How to get to Buckingham Palace
The first thing any visitor needs to know is how to get there - fortunately, it's not difficult to find: The public entrance is on Buckingham Palace road itself.
By Taxi: Any black cab in London will be able to take you to directly to the Palace - it's probably the easiest way to get there, if not always the cheapest.
By Car: The palace is within the London congestion charge zone, so if you want to drive close to the palace, you will need to pay the congestion charge. There is no public car parking at the Palace itself, but there are public car parks nearby, in Arlington Street, and an NCP car park in Carrington Street, both about 10 minutes walk from the Palace.
By Train: The nearest station to the palace is London Victoria, which is about half a mile away.
By Bus: Bus numbers C10, C1, 211 and 11 all stop near the Palace.
Given the popularity of the Palace as a visitor attraction, many people are surprised to discover that there isn't a dedicated Buckingham Palace tube station.
Fortunately, all is not lost, as there are several tube stations within walking distance:
Victoria, currently the busiest tube station on the whole underground network, is on the Victoria, District and Circle lines, as well as being an overground railway station, is probably the nearest tube station to the Palace. A walk of around half a mile up Buckingham Palace Road and Buckingham Gate will take you to the palace.
St James's Park tube station on the Circle and District lines. Use the Petty France exit from the station, then head West to Buckingham Gate, and NorthWest to the Palace - this is about half a mile.
Hyde Park Corner tube station on the Piccadilly line is also convenient, as you can have a pleasant walk along Constitution Hill to the Palace.
Finally, Green Park tube station to the North of the Palace is on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Green Park is also around half a mile's walk from Buckingham Palace, but it offers the chance of a pleasant walk through Green Park itself, so it's a great choice if the weather is fine.
Here is a map showing the nearest Tube Stations:
Postcode: SW1A 1AA
You may be interested to know that although most UK postcodes cover several buildings within a street, the Buckingham Palace postcode is unique to the Palace itself.
If you are planning to write, you'll need the full address, as well as the postcode:
We can confirm that entering SW1A 1AA into the current TomTom SatNav software for the iPhone, does correctly point to Buckingham Palace, although it calls it "Unnamed Road, Westminster"!