Driving Theory Test Centres in Guildford

Guildford theory test centre is located in the centre of this large town, just across the river from Guildford train station. It’s therefore a great option for anyone travelling by public transport, who enjoys a bustling town with plenty to do. In this guide we’ll fill you in on everything from pass rates and wait times, to directions and local amenities. Read on to find out more!


The Old Magistrates Court 71 North Street Guildford Surrey GU1 4AW

Phone Number

0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.


Arriving at Guildford Theory Test Centre

By public transport

This theory test centre is handily situated a quick 10-minute walk from Guildford train station. Arriving from the other side of town? No problem! It also only takes 11 minutes to talk from the theory test centre to London Road station.

If the bus is your public transport of choice, we’d recommend disembarking at the Library bus stop or the Friary bus station. Both are no more than a 5-minute walk from where you’ll be taking the test.

For more detailed information on transport options, including ticket prices and timetables, head to the Guildford Borough Council website or consult the transport section of the Surrey County Council website.

By car

Arriving at the test centre by car? Your route should be fairly straightforward. Just tell whoever’s driving to type GU1 4AW into a sat nav and hit the road! Depending on your direction of travel, it’s likely you’ll end up on either the A3100, A281 or the A25.

As we’ve mentioned, the test centre is right in the middle of town, so it might be best to avoid the area during rush hour. Keep this in mind when selecting a time slot for your test.


One of the best things about this theory test centre is that you can actually park on the street outside it for free. Anyone who’s researched other centres will know that this is a rarity! There are only 49 spaces available, though, so don’t bank on this being an option at all times.

If you arrive and there are no spaces left outside, you do have other options nearby. Leapale Road car park is only 3 minutes from the centre and charges a very reasonable £2.60 for 2 hours of parking.

Pass Rates by Year

As you may have noticed, Guildford’s pass rates are quite impressive. Despite taking a small dip recently, the numbers still sit consistently above the national average. While the stats are all very promising, you must remember that this isn’t really an indication of how well you will do if you take your test here. The theory test is the same no matter where you take it. At the end of the day, your chances of success are down to how much work you put in. 

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20  2020-21 2021-22
54.1% 54.0% 55.5% 54.5% 54.1% 64.6%  62.1% 

Guides and Tips

If you want to feel confident and knowledgeable on the day of your test, we highly recommend taking the time to study and revise the material. Not sure where to start? There are plenty of guides and revision aids that can help you get test ready. We’ve listed a few of our favourites, below. 

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Nearby Theory Test Centres


In order to ensure that your head is as alert and clear as possible on the big day, make sure you get plenty of sleep beforehand. Travelling to the test centre from outside Guildford? You could even consider booking yourself into a local hotel the night before your test to maximise lie-in time. Check out a few options for a variety of budgets:

The Mandolay Hotel★★★★☆

If you fancy treating yourself, this independent boutique hotel has built itself a solid reputation for luxury and style. With award-winning dining options, complementary high-end toiletries and beautifully decorated rooms, you might have trouble tearing yourself away to actually make it to your test! Luckily, the hotel is only a 9-minute walk from the test centre, so you won’t have to depart too early.

Guildford Harbour Hotel★★★★☆

Want all the perks of a luxury hotel and spa facilities? Look no further than the Harbour Hotel, located just 8 minutes away from the test centre. Along with the on-site spa, you can make use of a decadent seafood restaurant, comfortable and contemporary rooms, and complimentary (and speedy!) WiFi.

Travelodge Guildford★★★☆☆

Need to stick to a tighter budget? No problem at all. There’s a trusty Travelodge located a 20-minute walk from the theory test centre. You can expect clean rooms, friendly staff and your very own Freeview TV. Perfect for a short stay!

Places to Celebrate

Test done and dusted but not ready to head home? Guildford is a great town in which to grab a quick drink or bite to eat. Whether you’re celebrating a pass or drowning your sorrows, here are a few places worth a visit:

All Bar One Guildford

This stylish chain bar is a great place to grab a drink and maybe even stick around to enjoy some light bites. There’s a huge menu of cocktails, wines and beers, along with a warm atmosphere and attentive staff. Given that it’s just a 2-minute walk from the test centre, it would be rude not to!

The White House

Situated right on the banks of the River Wey, this trendy pub offers beautiful views along with tasty food and a great range of tempting tipples. If the weather permits, you could even enjoy your refreshments al fresco!


For those who prefer cocktails with a side of live music, paying a visit to Komo is a must. It’s a trendy bar with a fun, buzzy atmosphere. They take their cocktails very seriously and even host masterclasses for those who fancy getting in on the mixology action themselves. A quick evening drink could turn into dancing the night away!

What Happens Next?

The Guildford theory test centre is in a really convenient locations for locals and visitors alike. With great transport options and plenty of affordable parking nearby, you should have no problem making it to your test on time.

Completed the theory part of your driving journey and ready to push ahead? It’s time to start preparing for the practical test! First things first—use your theory test pass number to book yourself a test. Luckily, you can simply head to the Guildford practical test centre, with three other test centres found elsewhere in Surrey: Ashford, Chertsey and Redhill Aerodrome.

If you didn’t manage to pass the theory test first time around, there’s no need to worry. Booking a new test is really straightforward. All you need to do is leave a gap of 3 working days since your last test. Use any interim time to squeeze in some revision.

No matter what stage you’re at in learning to drive, PassMeFast can make the process a breeze. Check out our full range of courses online—we really do have something for people of all levels of experience. Give our team a ring on 0333 123 4949 if you’d like to discuss your options.

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