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Transport in London over Christmas and New Year

Travelling around London over Christmas? Here’s your guide to service disruptions and reduced transport timetables in London across the festive season

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By Time Out London Things To Do |

During the Christmas period, a lot of London's public transport services will have reduced timetables so it doesn't hurt to start thinking about your routes early. While we sadly can't predict the weather (we know, we know, we'll work on it in 2019), we can help make your travel prep a little bit easier. Please note that the info below may be subject to change due to adverse conditions (did someone say 'white Christmas'?) so do make sure you check your route before leaving the house.

On Christmas Day, the following services will not be running: the Tube, buses, TfL Rail, London Overground, DLR, Trams, Rivers, Emirates Air Line, and National Rail. However, you will still be able to use Santander Cycles.

On Boxing Day, the following services will be running a reduced service: the Tube, DLR, buses, and Trams, Emirates Air Line. There's no service on the London Overground, TfL Rail or Thames Clipper services. Check National Rail's Christmas page for info about service changes and planned works over the festive period.

There’s free travel on all TfL networks from 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4.30am on New Year’s Day (although some stations will become exit-only; so check your route on the night).

Planned works and service changes are scheduled between Sat Dec 22 and Tue Jan 1 2019. Each service and tube line has a TfL Twitter account, which is a good way to stay aware of closures and disruptions. Find the ones you're in need of here.

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