London Travelling by Underground on New Year’s Night

London Travelling by Underground on New Year’s Night

In this post, we discuss Night-Travelling in London in general and particular interest on Festival season and New Year’s Night.

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London is a 24-hour city with an increasingly important night-time economy. Around 14 per cent of London businesses are based on the night-time economy, rising to 20 per cent of businesses in the West End. Londoners make approximately one million trips between 22:00 and 05:00 on Friday and Saturday nights. TfL has announced that London Underground will run trains on selected lines on Friday and Saturday nights from September 2015. This section describes trends in late night travel demand and the nature and objectives of the proposed new service.

London Underground has operated later hours in the past in special circumstances. The Tube has run a 24-hour service on New Year’s Eve.

The growth of the night-time economy has been one facet affecting several pronounced shifts in the ways that the transport networks are used throughout the day. While there are still distinct weekday peaks of demand, the general pattern since the 1970s has been a broadening of demand across the day – and into the weekends as well. Patronage on the Tube after 22.00 hours until close of service has increased by an estimated 70 per cent since 2000, compared to 30 per cent over the whole day, and the Night bus network now carries 42 million passengers per year compared with around 16 million in 2000. The advent next year of the Night Tube, aimed squarely at supporting London’s growing night-time economy, is clear step along the way.

Your guide to service disruptions and reduced transport timetables in London across the 2017 festive season.

Already planning how to travel around London this Christmas? We’d suggest you do something more seasonal instead. How about reading up on London’s best urban beaches, amazing rooftop bars and ace day-trips from London? If you’re determined to get your transport fix, read on.

We’ll be updating this page with information for Christmas 2017 as soon as it’s available. 

Getting around town at Christmas time 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 has a Twitter account, which is a good way to keep up with closures and disruptions. Find the ones you’re interested in on TfL’s social media page.

We can’t predict the weather, obviously, so note that the info below may be subject to change due to adverse conditions (snow!), so check your route directly before travelling.

Note that there’s no service at all on London’s public transport on Christmas Day and there’s free travel from 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4.30am on New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Eve 2017 travel: How to get around London FOR FREE

CELEBRATING New Year’s Eve in London? Here is how you can get around by tube and bus for free, with the latest news on road traffic, taxi prices and the congestion charge.

Between 11.45pm and 4.30am on New Year’s Day, travel is free across the Transport for London (TfL) network.

This means that tube, overground, bus, DLR, TfL rail and tram services will all be free.

London Underground services will run throughout the night, with certain day bus routes continuing into the early hours to help travelers get home.

The Liverpool Street-Enfield Town/Cheshunt lines will run hourly throughout the night.DLR trains will run as usual until 12.30am, with a service ever 15 minutes into the morning.TfL rail services will run 15 minutes all night, with the exception of the Chadwell Heath-Shenfield route which will be serviced by a replacement bus. The last bus leaves Shenfield at 11.37pm, and from Chadwell Heath at 3.08am.Trams will run every 30 minutes throughout the night.

Not drinking? Drivers can head into central London with no congestion charge all day and night. There will be road closures around Victoria, Westminster and Parliament Square due to the New Year’s Eve fireworks event.Westminster, Jubilee, Waterloo and Lambeth bridges will be closed to pedestrians from 2pm onwards.Black cabs will charge an extra £4 for each journey, while Uber prices will be at their highest between midnight and 3am.Uber recommends that users double check their driver’s information to avoid getting in the wrong car, and using its split fare or UberPool options to save money.Not sure what you’re doing for New Year’s Eve? Check out our guides on the cheapest places to spend the night in London, and the best spots to watch the fireworks.

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Make sure to plan your journey ahead of time because Transport for London drivers don’t want to spend all Christmas chauffeuring us about.

When it comes to Christmas Day, travelling is almost out of the question unless you can drive.

But if you’re nipping out on Christmas Eve, looking to check out the sales on Boxing Day or wondering what to do New Year’s Day – plan, plan, plan.

And fortunately we’ve got all the details here to help you on your merry way.


Christmas Eve: The Tube will be running until 11.30pm – giving last minute shoppers a chance to dash out before the big event.

Although Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday, there won’t be a Night Tube service.

Christmas Day: There will be no service across the entire Underground network.

Boxing Day: The Tube will start up again from 7.45am, but will run as a Sunday service. There will be closures on the the District, Circle, Waterloo & City and Bakerloo lines – so check your route online.

New Year’s Eve: This will be a lot easier with the Night Tube back in business and the bonus of free travel between 11.45pm and 4.30am (whoop!)

New Year’s Day: After 12pm it will become a reduced Sunday service.


Christmas Eve: The Overground will be finishing at an earlier time around 9.30pm.

If you’re heading to Essex, there will be no service between Romford and Upminster. Gospel Oak to Barking will also be closed.

Christmas Day: No service whatsoever.

Boxing Day: Still no service (sorry)

New Year’s Eve:  Trains will run as a regular Saturday service, with some lines continuing throughout the night – but make sure to plan your journey ahead in case you’re stuck getting an Uber home.

Again, no service between Romford and Upminster, and the Gospel Oak to Barking closure continues.

New Year’s Day: Regular Sunday service.


Christmas Eve: The DLR will be finishing its service by 10.50pm, slightly earlier than usual.

Christmas Day: No service, as expected.

Boxing Day: There will be a train every ten minutes.

New Year’s Eve: Services will be running throughout the night, so plenty of time to party.

New Year’s Day:  The overnight service will continue until 10am – and then a Sunday service will continue.


Christmas Eve: There will be no night services, so buses will be finishing around midnight.

Christmas Day: Bus drivers will be at home with their families – so no buses.

Boxing Day: Regular Sunday service.

New Year’s Eve: There will be a regular Saturday service, but there’s a few diversions in place across central London from the early afternoon, so check the website before heading out.

Some routes will be running into the night.

New Year’s Day: The usual Sunday service will run.

For anymore information or to plan out your route, visit Transport for London.

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