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Warner Bros Studios Hollywood Tour – tickets, prices, timings, what to expect

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Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood, Los Angeles, has been entertaining the world for almost a century now. 

The studio lot is on 110 acres, and houses sound stages, production offices, post-production facilities, and other film and television production support services.

The Warner Bros Studios Tour hosted by their expert guide is the best way to explore one of the world’s busiest working studios.

The tour includes visiting the Batcave from the Batman films; the Central Perk set from “Friends,” and the streets of the fictional town of Stars Hollow from “Gilmore Girls,” among other attractions.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for Warner Bros Studios Hollywood tour.

What to expect on the studio tour

During the Warner Bros Studios Hollywood tour, an expert guide takes you behind the studio’s scenes, entertaining the world for over 95 years.

As a working movie and TV studio, backlot sets and sound stages get occupied due to production requirements, so the tour’s route varies daily to accommodate the shooting schedule.

Backlots & Soundstages

Visitors walk the backlots as part of the tour, which have been the exterior sets for classic films and TV shows such as CasablancaBatmanGilmore GirlsFriends, etc.  

The tour guide will also take you to one of the soundstages to see where some current hit shows are produced.

DC Universe: The Exhibit

In this part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of Hollywood, you go through the interactive DC Universe.

Don’t miss out on the latest Aquaman section, which brings to life the visually breathtaking underwater world of Atlantis. 

And the Wonder Woman section, where you see the set design and wardrobe from the movie.

Wizarding World: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts

During this part of the studio tour, you enter the wizarding world and see the real costumes and props from the original Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.

Don’t miss out on the original storyboards and authentic props such as Dobby the House Elf and the Sorting Hat.

Batcave – Batmobile Collection

Dark Knight's Tumblers as seen in Warner Bros. Tour

The Batcave features the authentic cars Bruce Wayne drove, as seen throughout Batman’s cinematic history of nearly 30 years. 

You will see Bathammer, Batpod, Tumbler, etc., and learn all their design and functional features.

Script to screen at Stage 48

This self-guided part of the Warner Bros Studio Tour happens in Stage 48.

Visitors understand the complete movie-making process by exploring the exhibits and the interactive tools on display. 

Warner Bros Studio’s expert tour guides are always on hand to share the Hollywood production process’s secrets. 

Here are some of the highlights of Stage 48:

  • See the capsule used in the Academy Award-winning film Gravity
  • Ride Harry Potter’s Firebolt
  • Cruise through Gotham on the legendary Batpod
  • Find out how the stylish fight sequences in The Matrix were shot
  • At ‘Art of Sound,’ learn how sound engineers make a film come to life

Central Perk Set

Fans of the hit sitcom Friends love this part of the tour because they get to see the studio’s production soundstage featuring the real Central Perk cafe Set.

This is part of the self-guided tour in Stage 48 but is so popular that it finds a special mention. 

The best part is that it is a working replica, which means you can sit down and enjoy a cup of Central Perk coffee.

The Big Bang Theory Set

This latest addition to the Warner Brothers Studio in Los Angeles uses the real set of the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory

Here, you can:

  • Take a seat in Sheldon’s spot in apartment 4A
  • Recreate Sheldon’s signature knock or take a photo in front of the infamous broken elevator
  • Look into the Caltech physics department cafeteria where Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, and Raj eat together

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Where to buy Warner Bros. Studio tickets

The Warner Bros. Studio tickets are available at the attraction and online.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Go to the Warner Bros. Studio booking page, select your preferred date, time slot and the number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

Once you purchase Warner Bros. Studio tickets, they get delivered to your email address. 

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone when you visit the attraction.

Remember to bring your official IDs.

Warner Bros Studio tour ticket prices

The tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio are priced at US$70 for all adults aged 11 years and above. 

The cost of tickets for children between five and ten years is US$60. 

Kids under four years old are not permitted on the tour. 

Warner Bros Studio tour Tickets

This section explains the two kinds of experiences Warner Bros. Studio offers – the Hollywood Tour and the Hollywood Classic Tour.

Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood Tour ticket

Of the two tours on offer, the Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood Tour is more popular because it focuses on all the movies made at the studios.

The first two hours of the tour are guided, and for the next 60 to 90 minutes, you explore some of the best movie props and movie-making experiences by yourself.

This ticket also gets you a discount on merchandise at the Warner Bros. Studio Retail store.

Ticket Price

Adult Ticket (11+ years): US$70
Child Ticket (5 to 10 years): US$60

Kids aged 4 years and younger are not permitted.

The Golden Age of Hollywood Classic Tour

This tour focuses on the Golden Age of Hollywood, featuring award-winning movies and TV Serials stretching from 1900 to the early 1970s. 

The Hollywood Classic Tour is also three hours long, with a 2-hour guided and 1-hour self-guided portion. 

After your tour, you can visit the Warner Bros Studio tour shop and receive a discount on merchandise with your voucher.

Ticket Price

Adult Ticket (13+ years): US$70
Child Ticket (8 to 12 years): US$60


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How to reach Warner Brothers Studio

Warner Brothers Studio is 3.2 km (2 miles) from Griffith Park and 6.5 km (4 miles) from the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Address: 3400 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505. Get directions

By Metro

North Hollywood is the closest subway station to Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood.

