Travel to Imperial College London

The venue address is:

Imperial College London
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ

Tel +44 (0)20 7589 5111

Travel by Underground

The nearest Underground station is South Kensington, on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. From South Kensington Station, the campus is only a five minute walk. Either follow the subway signposted to the museums or walk north up Exhibition Road. The College is next to the Science Museum.

Using Oyster Cards
If you wish to use public transport in London (Underground, Overground, bus, etc), then you will need to get an Oyster Card, or use your Contactless credit or debit card (see section below for details on 'Using Contactless'). Oyster Cards can be collected at Oyster Ticket Shops (click here to find your nearest Oyster Ticket Shop), certain Underground, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail stations, and Visitor Centres.

With an Oyster Card, you can top up with pay as you go credit or renew your Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass on the same Oyster card when you need to. When you get a new Oyster card, you'll need to pay a £5 deposit. If you decide you don't need it anymore, return your Oyster card to an Oyster Ticket Office and they will refund your deposit.

Alternatively, you can buy a pre-loaded card on the Transport for London website. This can be purchased from abroad, ready for your arrival in the UK and requires £3 activation fee. Click here to buy your preloaded Oyster Card.

When you use the public transport, you need to "touch in" before you start your journey, and "touch out" when you have completed your journey. Look for the yellow card readers at station platforms, Underground ticket gates, and at the entrance to buses, and hold your Oyster Card or Contactless card on it. The yellow card reader symbol is shown below:




Using Contactless
You can use your UK credit or debit card to touch in and out of stations/buses, if it has the Contactless payment symbol displayed on the front of the card and your card issuer has advised that your card can be used for Contactless payments. The Contactless payment symbol is shown below:

Most Contactless payment cards issued outside the UK can be used to buy tickets or top up an Oyster card at ticket machines at Underground, DLR and London Overground stations, at ticket offices, and Visitor Centres, even if they can't be used for Contactless travel.

The following cards issued outside the UK are accepted for Contactless payment: American Express, Mastercard, Maestro, Visa, V-Pay.

Please be aware that overseas transaction fees or charges may apply for travel made with a card issued outside the UK; please check with your card issuer.

For more information on using Oyster cards or Contactless payments, please click the links to visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Travel by air


Travel from London City Airport

Take the DLR to Canning Town, then by Underground, Jubilee line to Green Park and the Piccadilly line to South Kensington (journey time 40 minutes) .

Travel from Heathrow airport

Heathrow Express, 15 mins to Paddington mainline station, then the Underground, Circle line to South Kensington.

Or take the Underground, Piccadilly Line to South Kensington station (50 minutes travelling time).

Travel from Gatwick airport

Gatwick Express, 30 mins to Victoria mainline station, then by Underground, District or Circle lines to South Kensington.

Or take a national rail train to Victoria station (journey time 40 minutes) and then by Underground, Circle or District Line; westbound to South Kensington.

Travel from Stansted airport

Stansted Express, 50 mins to Liverpool Street main line station, and then by Underground, Circle line to South Kensington.

Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports are some distance from London and a taxi is not recommended for the whole journey. However, if you have to travel by taxi, establish the cost before you get in.

Travel by bus

South Kensington Campus is easily accessible by bus. A number of routes pass within easy walking distance of the campus. Please see the selection below for more information:

  • 9 Aldwych - Hammersmith Broadway, alight at the Royal Albert Hall
  • 10 Kings Cross Station - Hammersmith Broadway, alight at the Royal Albert Hall
  • 52 Victoria Bus Station - Willesden Bus Garage, alight at the Royal Albert Hall
  • 360 Elephant and Castle Station - Prince Consort Rd, alight at Prince Consort Rd
  • 14 Tottenham Court Road - Putney Heath, alight at South Kensington Station
  • 49 Battersea Rise - Shepherd's Bush Grn, alight at South Kensington Station
  • 70 Acton - South Kensington Station, alight at South Kensington Station
  • 74 Baker Street Station - Putney, alight at South Kensington Station
  • 345 Peckham Bus Station - South Kensington Station, alight at South Kensington Station
  • 414 Maida Vale - Putney Bridge, alight at South Kensington Station
  • 430 South Kensington Station - Minstead Gardens SW15

Travel by sea

Take a British Rail train from the port of entry to London (Harwich to London journey time 1hr 30 mins; Dover to London journey time up to 2hrs) and then travel by Underground to South Kensington Station.

Travel by car

There are several public car parks nearby to Imperial College, on Harrington Road and Sloane Avenue. Please click here to view a map of the car parking options in the area.

Car parking at Imperial College London is severely restricted and you are advised NOT to bring a car unless permission has been given. The car park is open to the public from 18.00 to Midnight on weekdays and from 07.00 to Midnight on weekends. Please note that overnight parking is not permitted. Parking in the streets surrounding the College is at pay and display or parking meters for limited periods only.

Please note that Imperial College London is located outside of the Congestion Charge Zone, but please be aware of the Congestion Zone charges in central London. Please click here to see a map of the Congestion Charge Zone.