Advice for drivers

Coach parking in London

  • Plan your trip to London in advance, not on the day
  • Do not disturb residents and switch off your engine when parked
  • Do not obstruct other traffic with your coach
  • Do not enter coach ban areas unless access is permitted and you need to serve a property in the area
  • Do not park overnight on-street unless it is permitted
  • Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) should be paid or disputed according to the instructions on the back of the PCN
  • Congestion Charge - Vehicles classed as a bus but not registered with the DVSA (including foreign and Northern Ireland vehicles) need to register with us for a 100% discount. See our page on discounts and exemptions

Picking up and setting down

  • When picking up ensure your group is waiting for you
  • No boarding or alighting activity means you are liable to a PCN
  • Do not wait or park on clearways
  • Do not arrive early to load or remain after unloading
  • Do not park or wait at bus stops
  • Stay in contact with your group to ensure they are ready to be picked up on time. Any instructions from guides, tour operators, etc to arrive early should be refused
  • Stay with your vehicle at all times, it is not the drivers job to book passengers into hotels or to carry luggage

Yellow routes

  • Pick up and set down is permitted on double and single yellow lines, however, activity must be taking place. Some London boroughs allow an observation time, however, this does not apply when loading restrictions are in force
  • Check signs before using bus stops to pick up and set down as most are restricted to 'local' or 'LT/TfL' buses. Parking and waiting is not permitted at any time

Red routes

  • Double red lines: no stopping at any time
  • Single red lines: no stopping during restricted hours
  • Vehicles registered as a bus can use red route bus stops, but must not park or wait
  • See our section on red routes

Left-hand drive coaches

We'd like to remind crews of left-hand drive coaches that they should take every safety precaution available when passengers are unable to board from the kerbside. These precautions should include:

  • Ensuring that crews wear hi-visibility clothing
  • Making sure that passengers board and alight the coach directly to the pavement in a controlled manner
  • Briefing passengers of the situation before they board or alight from the coach
  • Not allowing passengers to wait in traffic lanes, under any circumstances
  • Not allowing any loading

Coach parking map

Order a copy of the current Coach parking in London map.

View the online coach parking map.

Read our Operating coaches in London leaflet, providing guidance for drivers, tour operators, tour guides, group organisers, tour managers and couriers:

Operating coaches in London leaflet

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