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Golden Tours - Warner Bros. Studio - The Making of Harry Potter

How to find the Golden Tours office and how to board the Harry Potter Studio bus

Golden Tours bus Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - the Making of Harry Potter
Golden Tours Harry Potter bus: leaving from Victoria

What's it like going on a Golden Tours tour of the Harry Potter Studio?

Despite its name Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is not in London itself but located just outside London, in Watford, around an hour's journey each way.

At present, three tour companies offer a combination ticket with much sought after Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets with transfers from central London, (see menu, right) and in addition there is another tour: International Friends Warner Bros. Studio with Oxford.

The most popular tour is the Golden Tours tour; this page gives a summary of the experience with Golden Tours. We also have a separate page Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter - what to expect - which gives more detail on the Studio itself.

Book Harry Potter Studio tickets   Harry Potter shuttle tickets   Golden Tours Harry Potter tour details   Location Golden Tours office   Facilities at Golden Tours office   On board Golden Tours buses   Arrival at Studios   What will I see?   Return to Victoria or Kings Cross  


Is there any real difference between Harry Potter tour companies?

The Golden Tours Warner Bros. Studio Tour offer is very similar to that offered by Evan Evans and Premium Tours, except Golden Tours use a Harry Potter branded double decker bus (showing one of the Harry Potter movies) whilst the others use traditional touring coaches. It would be fair to say that the tours themselves are all the same once you arrive at Harry Potter, purely because that is the studio itself. Price and how you get there is the main difference along with departure locations and timings of available tours.

We partner with Travel Compendium to offer the best value tickets. These can be through Evans Evans and Golden Tours depending upon availability. If your heart is set on the Harry Potter themed coach to travel to the studio then you need to select the Golden Tours ticket, which are options 3 and 4 on their website and leave from Baker Street and Kings Cross. Evans Evans tours leave from Victoria and Russell Square.

Ticket guide prices with transport from London

  • Adult tickets (16 years +) vary in price depending on season but are around £95pp on average.
  • Child tickets (5 - 15 years old) are around £85pp on average.
  • Children 3-4 years of age - entry to Harry Potter is free but there is an average of £40pp charge for the transport.
  • Children 0-2 years of age - free entry and transport.
  • Tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

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    WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON - THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER
    TOURS DEPART FROM CENTRAL LONDON

    WB Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

    Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

    Multiple choices of departure location including Victoria, Russell Square, Baker Street and Kings Cross.

    Just select preferred option on booking page for full details.

    Transport and Entrance Tickets:

    Adult from £94, child 5-15 from £83

    • Frequent bus departures daily • Entrance to the Warner Bros Studio Tour • Return luxury air-condioned bus with free Wi-Fi from Central London • Cheaper tickets available off-peak


    Shuttle only tickets

    If you have already purchased your Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets and are now just beginning to understand how far the Studios are from Central London you can purchase transport only tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio. Departure points are from Victoria and Baker Street in Central London.

    Harry Potter branded bus Golden Tours to Harry Potter Studio

    SHUTTLE DEPARTING FROM VICTORIA & BAKER STREET
    - WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON - THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER

    WB Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

    Shuttle bus transfer to Harry Potter Studios from London Victoria, Baker Street

    Adult from £49

    • Up to 10 shuttles per day • Pick up from Victoria or Baker Street. • Return luxury air-conditioned bus transportation from London with free Wi-Fi • Bus only - purchase Harry Potter Studio tickets separately

    Golden Tours Harry Potter Tour - tour details

    Harry Potter Studio Golden Tours bus outside Studio
    Catch the Harry Potter bus to and from the Studio

    The tour runs every day that Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is open, which is daily year round.

    There are many departures each day with pick ups in London between 7.30am and 4pm returning to London around 7 hours later.

    There are two different tours running with Golden Tours - one that departs from Victoria and Baker Street, and another that leaves from Kings Cross.

    Our banner above uses two coach companies, Evan Evans and Golden Tours. If you specifically want a Golden Tours tour then you can either use the link above to buy from Baker Street or King's Cross, or visit the Golden Tours website to buy a ticket from Victoria.

    The buses drop off at the same three points. Journey time is around one hour, depending on traffic conditions.

    Where is the Golden Tours office to board the Harry Potter bus in London?

    Victoria Coach Station / Railway Station Map
    Map of Victoria Coach Station

    Victoria

    The main departure bus terminus is at the Golden Tours Office on Buckingham Palace Road, in a building just down the road from Victoria Train Station. Victoria is a major hub in central London and easy to get to.

    The address to pick up the coach from is: Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH

    The office is separate (across the road to) Victoria Coach Station. The outside of the building has colonnades and is unmarked with no tour operator’s details on the outside. There will often be a Golden Tours bus parked outside which is helpful in finding it.

