Heritage Locations

Victoria Coach Station, London

An art deco style building of 1932


Period of construction:
1900 - 1949

Transport Trust plaque:

Transport Mode:

164, Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TP


Nearest Town:

Victoria Coach Station is the largest and most significant coach station in London, and is operated by Victoria Coach Station Ltd., an arm of Transport for London serves long distance coach services, and should not be confused with the Victoria bus station, which serves London Buses. The station is also used as the departure point for many countryside coach tours originating from London.

Victoria Coach Station was opened at its present site in Buckingham Palace Road, London, in 1932, by London Coastal Coaches Limited, an association of coach operators. In 1968, this became a subsidiary of the National Bus Company (UK) (NBC). The building is in a distinctive Art Deco style, the architects for which were Wallis, Gilbert and Partners.

During the 1970s, Victoria Coach Station became the responsibility of the NBC subsidiary, National Travel (South East) Limited. In 1978, London Coastal Coaches Company was brought back to life and renamed Victoria Coach Station Limited. In 1988, following the privatisation of the NBC companies, ownership of Victoria Coach Station Limited was transferred to London Transport, and in 2000 ownership passed to Transport for London.

Victoria Coach Station has separate arrivals and departures terminals, located on the opposite sides of Elizabeth Street. The main departures building includes food outlets, shops, left luggage facilities, and ticketing. The combined area of the two terminals is about three acres (12,000 m²). The coach station accommodates mostly National Express, Eurolines, Oxford Express and Megabus services.
There are 22 gates in the departure terminal.

The buikding was Grade II listed in 2014.

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Opening Times:
All day every day. Tel: 0207 730 3466

How To Find:
By Road: South of Victoria Railway Station on Buckingham Palace Road.


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