The London Transport Museum traces 200 years of the city's transit innovations, from a 19th-century horse-drawn omnibus to a wooden Metropolitan Railway coach to double-decker buses and the game-changing London Underground. Visitors can board many vehicles. There’s also a tube-driving simulator and a kid zone with mini-vehicles.
London is home to the world’s oldest subway system, and the London Transport Museum pays tribute to its history, as well as the city’s iconic double-decker buses, public-hire bicycles, and more. The museum houses an enormous collection of vintage trams, Underground carriages, retro Tube station signs, historical maps, and even staff uniforms. Book museum admission online in advance; the London Transport Museum is also included in the popular London Pass scheme.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- The London Transport Museum hosts a range of special events, from talks and family-friendly workshops to heritage vehicle outings.
- The museum is accessible to visitors with limited mobility, but not all of the vehicles on display can accommodate wheelchair users.
- The Upper Deck café bar serves hot and cold dishes, child-friendly offerings, warm beverages, and beer and wine.
The London Transport Museum is located in Covent Garden. Take the Piccadilly and Northern lines to Leicester Square Station, the Piccadilly line to Covent Garden Station, or National Rail trains to Charing Cross Station. Alternatively, bus routes RV1, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, and 139 serve the area. The museum can easily be reached on foot, by bike, or by car. When to Get There
The museum is open daily. For those aged 18 and over, the London Transport Museum also hosts Friday Lates events, extending hours later into the night, and offering special entertainment and refreshments. The Museum Depot
When not on display, objects in the London Transport Museum’s collection of vehicles and memorabilia are kept in the Museum Depot, located in Acton, West London. Though the Depot is not usually open to the public, it does occasionally host open weekends and guided tours.