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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

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 2020), 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. The only available transport will be taxis, private hire and coaches – and 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. The Waterloo & City line will not run at all. For the first time, there will be reduced services running on the London Overground, too – between Highbury & Islington to West Croydon and Clapham Junction to Hackney Wick (and as it's a bank holiday, off-peak fares will apply). Rail replacement buses will run between Hackney Wick and Stratford, as well.

There will be no TfL Rail, Thames Clipper or Woolwich Ferry services. Check National Rail's Christmas page for info about service changes and planned works over the festive period.

Just in case you heading out for the post-Christmas sales, note that on Friday 27 December, buses, the DLR, Trams and the Tube will run on Saturday timings for most of the day.

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). Make sure you're on the right side of the river too, as you won't be able to walk, cycle or drive across several bridges – like Westminster Bridge from 2pm and Waterloo Bridge from 4pm. 

New Year's Day will also see most of the Tube on a reduced service, and both the London Overground and buses will run on Sunday timings.

A South Western Railway strike is expected to see members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union walk out between 2 December and New Year's Day, affecting the entirety of the network. For more information, keep an eye on the South Western Railway website.

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