Travelling to GOSH
We understand that travelling to and from GOSH during the current COVID-19 situation may cause some anxiety for families. Below we share some options for your journey, appreciating that public transport options will vary depending on the latest national guidance.
If you have been asked to self-isolate before your admission or appointment, please remember that you should not use public transport to get to GOSH. Please see the guidance below about getting to GOSH safely.
If you’re worried about getting to or from an upcoming appointment or admission, please contact your clinical team.
Driving to GOSH
- You will need to pay a charge to drive within the central London Congestion Charging zone between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week.
- You may also need to pay a fee to drive within the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in central London. You can find out more, including whether your vehicle meets ULEZ standards, on the TFL website.
- Families who meet strict criteria may qualify for reimbursement of travel costs.
- There is no official drop-off and pick-up area at the hospital. Great Ormond Street is a Clean Air Zone. This means that drivers should not leave their engines running for longer than one minute while waiting outside the hospital.
Parking at GOSH
Great Ormond Street Hospital does not have a car park. We are grateful to the London Borough of Camden for giving us parking permits so that carers bringing children to GOSH can park their car nearby.
- Parking permits are available on the day of their use and can be collected from the main reception desk, which is located in the main entrance of GOSH
- Parking is very limited so we ask that parking is used to only bring a patient to and from the hospital
- The parking permit allows you to park on Guildford Street – see the Google Map Link
- Outside of peak hours (7am-9pm) you can use on-street parking.
The discount can only be redeemed when booking online (https://rcpparking.com/2000) within 15 minutes of parking. To find out the discount code, please call the main reception of GOSH on 020 7405 9200 (ext. 5276).
Walking to GOSH
If you are travelling to a nearby train station, why not walk to the hospital with the help of one of our fun walking maps created by our very own GOSH respiratory patients.
- Walking is the cheapest – and can also be the most pleasant and fun – way to travel in London. Two London Underground stations are near the hospital (Russell Square and Holborn), and several mainline train stations are within walking distance (Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Waterloo and Charing Cross).
- Walking maps to GOSH from north London and south London are available below and can also be collected from the main reception at the hospital.
- To plan your walking route to the hospital from other locations, you can use Google maps or walkit.com, which allows you to search for the least polluted routes.
Getting to GOSH if you've been self-isolating
We recommend that you use your own car to travel to GOSH. You can find information about parking above.
If you are eligible for hospital transport, you can speak to the Admissions Coordinator to arrange this. More information about hospital transport is available below.
You should not use public transport to get to GOSH after self-isolating. We understand this will be difficult for some families. If you don’t have your own car and aren’t eligible for hospital transport, contact the Admissions Coordinator. We will help you to get to GOSH safely.
GOSH is located near to several mainline stations, underground stations, and bus stops. The easiest way to plan your travel in London is to use the Transport for London (TfL) Journey planner. It allows you to plan routes between stations and postcodes. It also allows you to specify preferences for modes of transport (including walking and cycling) and accessibility requirements (such as step-free transport).
The train is usually the fastest way to get into central London. The table below shows the different options for getting to the hospital from different stations. Please check TFL and rail websites before your journey, as timetables may differ during the COVID-19 situation.
Several bus routes are a short walk from GOSH, and low-floor, wheelchair accessible buses run on all routes. Please check the TFL website before your journey, as timetables may differ during the COVID-19 situation.
Two tube stations are a short walk from the hospital. Russell Square is the nearest (7 minutes’ walk) and is on the Piccadilly Line, with connections to Kings Cross Station. Holborn (7 minutes’ walk) is on the Piccadilly line and Central line, with connections to Kings Cross and Liverpool Street stations. Please check the TFL website before your journey, as services may differ during the COVID-19 situation.
There are cycle racks on Queen Square, Great Ormond Street and Guilford Street. When these are in operation, you can hire bikes in London from as little as £2 per journey, using Santander Cycles and there are docking stations all over central London, and all you need is a bank card to get started. The nearest docking station to the hospital is on Guilford Street. Please check online before your journey, as bike hire may be unavailable during the COVID-19 situation.
This animation was created by children at Great Ormond Street Hospital and explores issues around air pollution.
Taxis and minicabs
If you have issues with mobility and have trouble using public transport, you may be able to get subsidised taxi and minicab travel in London. The two schemes are called Taxicard and Capital Call. Please see this link for more information: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/taxicard-and-capital-call
London's traditional taxis (black cabs) can be booked in advance, hailed on the street, or picked up from designated taxi ranks. Black Cabs are also disabled friendly as they have access ramps to wheelchairs and will be willing to help those with disabilities. Please see this link for more information: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/
Public transport fares
- The cheapest and easiest way to travel on public transport in London is to use a contactless payment card (issued by many banks) or an Oyster (pre-pay) card. Paying for a paper ticket can be several times more expensive than using these methods.
- Buses in London are now entirely cash-free, so use of a contactless card, and Oyster card, or a previously purchased paper travelcard is necessary.
- More information available here.
- Russell Square and Holborn stations are not easy for wheelchair users, as there are steps from the platforms. If you require step-free travel, it is best to use the bus or walk.
- Low-floor, wheelchair accessible buses run on all routes.
- Assistance at mainline stations is available for disabled passengers travelling on trains. It is best to give at least 24 hours’ notice so that they can make arrangements.
Non-emergency medical transport
We provide non-emergency medical transport where any other method of getting to and from GOSH would be damaging to the patient’s health.
Please ask your family doctor (GP) to arrange transport to GOSH if your child requires it to attend an outpatient appointment. If your child is coming for an inpatient stay, our staff will organise this. Unfortunately, we cannot accept bookings from anyone else.