How to get to Wembley Stadium for the England v Slovenia game with next week's Tube strike set to cause major disruption


A Tube strike is planned for the day of England's World Cup qualifier (Source: Getty)

Bad news for anyone in and around the general vicinity of London next week, as a 24-hour Tube strike on Thursday 5 October is set to cause major disruption across the Underground network.

Along with the many commuters trying to make their way around on the day, there's also the England v Slovenia game at Wembley Stadium that night.

Read more: Here's what you need to know about the upcoming Tube strike

At present, members of train drivers' union Aslef are poised to walk out on the 5 October in a row over working conditions, though talks are ongoing to try and hash out a resolution with Transport for London (TfL).

TfL will be providing more detailed travel advice on Monday, including alternative ways to get football fans to the World Cup qualifier, so until then, here are some travel alternatives for football fans hoping to make the trip to Wembley on Thursday.

By coach/bus

The local buses to the stadium include 18, 83, 92 and 224, though be warned: TfL has said that bus services are likely to be "exceptionally busy" across the capital. If you can walk, TfL says you're best off doing so.

In terms of coach options, National Express is the official coach supplier for Wembley and has specific links for visitors to the stadium. Click here for more details on direct services from over 55 locations.

By train

There are three nearby stations that serve the stadium: Wembley Park (on the Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines), Wembley Central (on the Bakerloo and London Overground Lines), and Wembley Stadium (on the Chiltern Line).

Current advice is saying there will be substantial disruption on the Underground, so you'll want to avoid the Tube.

Oh, and there are also RMT rail strikes planned on the same day across Southern rail, Greater Anglia, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North in a separate row over the role of the guard.

Chiltern has recently announced it won't be calling at Wembley Stadium due to the strike either.

By car

For those with a car, driving to nearby Preston Road or Stonebridge Park are options, with Wembley Stadium about a half an hour walk from both.

There is official stadium parking, but you'll need to book ahead to get a spot. If you do manage to get a space, follow signs for the green car park which is off Engineers Way (check the map below).

By foot

If you're trying to navigate back out of central London for the game, TfL has a map on parts of your journey that could be quicker to walk anyway. View the full-sized version here.

This map doesn't quite reach out to Wembley but has some of the nearby stations, and has a compilation of steps at street level between stations, so you can gauge how far walking at least part of your journey could take.

By bike

There are of course a raft of Boris bikes out in the capital that people can opt for - and these are often a popular option, with usage spiking during previous strikes.

Wembley is a pretty bike friendly stadium, and parking for bikes is available on street level, as well as the north east corner of the stadium (near the green cark park).

Entering the stadium

Here's a map of the stadium and surrounding area to get your bearings if coming from somewhere unfamiliar:

(Click or tap for full-sized version featuring directions into the stadium.)

(Source: Wembley Stadium)