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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 |
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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 and private hire – 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. 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).

There will be no 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).

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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