    Baker Street

    The second pick-up point is at Baker Street, again a strategic location with a major Underground station very close to Madame Tussauds. This is convenient if you are staying in a hotel district close to Hyde Park, Marble Arch or the St PancrasBloomsbury area.

    Kings Cross

    Pancras Road, Bus Stop T, London NW1 2SD. The interactive map on Golden Tour's web page shows precisely where the bus stop is in relation to the station.

     

    What facilities are there in and around the Golden Tours office in Victoria?

    Golden Tours office in Victoria, London
    Golden Tours office: where you queue to board

    Seating

    The reception area is quite large and well lit but there are no seats, except for those in the eateries surrounding the office.

    Food, drink and gifts

    You can use this time to grab something to eat – there are many places around to buy lunch or snacks and drinks - or maybe even purchase a gift from the London gift shop in the vicinity.

    Toilets

    There are no public toilets in the immediate area; you can if you wish use the loos from one of the surrounding shops, but you need to make a purchase to do this.

    Wi-Fi

    There is no Wi-Fi in the waiting area at the office, but there is Wi-Fi on the Golden Tours Bus.

    Queuing

    Check in closes fifteen minutes before advertised boarding time, but the bus does not actually depart for a further thirty minutes.

    The order of queuing is the order of entry onto the bus, so if you are first in the queue you will get first choice of seat. Just before you go on the bus have your paper ticket(s) ready for checking.

    You will be given an envelope with your Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets inside and also return tickets for your shuttle back to the bus station, and the time of meeting.

    On board the Golden Tours bus to the Harry Potter studios in Watford, London

    Harry Potter movie aboard top deck

    The top deck is popular with everyone choosing to sit up here; from here you have a nice view of some of the sights of London and you can also see two screens, where they show one of the Harry Potter films. This is particularly useful if you have children! The film does not start playing until all passengers have been picked up from Baker Street.

    Free Wi-Fi on board

    There is free Wi-Fi on board the Golden Tour buses.

    Toilets

    There are no toilets on board the bus so it is best to go before you leave.

    Food and drink

    Hot food and drink is not permitted on the coach, but you can eat simple cold snacks.

    The driver

    The bus is not a guided bus, therefore there is a driver only. Driving to the Studio Tour, the driver does not make a commentary, so any questions are best directed beforehand to the office assistant who can advise you in the queue.

    Luggage

    There is no luggage storage on board the bus; at Victoria Railway Station and Coach Station there are left luggage facilities where you can pay a nominal fee and leave your cases all day until you return.

    Alternatively you can leave small suitcases, coats and bags free of charge at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, in the Lobby cloakroom.

    Arrival & admission to the Harry Potter studios

    Cloackroom at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
    Information desk and cloakroom at Harry Potter Studio

    The bus takes you to just a hundred metres or so from the entrance, and then you are left to walk inside independently. Upon entry you will have your bag checked and then you are free to walk inside into the lobby.

    Your arrival time will allow you about twenty minutes to queue, ready for your pre-booked entry time into the Studio Tour itself.

    Please note, there is a bag check before you go inside. If you need somewhere to store any small suitcases (or coats and bags) you may have, you can do this free of charge in the lobby cloakroom.

    Pushchairs are also encouraged to be left here if possible due to the restricted amount of space in the Studio Tour.

    Opposite the cloakroom, also in the lobby, is a digital guide desk where you can hire digital guides for the duration of your tour.

    Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - what will I see?

    We have a dedicated page detailing what to expect once inside the studios.

    Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - full detail

    Return journey to Victoria or Baker Street or Kings Cross

    Harry Potter tickets and passports - Golden Tours
    Harry Potter passports

    After 4.5 hours, it is time to leave the Studio Tour, and make your way to your Golden Tours bus, which will be waiting just outside.

    The driver will be standing outside the bus; you show your return tickets and hop on.

    The entire tour takes around 7 hours including travelling time.

    On your return journey you can sit back and watch the remainder of the Harry Potter movie you started on your way over, remembering where all the magic began.

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    WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON - THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER
    TOURS DEPART FROM CENTRAL LONDON

    WB Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

    Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

    Multiple choices of departure location including Victoria, Russell Square, Baker Street and Kings Cross.

    Just select preferred option on booking page for full details.

    Transport and Entrance Tickets:

    Adult from £94, child 5-15 from £83

    • Frequent bus departures daily • Entrance to the Warner Bros Studio Tour • Return luxury air-condioned bus with free Wi-Fi from Central London • Cheaper tickets available off-peak

    Harry Potter themed tours & activities in and around London

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