It is best to board a Red Line train from Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station. The journey lasts 30 minutes and 13 stops.

From just outside North Hollywood station, take Bus 501 to Warner Bros Studios. 

The bus departs approximately every 15 mins, so you won’t have to wait long. 

For more train options, check out LA Metro’s website.

By Bus

Many other buses can also get you to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, and we list some of them.

Bus No. *Boarding Point Frequency
Bus 222 Hollywood / Highland every 40 mins
Bus 155 Universal City every 40 mins
Bus 501 North Hollywood every 15 mins
Bus 501 Pasadena / Del Mar every 15 mins

*Hollywood / Highland, Universal City, and North Hollywood are Red Line subway stations, while Pasadena / Del Mar is a Gold Line subway station. You will find the buses just outside the stations.

All these buses drop off passengers approximately 400 meters (a quarter of a mile) from the Tour Center.

By Car

Los Angeles has many cars, and traffic can be messy, so we don’t recommend driving to the Warner Bros Studios tour.

However, if you must, the easiest way to get there is by using Google Maps

Enough parking for Studio Tour guests is underground for US$15 per vehicle. 

Follow signs for Tour Parking on the Southside of Warner Blvd.

Click here to know more about the nearby parking lots.


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Warner Bros. Studio Tour hours

The first Warner Bros Studios Tours starts at 8.30 am, and the last tour leaves at 3.30 pm.

A new tour starts every half hour.

On holidays, the studio tour is available for extended hours. However, the attraction remains closed on Christmas.

The tour stands closed on 13 and 14 June.


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How long does Warner Bros. Studio Tour take

Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood Tour is a 3-hour-long experience. 

The Studios Tour’s guided portion lasts 2 hours, and the self-guided walk-through of ‘Stage 48: Script to Screen’ lasts approximately an hour. 

The second (and not so popular) Warner Bros Classics Tour also lasts 3 hours.

Note: It would be best to arrive at the Tour Center at least 20 minutes before the scheduled time because each guest must pass through a metal detector and show legal photo identification before entering the premises.

Best time to go on tour

It is best to choose the first Warner Bros. Studio tour starting at 8.30 am.

In the morning, the crowd is less, and the guides are more energetic, which will help you make the most of the tour. 

Weekdays are better than weekends if you want to avoid crowds. 


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Warner Bros Studios tour discount

The best way to get a discount on Warner Bros Studio Tour tickets is by booking them online in advance. 

The ticket prices at the gate are at least a couple of dollars more than what’s available online. 

Kids between 5 to 10 years also get a significant discount – they pay only US$60 as against the adult ticket price of US$70.

Warner Bros Studio for free

If you are in Los Angeles for over a week, Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass is a great way to save money.

When you purchase this Pass, you get free entry to more than 40 top attractions in the city, including the Warner Bros Studio.

The Pass is available for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 days and when you opt for a 3, 5, or 7-day Pass, you also get a free ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood.


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Know before your visit

You must know four critical things before booking your Warner Studios tour. 

Photo ID Card

All guests 18 years and above must show valid government-issued photo identification for security purposes.  

The three types of photo IDs accepted before visitors are allowed to join the Warner Bros Studios Tour are:

  • A valid government-issued driver’s license
  • A valid passport
  • A valid state-issued identity card (acceptable only for US guests)

Smaller kids are not allowed

Only kids eight years and older are allowed to join the studio tour. 

Yes, that’s right!

Children under eight can’t join the Warner Brothers studio tour. 

An adult must accompany visitors aged eight to 17 years.

Taking photos and recording videos

Since Warner Bros is a working studio, movie and TV production continue even as you go about your tour. 

And since the production unit doesn’t want their secrets out in the open, recording video is NOT permitted.

Even photography is allowed only during certain parts of the tour. 

The expert guide keeps the tour participants updated on when it is OK to take photographs.

Tip: The studio’s tour happens on a tram-like vehicle, but portions of the 110-acre backlot tour include walking. We recommend walking shoes/sneakers, loose-fitting clothing, and hats for the tour’s outdoor parts.


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Food at Warner Bros Studios

During the first two hours of the guided Warner Bros Studios tour, you can’t stop for a bite because you will be part of a group.

But after that, you are on your own and can stop at any of the three dining options.

Starbucks

A full-service Starbucks in the Tour Welcome Center is open from 8.30 am to 5 pm.

It is a great option if you want to re-energize before the start of your tour. 

Central Perk Cafe 

Approximately two hours after your studio tour starts, you will reach Stage 48: Script to Screen.

Here, you will find a working replica of the Central Perk Cafe, as seen in the famous sitcom Friends. 

Besides excellent coffee, they also offer various Sandwiches, Salads, Pizza, Grilled Cheese, Hot Dogs, etc. 

Warner Bros. Studio Plaza cafe 

The Studio Plaza Café is open for breakfast and lunch from Monday through Friday.

It opens at 8 am, closes at 2.30 pm, and remains closed on weekends.

Sources

# Wbstudiotour.com
# Wikipedia.org
# Studiooperations.warnerbros.com
# Tripadvisor.com

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