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How to travel around London on Christmas Eve

Posted at 10:30 am, December 24, 2014 in News, Transport
TFL train

On Christmas Eve we imagine you’ll either be tucking into your umpteenth mince pie and sipping on some mulled wine, or you’ll be in a frenzied panic because you really have left your present shopping until the last minute. Never fear, Time Out’s here to save the day with a handy breakdown of transport services in London.


A Saturday service will operate on all routes except:

507: Reduced weekday service

521: Reduced weekday service

X68: Normal weekday service

603: No service

Night buses: No service

24-hour bus routes will operate until just after midnight




Underground trains will run as normal, like any other day in the week, however services will be reduced after 5pm and last trains will be earlier.




Check your route for earlier last train times and for replacement bus services.




A normal weekday service will operate until 4pm and the off-peak service will be extended until 7.30pm. Then an evening service will commence at 7.30pm and the very last train will depart at 11pm.




Go wild, they’re operating 24 hours a day throughout the Christmas period. They may be more expensive though.


General advice


There will be many more last minute panic shoppers such as yourself, so stations in and around central London will most likely be rather busy. Allow plenty of time and top up your Oyster card online to avoid queues.


Go to tfl.gov.uk for the full breakdown of services.

For more up-to-date info on tube, DLR and London Overground services, follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.

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