Public transport is the best way to get around London on event days. For live information on Tube, DLR, London Overground and Tram services, view our status updates page or follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter

The London Stadium, Stratford

There is no general car parking around the London Stadium on event days, so please don't drive. Parking for blue badge holders is limited, and needs to be booked in advance (see accessible travel section below).

Busier times to travel

On public transport, the Central and Jubilee lines will be very busy, especially if you are going to the sessions which begin around 10:00 and 18:00 on weekdays, as regular commuters also use the network.

The following stations and services will be busier than usual eastbound from central London two hours before the sessions, and westbound to central London two hours after the sessions

Some key interchange stations will also be busier than usual. Search for your Tube station to find the busiest times.

If you have to travel during the busiest times, you may want to use :

  • TfL Rail between Liverpool Street and Stratford
  • London Overground between Highbury & Islington and Stratford
  • DLR between Canary Wharf and Stratford or between Canning Town and Stratford

More travel advice

  • Leave plenty of time for your journey and be prepared to queue to board a train, especially when leaving the venue
  • Stratford Regional and Stratford International stations are a 15-20 minute walk from the London Stadium
  • Pudding Mill Lane is around a 30 minute walk from the London Stadium (as the route via South Park Lawns is closed)
  • Transport for London Ambassadors and Official Championship volunteers known as 'Runners' will be on hand at key stations on event days to help. Please follow the volunteer and steward instructions and signs


Buses serve the area - view a live bus map for Stratford. Local bus routes 97 and 388 will be diverted a few hours before and after each event session.

Taxi ranks

Taxis will be available at Westfield Stratford, and Warton Road off Stratford High Street.


Coaches will not be able to access the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to drop-off or pick-up spectators. If you want to bring a coach please contact

Walking and cycling

Walking and cycling may be the quickest way to reach London Stadium if you live locally. If you're planning on taking your bicycle on public transport remember that bike restrictions apply.

Accessible travel

Around a quarter of Tube stations, half of Overground stations, most piers, all tram stops, the Emirates Air Line and all DLR stations - including Stratford and Stratford International - have step-free access. Visit our accessibility section for accessible maps and other information.

An accessible shuttle bus service will run from platform 13 of the Jubilee Line at Stratford station to the Park dropping off close to the Stadium.

For live information on accessible transport follow @TfLAccess on Twitter.

Driving to London Stadium

There is no parking for the event, and event road closures will strictly limit vehicle movement in the area. Limited Blue Badge parking is available close to the Stadium, with an accessible shuttle to Stadium entry bridge 3. It must be booked in advance contacting

There is also Blue Badge parking at nearby Westfield Stratford shopping centre.

School party travel

If you've got tickets for the WorldParaAthletics events on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 July, congratulations! We're confident that you and your students will find it inspiring.

During the events, transport services will be extremely busy as lots of people will be travelling to the London Stadium. There will also be commuters and tourists getting about their day on the transport network.

Your school travel ticket will have travel times printed on it, which we recommend you follow. Here are some tips to help make your travel easier.

Planning the route

  • Unless stated otherwise, your ticket is not valid for travel before 09:30 (09:50 if you're starting in Zones 1 or 2). You won't be allowed to travel outside the times on your ticket
  • If we've stated a route, please stick to it - your journey will be easier, safer and less busy
  • If we haven't suggested a route, you can plan your journey here. Use 'Edit preferences' to help you find your best route
  • If you're travelling before 10:00, we recommend that you don't change trains at busy stations like Bank/Monument, Euston, Green Park, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Waterloo and Victoria
  • If you've got tickets for a morning session, you will have a safer, less busy and more comfortable return journey if you leave Stratford before 15:00
  • If you've got tickets for an evening session, services will be less busy if you arrive at Stratford before 16:30
  • A few weeks before, we suggest you try a test run of the route you're planning to take so you're familiar with it on the day

Organising the schoolchildren

  • We suggest each child has a contact name and number at your school in case they get separated from your group - use the wristbands issued with your tickets for this purpose. You might find that your mobiles don't work below ground, so a landline or alternative numbers might be best
  • It may be difficult for everyone in your group to get on the same Tube, bus, tram or train - organise small groups instead. We suggest you allow one adult for every five children
  • You may be asked to wait outside stations before you can enter, or you may be asked to wait in a particular place - prepare your students so they're not alarmed if this does happen

On the day

  • Don't forget your school party travel tickets! You won't be allowed to travel without them and you will have to pay for your group's travel
  • Please use all the doors and carriages and don't all try to get on through the same doors
  • Be prepared to wait for a less crowded Tube, bus, or train, and be prepared to get on in separate carriages. You'll find it much easier if you get ready before your service arrives
  • Before your train arrives at the station, get your students ready to get off the train, counting them off as you go so that you can walk clear of the platform promptly
  • Mind the gap and stand behind the yellow line! At some stations the gap between the platform and train is large and trains come in at speed so do take care, especially with younger students
  • Listen for any announcements that might affect you and your group and follow advice given by staff
  • Look out for our TfL Travel Ambassadors - they'll be wearing magenta pink so you can't miss them! These volunteers will be able to give you the best travel information and advice on the day
  • One of our staff will meet you at Stratford station. They will direct your group out of the station and towards the London Stadium. Please ask them for other help and advice if necessary
  • You can have your lunch in the park before you head back to school - it could be a good way to enjoy the park. If you do, we recommend you make your return journey before 15:00 for a safer, less busy and more comfortable journey

Marathons: Sunday 6 August

As well as events in the London Stadium, on Sunday 6 August, the IAAF World Championships Men's and Women's Marathon featuring the world's best elite runners will be staged on the roads in the heart of London.

Road closures will be in place between 04:00-20:00 in central London for the marathons, so please avoid driving to the event.

Tube and rail

The area and stations around the event will be busy. If you're taking public transport it may be easier to get off the Tube or train one or two stops before the stations near the event route, and walk the last part of your journey. Find out more about the time it takes to walk between Tube stations in our walking section.

The stations nearest to the event, which are likely to be busy, are:

Please note that major work at Waterloo will severely affect South West Train services between Saturday 5 and Monday 28 August, and in turn, make the Northern and District lines busier. Find out more on our Waterloo works page.


If you're catching a bus, Marathon road closures will mean that central London buses will be on diversion or will stop short of their destination. Exact times and affected routes will be available here soon.

Taxis and minicabs

The taxi ranks at Embankment Place and East Smithfield (Royal Mint Court) will be suspended because of the road closures.

Race Walks: Sunday 13 August

As well as events in the London Stadium, Race Walks also take place on Saturday 13 August in central London. There may be some delays to road journeys around St James's Park and Westminster.

The closest stations to the event, which may be busy, are:

Travelling via Waterloo

Significantly fewer South West Trains services will be running into Waterloo between Saturday 5 and Monday 28 August. This will mean lengthy queues during the peaks at all major stations on the South West Trains network, station closures, and more crowded services - especially at Vauxhall and Clapham Junction.

The District and Northern lines in southwest London will be much busier than usual during peak hours while South West Trains customers take other routes.

See how TfL services will be affected, check the SWT website.

Due to a timetable fault some cancelled trains due to planned engineering works on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August are still showing as running. We advise you to check your journey with National Rail Enquiries before you travel.

Paying for your journey

It's easiest to use contactless or an Oyster card to pay as you go on bus, Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and Most National Rail services. There's no need to queue to buy a ticket - just touch in and out to pay the correct fare. You can pay as you go on Southeastern services between St Pancras and Stratford International.

Find out more in our fares and payments section