- WHERE TO STAY
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Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter is not in the centre of London, it is located just outside London at Leavesden, Watford. The nearest railway station from London is Watford Junction from where an official shuttle bus (which you pay for) runs to the Studio.
For those staying in central London you need to allow at least an hour to get there by public transport. This page explains your Oyster card, Travelcard options, peak and off peak choices and how to save significant money on rail tickets from Euston to Watford using GroupSave if you are a group of three or more adults.
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Other options are available if you do not wish to make your way to the Harry Potter studios independently. Tour options combine transport from centrally located locations in London (Victoria, Kings Cross), with entrance tickets to 'Harry Potter World,' saving you the hassle of finding your own way there.
At present there are four operators to choose from:
Golden Tours, Premium Tours and Evan Evans operate regular shuttle buses daily between central London (usually Victoria) and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. The fourth - International Friends - offer something a bit different; a Harry Potter tour with hotel pick up.
In addition, International Friends, also offer a popular full day tour combining a visit to the Warner Bros. Studio London with a visit to Oxford covering this city's Harry Potter connections.
If you already have Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets the Golden Tours has a bus shuttle only option.
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 at Victoria and Baker Street or Kings Cross in central London.
Golden Tours shuttle bus transfer to Harry Potter Studios from London Victoria & Kings Cross
Adult from £40, child 5-15 from £35, infant 3-4 from £30
• Up to 10 shuttles per day • Pick up from Victoria, Baker Street or Kings Cross • Return branded bus transportation from London showing the first Harry Potter film with free Wi-Fi
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter has now re-opened after the Coronavirus pandemic. Due to the attraction being mainly indoors, there are various changes to the tour aimed at keeping all staff and visitors as safe as possible, whilst still enjoying all the magic of the studios.
You can now cancel your bookings and receive a full refund if you do so up to 72 hours before your time of travel.
Watford Junction Railway Station is the closest that public transport from central London will get you to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. You will find it marked on the London Underground map in the top left.
There are various permutations you can get to Watford Junction from the London area but from central London the fastest and simplest option are trains running from Euston Railway Station.
There are two types of train that travel between Euston and Watford Junction. The trains that are part of the London Overground whose trains stop at every station that take around 50 minutes and the trains that belong to the national railways (Midland Railways) where Watford Junction is often the first stop and trip duration being 15-20 minutes.
Tickets are interchangeable between the two types of trains so you can use tickets issued by the railways or use the Oyster Cards, Travelcards and other fare payment options you use on the London Underground and buses.
This makes things very complicated choosing whether you buy train tickets from the national railways or use Oyster Cards or Travelcards like you use on the London Underground, (see the discussion below).
If you have an Oyster Card, the default transport pass in London, you can use that to pay for the fare to Watford Junction.
If you have a Travelcard it is very unlikely you have bought a Travelcard to include the Watford Junction travel zone, the majority of leisure visitors will only have a zone 1-2 Travelcard.
An official shuttle bus runs around every 20 minutes between the bus station in front of Watford Junction Railway Station to the studios, about a 15-minute journey.
In 2022, the ticket price is £3.00 return. You cannot use an Oyster Card on this bus. Due to the pandemic, you can currently only pay by contactless methods.
Plan to arrive at Watford Junction 45 minutes before the time stated on your ticket and have your ticket or booking confirmation ready when boarding the shuttle bus. You will not be able to board the bus without a Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter entrance ticket.
Buses run every 20 minutes from 9.20am (with additional services available from 8.15am when the first tour is at 9am).
As said in the introduction you can either buy separate train tickets for your journey between Euston and Watford Junction or you can use Oyster Cards or credit/debit cards that support contactless payment - which many people will be using for their travel within London.
It can be very complex which option is best for you. If you are comfortable with understanding the comparisons between Oyster and national rail tickets you will be able to make the right choice for your needs.
On the London Underground, London Overground and London's red buses, kids under 11 travel free without a ticket. On the national railways only kids under 5 travel free.
