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Transport in London over Christmas and New Year

Your guide to reduced transport timetables and service disruptions across the 2015 festive season

© Abigail Lelliott

Getting around during the festive season can be challenging thanks to reduced timetables on the tube, buses and railways. Fortunately, Time Out is here to help smooth the way.

Each service (and each tube line) now also has a Twitter account, which is a good way to keep up with closures and disruptions. Find the ones you're interested on TfL's social media page.

We can't predict the weather, obviously, so note that information may be subject to change due to adverse conditions. Check directly with your transport provider before travelling.

Check back soon for 2016 travel info or read last year's travel info below for an idea of transport in London over Christmas and New Year.

RECOMMENDED: Find some festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London.

Transport over Xmas and New Year

Tube

Tube

On Christmas Eve, a normal service will run until 8pm, from which point there will be fewer trains running on the London underground and service will end according to a Sunday timetable.

There will be no service across the London Underground on Christmas Day.

On Boxing Day and Sunday 27 December, the Tube will run a Sunday service starting an hour later than usual. The Waterloo & City line will not be running, and there will be disruptions to service on the Metropolitan Line, Circle Line and Hammersmith & City Line, so check before travelling.

On Monday 28 December, Tuesday 29 December, Wednesday 30 December, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, the Tube will run a Saturday service with disruptions to some lines due to planned engineering works, so check before travelling. Don't forget, there's free travel on New Year's Eve from 11.45pm to 4.30am.

Overground

Overground

On Christmas Eve, a reduced service will run on London Overground lines from 9pm.

There will be no service on the London Overground on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

On Sunday 27 December and Monday 28 December there will be a Saturday service (although times may vary) and they'll be no service between Gospel Oak and Barking, Richmond and Willesden Junction, Highbury & Islington and Shadwell, Sydenham and Crystal Palace and Romford and Upminster.

On Tuesday 29 December, Wednesday 30 December and New Year's Eve there will be a Saturday service (although times may vary) with no service between Richmond and Willesden Junction. Don't forget, there's free travel on New Year's Eve from 11.45pm to 4.30am.

On New Year's Day, there will be a Saturday service, although trains will start later than usual and there will be no service between Richmond and Willesden Junction and Romford and Upminster.

DLR

DLR

On Christmas Eve, the DLR will run a Saturday service with the last train at 10.45pm.

There will be no service on the DLR on Christmas Day.

On Boxing Day the DLR will run every 10 minutes from 8.30am to half past midnight.

On Sunday 27 December, the DLR will run Sunday service.

On Monday 28 December, the DLR will run a Saturday service and service will resume as normal on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December.

On New Year's Eve, the DLR will run a Saturday service with free travel from 11.45pm until 4.30am.

On New Year's Day, there will be a Saturday service, with fewer trains running before 10am.

Buses

Buses

On Christmas Eve, a Saturday service will run and no night buses will be in service from around midnight.

There will be no London bus service on Christmas Day.

On Boxing Day, all routes will run a Sunday service from 6am.

On Sunday 27 December a regular Sunday service will run on all routes. On Monday 28 December, Tuesday 29 December and Wednesday 30 December, a Saturday service will run on all bus routes.

On New Year's Eve, a regular service will run with free travel from 11.45pm until 4.30am.

On New Year's Day, there will be a Sunday service on all routes.

River

River

There will be no River service on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

On Monday 28 December, Tuesday 29 December, Wednesday 30 December and New year's Day the Woolwich Ferry will run a one-ferry service between 6am and 8pm, with a reduced service on MBNA Thames Clippers.

Santander bike hire

Santander bike hire

A normal service will run across the Santander cycle hire network over Christmas.

Some central London docking stations will be suspended from Wednesday 30 December until 1pm on Saturday 2 January.

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Comments

14 comments
Latif11 M
Latif11 M

can you drive on bus lanes on christmas day

Allan F
Allan F

I am totally gobsmacked!! A city of 12 million people and absolutely no public transport? Shocking that London Transport is allowed to get away with this. What about the thousands of people who have to work and travel on the 25th? Utter disgrace

Marc A
Marc A

@Allan F oh but they need their pay rises and constant strikes to justify it too!

Karl H
Karl H

Your pathetic. Your the disgrace. One day a year without transport and you moan like an old lady.have you ever heard of taxis?

Anyone who arrives at an airport can afford a taxi if they can afford an expensive flight.

London has one of the best transport systems in the world but idiots like you still complain.

KR T
KR T

Dear All,

Does Saturday service schedule mean on 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st DEC also that the OFF peak fares will apply on the tube lines? 

Many thanks!

Wop v
Wop v

Hi.

 Just to make sure. Is the Circle available after midnight on New years eve?

Gi M
Gi M

Hi,

i'll be in London with my family (parents and four siblings, two over eighteen and the other two 13 and 15) from the 23rd to the 30th of December, which underground ticket do you suggest i buy?

Visitor oyster or Travelcard?

(considering that on the 25th there is no service)


Thank you soooo much in advance. :)

Duncan D
Duncan D

Always get an Oyster card regardless. You can put a travel card on that. It's the difference with a daily cap of £6 a day or paying on paper will be £12!! Each oyster is subject to a £5 deposit - but you can get that back at the end of your visit! Really depends how much you intend to travel... :) £2.30 a single within central, but will cap at £6 a day (not sure exact amount in pence).

Luis S
Luis S

Hi. I'm arriving with family at Heathrow on Xmas day. Is there absolutely no public transport of any kind running? How do you get from the airport into town on that day? Any help?

Duncan D
Duncan D

Maybe download the Uber app and set up an account ready - it will work once you get here. And it will give you the chance to at least agree a taxi fare before you book it... Little in the way (I think) if any, of public transport on Xmas day. Enjoy your visit!

Funmi A
Funmi A

Will there be buses on the road as early as  6.00am on boxing day?