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How Can You Travel Around London Over Christmas?

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor


Whether by tube, bus, or bike, Secret London will help you travel around London this Christmas.

We took a rollicking ride through the TfL website to help you travel from ice rinks to Christmas markets, and everything in between. Here’s what we found!

🚇 Tube

Christmas travel

December 24th – Normal weekday services are running, but they’ll be reduced on most lines from around 4pm – the exceptions are the Circle line and Waterloo & City line, which will both reduce services from 10:30pm. The last trains are at Sunday times, and there’s no service on the District line between Parsons Green and Wimbledon from 10:45pm.

December 25th – No London Underground services running.

December 26th – There’s no Northern line service between Morden and Euston on both branches (replacement buses will be in place), and trains won’t stop at Mornington Crescent. There’s also no Waterloo & City line, and no service between Earl’s Court and Kensington Olympia on the District line. All other lines are running reduced services, with first trains running from 7:45pm and the last trains at weekday times.

🚆 Overground

Christmas travel

December 24th – Nice and simple, all routes are running but they’ll finish around 9:30pm.

December 25th – No London Overground services running.

December 26th – Only two routes are running today; the Clapham Junction-Stratford line runs from 9am to 10pm (with a replacement bus between Hackney Wick and Stratford), and the Highbury & Islington-West Croydon route runs 6:45am until 10:45pm.


Christmas travel

December 24th – The DLR will run a Saturday service, with trains finishing around 10:30pm.

December 25th – No DLR services running.

December 26th – The DLR will run a reduced service with trains every 10 minutes from 8:30am until 12:30am, and a Saturday service between Stratford and Canary Wharf after 9:30am.

🚝 TfL Rail

Christmas travel

December 24th – On the western stretch, there’s no service between Paddington and Slough/Heathrow Terminal 4, rail replacement bus services between Ealing Broadway, Slough, and Hillingdon (although they won’t stop at Acton Main Line, West Ealing, and Hanwell), and a normal service between Slough and Reading. For the eastern stretch, there’s a normal service from Liverpool Street to Shenfield, although the last trains will be slightly earlier: 9:14pm from Liverpool Street, and 10:10pm from Shenfield.

December 25th/26th – No TfL Rail services running.

🚉 Trams

Photo: @hagenersimon

December 24th – A Saturday service will run until 6pm, with the frequency dropping to every 15 minutes until 8pm, and every 20 minutes until the last trams (Saturday hours).

December 25th – No trams are running.

December 26th – A Sunday service will be running on the trams.

🚌 Buses

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December 24th – Buses will run on a Saturday timetable, and there are no night buses (24hr services will finish around midnight).

December 25th – There will be no bus services.

December 26th – Bus services will run as a normal Sunday service, with night services starting from around 6am.

🏎 Driving

Christmas travel

December 24th – The Congestion Charge and ULEZ charges both apply (so much for Christmas cheer).

December 25th – There will be no Congestion Charge or ULEZ charges.

December 26th – The Congestion Charge doesn’t apply today (it resumes on January 2nd), but ULEZ charges do.

🚕 Taxis

Christmas travel

December 24th-27th – Each cab journey will cost £4 extra after 8pm on the 24th, up until 6am on the 27th.

🚲 Cycling

Christmas travel

December 24-26th – The Santander hire bikes will be available as normal throughout the festive period. Time to work off that Christmas dinner, especially with free journeys on offer – use the code SCXMAS19 to make as many 30-minute journeys as you like within 24 hours free of charge.

For a complete list of closures and replacement services, check on TfL’s Christmas travel page. Oh, and looking a little further ahead, don’t forget you can ride the whole TfL network for free on New Year’s Eve.

Featured image: @shadz_ig

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