How to reach us

As one of London’s premier tourist attractions reaching us is quick and easy. We’re just 10 minutes from Junction 4 of the M1, 30 minutes from Central London by Tube, and a 7 minute bus ride from Colindale Underground Station. So why not visit?

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By Road

By Road only 30 minutes from Central London. Follow the brown and white tourist signs from M25, M1 (Junction 4 Southbound), A41, A5 and North Circular (A406) roads.

There is parking on site, parking charges apply.  The postcode NW9 5QW will direct you to the small industrial estate that is located next to the Museum. Please note that during periods of high demand such as the school holidays and weekends this can fill up very quickly. We would therefore suggest that during such times that you leave your car at home and visit us using public transport.

Please note:

During the school holidays our Museum is a very popular destination. This means our car park fills quickly. To avoid lengthy queuing at the entrance of the car park, please consider using public transport, either by bus, underground or rail.

By Bus

Route 303 passes the entrance to the Museum. Look at the entire route of the 303 bus on the TFL website. The bus stop for this service is located directly outside the exit of Colindale Underground station.

Plan your journey using the TFL website

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone

From October 25 2021, the Mayor of London expanded the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone to help clean up London's air. There are charges for some older cars driving into London, however The RAF Museum is not included within the expanded ULEZ zone, meaning any visitors coming from the North will not have to pay this charge.

Map showing Museum's relative position to London's ULEZ zonePlease check the TFL website for more information on this, before you travel.

By Underground

The Museum is situated at Colindale Underground on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line. Please alight at Colindale, not Hendon Central. Colindale is in Zone 4.

If you are not familiar with the London Underground, you can pick up a map free of charge from any Underground station or download one here. For useful ticketing information and service updates, visit the Transport for London website

To travel to the Museum, get on the Northern Line (the black line on the maps) travelling North. The Northern Line runs through King's Cross Station so this can be a useful place to pick it up.

The two branches of the Northern Line merge at Camden Town. You need to be on a train travelling to EDGWARE (known as the Edgware Branch). If you are on the other line (the High Barnet Branch), then change at Camden Town onto an Edgware train. Trains heading to Mill Hill East are on the High Barnet Branch. All the electronic displays will show which destination the train is heading for: Edgware, High Barnet or Mill Hill East.

Stay on the Northern Line and alight at Colindale station. Do not alight at Hendon Central - this is the station before Colindale. The journey should take around half an hour from King's Cross. There is only one exit from Colindale station. Turn left out of the station and walk straight along the road for about 10 minutes.

Plan your journey to using the TFL website

By Rail

Mill Hill Broadway is the nearest rail station and is a 20 minute walk away. The station is on the Luton/King's Cross/Thameslink line.

Trains are operated by:

• Thameslink
• Download the interactive network map here
• Thameslink operates trains between London, Brighton, Bedford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King's Lynn.

If you need assistance with boarding and alighting from trains, navigating the station, or accessing station services, please let ThamesLink know at least 24 hours before you plan to travel, so they can make sure staff are available. You can book assistance quickly and easily online, or give them a call:

Online at:
Telephone: 0800 058 2844
Textphone: 0800 138 1018
SMS Text*: 07860 034 269

Please note: you are able to take the 303 bus from Mill Hill Broadway to the Museum from Boarding Stop B. The approximate journey time for this travel is 7 minutes. Please ensure that you are taking the 303 bus to Kingsbury Circle.

By Air

Nearest airports are:

• Heathrow - 26 km
• City - 28 km
• Luton - 39 km
• Gatwick - 57km
• Stansted - 57 km