A Bromley fan’s guide to getting to Wembley Stadium
On Sunday 20th May, over 16,000 of our friends, neighbours and those who just have a bit of our town in their hearts will be making the pilgrimage to Wembley Stadium to support Bromley FC as they take on Brackley Town in the final of the FA Trophy.
We wrote this guide on getting to the stadium for the friends and clients who are coming to the game with us, but thought it worth sharing with other fans who might be planning their trips.
Travelling by car from Bromley to Wembley
Wembley is a public transport venue, which means people are discouraged from driving to events, but if you really want to the post code for your sat nav is HA9 0WS.
If you’re driving from the Bromley area, these are the routes you might take:
You might want to consider booking a space in one of the official Wembley car parks.
There are some unofficial parking sites you may pass on the way too. On-street parking is restricted and heavily policed on event days, so it’s best not to take the risk.
Travelling by public transport means going through central London and there are a couple of options for the leg from there to Wembley. But first, what’s the lowdown on getting into town?
Public transport: first leg from Bromley to London
Sunday 20th May is the first day of Southeastern’s new timetable, so make sure you check times in advance. The local operator is laying on some additional trains in anticipation of a busier than normal Sunday on the line through Bromley South.
If you’re travelling from Bromley South, you can get a fast train to Victoria and change onto the Underground there and head for Baker Street or Marylebone (via Oxford Circus). You could also head for bus stop H and jump on the number 2 bus to Marylebone station.
Those Ravens coming in from intermediate areas between Bromley and London like Shortlands, Ravensbourne and Beckenham should also jump on a train to Victoria. If you usually travel on Thameslink services, be aware that services will be disrupted due to engineering works and the dreaded rail replacement buses may be in operation.
If you’re on the Orpington line, head to London Bridge or Charing Cross. There you can change for the Jubilee and Bakerloo lines respectively, both of which stop at Baker Street. The Bakerloo also stops at Marylebone.
Petts Wood residents can choose to travel via Victoria or London Bridge/Charing Cross – whichever takes your fancy! If you’re starting from Bickley or St Mary Cray, head into Victoria. Bear in mind that it might be quicker to change at Bromley South for a faster service.
There’s bad news for fans travelling from Hayes, West Wickham and Eden Park, as this line will be closed, with replacement buses running to Lewisham. If you want to brave the bus, make sure you give yourself a bit of extra journey time, or try and get to Bromley South.
Those at the Bromley North end of town won’t be surprised to know that the line through Sundridge Park will be closed on Sunday as usual. Make your way to Grove Park or Bromley South and join the fun from there.
Trains: second leg on to Wembley
If you want to enjoy the traditional Wembley final day out, complete with walk along Wembley Way (or Olympic Way, to use its correct name), travel to Wembley Park on the Underground. You can get there on the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines from Baker Street, although the Metropolitan is by far the quicker of the two options.
The alternative is to the train from Marylebone station to Wembley Stadium station. Journey time is just 9 minutes and the station is right behind the stadium. It’s much closer than the Tube station.
Note that travel to Wembley Central on the Bakerloo line or Overground isn’t an option as the line is closed on Non-League Finals day.
At the stadium
Head for the west end of the stadium and enter through the gate shown on your ticket. There are loads of catering and merchandise facilities available in the stadium. Just make sure you’re in your seat ahead of kick-off at 16:15 and be ready to sing your hearts out for our lads!