

Want to know how to get to Harry Potter Studios Park in London? It's not by flying on a quidditch broomstick but there are other ways too, read on!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

6 min read

How to get to Harry Potter Studios London

Potions Room in Harry Potter studios | © Karen Roe

While wizards are lucky enough to be able to use the flu powder to get to Harry Potter Studios Park in no time at all, we Muggles have to make do with traditional means of transportation.

Harry Potter Studios Park is located 20 miles northwest of London so getting there requires a bit of planning.

If after looking for information about the price of tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park you want to know how to get there, to make it easier for you to organize the day of the visit, here are the options available to you to get to Harry Potter Studios Park quickly.

1. With an organized tour

Potions Classroom at Harry Potter Studios Park| ©Martin Pettitt
Potions Classroom at Harry Potter Studios Park| ©Martin Pettitt

The fastest and most convenient way to visit Harry Potter Studios Park in London is to join an organized bus tour that includes transfer to and from the attraction.

Why choose an organized bus tour to Harry Potter Studios Park in London?

The Warner Bros. studios are located in Leavesden (Hertfordshire) quite far from the center of London. To get there on your own, you will first need to find the right means of public transport, then the necessary connections and finally buy the different tickets to get there.

This involves investing a huge amount of time in planning the activity that is not really essential and that you can avoid if you simplify things and purchase together the tickets to the Harry Potter Studios Park and travel in the form of organized bus tour.

In addition, booking this option with bus transfer included round trip you will not have to be aware of the schedules of the different means of transport you have to take, nor to arrive on time at all stations to avoid missing the connection when making the transfer, or worry that unforeseen events may arise on the route such as a traffic jam or a breakdown that can make you arrive late.

With an organized bus tour to Harry Potter Studios Park you will speed up and simplify the process as you will only have to be attentive to arrive on time to the bus that will take you directly to the Warner Bros. studios in London. It's that easy!

This is especially interesting if you plan to visit the Harry Potter Studios Park with your children, as you won't be rushing them from one place to another to avoid missing the shuttle. From the start of the tour, the family will travel calmly and comfortably for the entire journey. And that's a joy!

How is the bus trip with the organized tour to Harry Potter Studios Park?

These air-conditioned buses with comfortable seats leave central London (specifically Victoria Station) every hour for the Warner Bros. studios in the north of the city. The journey to the attraction's gate takes about an hour.

Booking a tour of Harry Potter Studios Park with transfer

2. By public transport

Entering the London Underground| ©Hernán Piñera
Entering the London Underground| ©Hernán Piñera

If you choose to visit Harry Potter Studios Park on your own you will need to arrive by public transport and for this you will need to combine at least one tube, one train and one bus both to and from the tourist attraction.

Let's take a look at the route you need to take to find out how to get to Harry Potter Studios Park by public transport!

1. By subway

The first thing you will have to do is to take the subway to London Euston train station (Euston Road, London NW1 2BF England). The London Underground lines that will take you there are Northern and Victoria, the latter being the fastest of the London Underground network so you won't be waiting long.

2. By train

Once at London Euston train station you should take a train to Watford Junction station (Station Road, Watford, WD17 1EU, Hertfordshire), the closest station to the Warner Bros. studios in Leavesden (Hertfordshire).

Ask the station staff and be sure to get on one of the direct trains to Watford Junction, as they are very fast and the journey only takes about 20 minutes. The frequency of the trains is high as they leave every 10 minutes or so but don't be overconfident and try to arrive at Watford Junction about 45 minutes before the reservation time on your ticket.

From London Euston also depart other trains that are not direct but usually take about 1 hour to get there. Having the others available to travelers, it is not worth taking one of these.

To move between London Euston and Watford Junction train stations you can use the Oyster Card, because they are valid for the journey.

3. By bus (Shuttle)

Finally, when you arrive at Watford Junction, you will have to take a bus from Mullany's Coaches that will take you to the gate of the Harry Potter Studios Park in about 15 minutes.

It will be very easy to identify the bus you have to get on because it is decorated with the theme of the Harry Potter universe. In order to use this bus remember to show your Warner Bros. Studios ticket.

The frequency with which these buses depart to the Harry Potter Studios Park is 30 minutes but their schedule varies depending on the day of the week of the opening of the attraction.

  • Monday through Friday: starting at 9:20 AM when the first ride starts at 10 AM.

  • Weekends: starting at 8:15 AM when the first ride starts at 9 AM.

Shuttle bus tickets cost about £3 per person (round trip) and are purchased directly on the bus with contactless or cash but you cannot use your Oyster Card.

Book a tour of the Harry Potter Studios Park with transfer

3. By car

Travel by Car| ©Alex Jumper
Travel by Car| ©Alex Jumper

This is perhaps the least popular mode of transport for visitors to Harry Potter Studios Park but if you decide to take the car and put in your GPS the attraction's zip code WD25 7LR. However, you can also follow the following directions to get there.

  • If you are traveling from London, take exit 5 off the M1 and then the A41 (North Watford) for about three miles.

  • Then take the 4th exit off the Hunton Bridge traffic circle back onto the A41.

  • Continue driving in the left lane and take the 1st exit.

  • Continue on the left hand side at the fork and then take the 1st exit off the traffic circle to access Harry Potter Studios Park.

  • As you approach Harry Potter Studios Park you will see brown signs that say "Warner Bros. Studio Tour" and will guide you to the entrance gate.

Can I park for free in the Harry Potter Studios Park parking lot?

You can indeed park your car for free in the attraction's parking lot located a short distance from the Studio Tour entrance.

When you go to the parking lot, please remember to have your tickets or your reservation confirmation ready to show to the parking staff.

Book a Harry Potter Studios Park tour with transfer

4. If you like Harry Potter, you may also be interested in...

King's Cross Station is Track 9 and ¾| ©Brian Griffin
King's Cross Station is Track 9 and ¾| ©Brian Griffin

If after visiting the Harry Potter Studios Park you are left wanting more magic, don't worry because in London you can go on the trail of the young wizard.

One of the coolest plans to do in the streets of the city is a route through the places where the movies were filmed. You can go on your own or join a guided tour, although in the post Harry Potter places in London I tell you more about this activity in detail, don't miss it!

And if you always wanted to have a nice souvenir of your favorite saga, I recommend you to go shopping in London because in different parts of the city there are plenty of Harry Potter stores where you can get the perfect gift you've been dreaming about for so long.

Book a Harry Potter tour in London