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Getting to London by car and motorcycle

Make sure you know all the essential information about driving to London before you visit. 

The Congestion Charge, Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) have been reintroduced. There had been a temporary suspension of charges due to coronavirus. The Congestion Charge has been temporarily increased to £15 and the hours of operation have been extended to 7am to 10pm, seven days a week. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

The UK has an extensive public transport network but should you wish to drive to London or use a car while you're in town, there are some important things to know: not least that Britons drive on the left side of the road!

London is easy to reach using the UK's motorway network – with the M1, M2, M3, M4, M11, M20, M23, M25 and M40 motorways in or near London – as well as a multitude of major A-roads. All of London's motorways intersect the M25 orbital motorway. There are good road connections with London's airports and relevant ports.

You can also bring a car or motorcycle into the UK via Eurotunnel or ferry.

Legal requirements

Find out if you can use your non-UK driving licence during your trip on the official UK government website.

Before arriving, it is essential to ensure that you are adequately insured and that your vehicle is roadworthy. Take a look at everything you need to know about driving in the UK after Brexit

See the official UK government website for full details of legal requirements for drivers

If you do plan to drive in Britain, you should obtain a copy of the Highway Code, which details the rules of the road including street signs. It is available at bookshops and Tourist Information Centres, or read it online on the official UK government website

Find out more about London's roads and driving conditions

Car hire in London 

London's points of arrival, including airports, train stations and sea ports are all well served by car hire companies, which you can book in advance. Always use a reputable car hire company. 

Adapted vehicles for disabled drivers can be hired from London airports and locations in the city. For more information, visit the Disabled Motoring UK website

Car parks in London

Parking in London can prove quite difficult if you don't know where to go. There are car parking companies operating in London with properties throughout the city. NCP (National Car Parks) run about 100 car parks in London, including airport car parks.

London's Congestion Charge

The Congestion Charge applies to drivers of most vehicles in central London between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays and between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The charging zone is clearly marked by traffic signs and road markings. Motorcyles and electric cars are exempt from the charge, or may qualify for a discount. Disabled drivers are also exempt but must apply in advance.

For more information on London's Congestion Charge, visit TfL's Congestion Charge page

Learn more about driving in London.