With both London Overground and Midland trains of the national railways both running along the same track an exception has been made that kids under 11 can travel free on Midland trains between Euston and Watford Junction only.
The Midland trains are much faster than the London overground trains that stop at every station between Euston and Watford Junction.
You can use either railway tickets or London public transport tickets like Oyster on both trains. The key point for those travelling to Watford Junction is that you can use Oyster cards and Contactless cards on the fast Midland trains.
Adult Oyster Fare one-way Euston – Watford Junction – Peak: £9.20 / Off-peak: £6.00
Adult Oyster two singles - Euston – Watford Junction – Peak: £18.40 / Off-peak: £12.00
(The peak fare only operates in the morning in the Watford to Euston direction and in the evening in the Euston to Watford direction. Peak times are 06:30 - 09:30 and 16:00 - 19:00.)
The Oyster Daily Cap Euston – Watford Junction – £19.30
The Oyster Daily Cap London Zone 1/2 Only – £7.40
The Oyster daily cap is a daily ceiling on your expenditure on fares when using an Oyster Card. If you just travel in the centre of London (zones 1-2) this maximum is £7.40, by travelling out to Watford Junction you will increase substantially the daily cap figure.
A feature of the fare structure on the London Underground is that you can make multiple train changes and be charged for one journey. The fare is calculated from the fare zone of the departure station to the fare zone of the destination station.
To interconnect at Euston between the London Underground and the trains to Watford Junction you have to exit the Underground system and swipe your card again when entering the railway system.
You need to make the connection between swiping out of one system at Euston and swiping your card to enter the other system within 15-30 minutes for your journey to be calculated as one fare. Otherwise you will be charged for two separate journeys.
Oyster Cards generally offer the cheapest train fares when in London, however as Watford Junction is on the farthest edge of London for Oyster use, you will find they are a little more complicated to use for Harry Potter World.
A simple option would be to pay a tiny premium over the cost of two single Oyster trips (there and back) and buy a return ticket on the railway. This will cost £12.50 off-peak which is anytime at weekends and after 9am Monday-Fridays.
If you already have an Oyster Card you can of course use this and save a small amount of money, but you will need to swipe out of one system at Euston and enter the next within 15-30 minutes to stay within one fare.
For the visitor to London, the train fare is far simpler to use at a tiny additional cost.
Anytime Return train ticket – £19.10
Off Peak Day Return train ticket – £12.50
You can use off-peak return train tickets anytime at the weekends. Monday to Friday in 2022 the first train you can use them on leaves Euston at 9.24 am, due Watford Junction at 9.39 am.
GroupSave fares are available as a discount for up to 9 people, saving up to 34%. Tickets are available from 09:30 Monday to Friday and at any time at weekends and Bank Holidays.
They are available for adults only - however, children aged between 5-15 can travel with an Adult GroupSave ticket as long as the group size is still between 3-9.
For example: three adults can benefit for a return fare of £21.90 off-peak (compared to £37.50 for standard off peak rail tickets - or £12.50 x 3 - above prices).
You can also use railcards on these fares and realise the usual extra 33% discount.
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For Harry Potter fans catching the bus from Victoria to the Harry Potter Studio, check out this 4-star hotel featuring fun Wizard chambers, decorated in a style reminiscent of the dormitories at Hogwarts. Chambers sleep up to 6.
This unique, award-winning property offers the charm of an English country hotel in the city - just a 10-min walk from London Victoria Station. Beautifully and individually styled rooms feature modern comforts, such as rainfall showers, large flat screen TVs, a choice of delicious refreshments and The White Company toiletries. Enjoy an award-winning breakfast daily, with a focus on locally sourced, artisan ingredients.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Award winning restaurant • On-site coffee house • Bar • Family rooms & Wizard Chambers available • 24-hr front desk • Special diet menus
Nearest tube: 10-min walk to Victoria
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