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

What to expect when going on this tour, including bus, tickets, pick up points, cafe, gift shop, what to do with children


Golden Tours bus Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Golden Tours bus: leaving from Victoria

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


At present, four tour companies offer a combination ticket with much sought after Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets with transfers from Central London.


The Golden Tours service is the most popular service and on this page we chronicle what to expect.


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 double decker bus whilst the others use traditional touring coaches.


Golden Tours Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Tour availability and pick-up points in Central London

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 picks up in London between 7.30am and 4pm returning to London around 7 hours later.


There are two pick-up points in Central London, Victoria and Baker Street, and the buses drop off at the same two points. Journey time is around one hour, depending on traffic conditions.


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

Boarding & locating the Golden Tours bus in London

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 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.

 

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


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

 

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.

 

Victoria Coach Station / Railway Station Map

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. There is no wi-fi in the waiting area at the office, but

There is wi-fi on the Golden Tours Bus.


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.

 

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 Pancras, Bloomsbury area.

 

Aboard the Golden Tours bus to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

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 the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This is particularly useful if you have children! The film does not start playing until all passengers have been picked up from Baker Street.

 

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

Golden Tours office: where you queue to board the bus

There is free wi-fi on board the Golden Tour buses. There are no toilets on board the bus so it is best to go before you leave.

 

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

 

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.

 

Shuttle only tickets

Golden Tours also offer shuttle only tickets, if you already have purchased your Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets.


Warner Bros. Studio Tour London- The Making of Harry Potter bus shuttle tickets only

 

Arrival & admission to Warner Bros, Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

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.

 

Information desk, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Information desk: purchase guides and audio guides

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.

 

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 details


Return journey to Victoria or Baker Street

After three and a half 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.

 

On your return journey you can sit back and watch the remainder of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, remembering where all the magic began.


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

Tours from London including Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + central London coach transfer - Golden Tours

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + central London coach transfer - Premium Tours

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + central London coach transfer - Evan Evans

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + Oxford walking tour - International Friends

Warner Bros. Studio Tour shuttle from central London (transport only)

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Harry Potter Muggles walking tour of London - most days, 2.5 hours, am + pm

Harry Potter three hour bus tour of London

Harry Potter locations within London & Oxford including Platform 9 3/4

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