Mayor of London

London Marathon

There will be significant road closures on and around the route of the Marathon. Public transport, walking and cycling will be the best ways to get around the capital and to the events.

However, some stations around the route are expected to be busier than usual, and buses will be on diversion or will finish early due to the road closures.

    If you are using a pay as you go Oyster card, top it up before you travel. A balance of £12 would cover all journeys across Zones 1-6 for the whole day.

    If you have a contactless payment card, you can use it to pay as you go and with daily capping you won't pay more than you need.

    If you don't have either card, you can buy a Day Travelcard.

    See our Fares & Payments section for more information on zones, fares and ticket purchases. 

    We encourage anyone travelling to the Marathon, or around the areas of the event, to check before they travel.

    Find out more about this year's Virgin Money London Marathon.

    Marathon schedule

    • 07:00 - Road closures
    • 09:00 - Elite wheelchair race starts
    • 09:05 - IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships (ambulatory) starts
    • 09:20 - Elite women's race starts
    • 10:10 - Elite men's race starts
    • 10:10 - The mass race starts from Blackheath to Greenwich Park
    • 17:00 - Free participant travel ends on the transport network
    • 19:00 - Roads reopen


    We advise drivers, where possible, to avoid driving in central London and southeast London from 07:00-19:00 on Sunday 26 April.

    There will be full road closures, commencing at 07:00 from Greenwich Park to St James's Park.

    Central and City closures will include all approaches to Upper Thames Street, Tower Hill and Victoria Embankment. Rotherhithe Tunnel, Tower, Southwark and Westminster bridges will also be closed.

    A phased reopening of roads will take place from around midday with all roads expected to be fully reopened by 19:00.

    The London Marathon official website has full details of road closures. For the latest information on how London's roads are operating, check traffic status updates or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.


    Tube services in central areas will be running as normal, but please be aware that there will be no service on the Bakerloo line between Queen's Park and Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday 26 April.

    The following stations, which are all located close to the Marathon route, are likely to be busier than usual:

    • Blackfriars - Circle and District lines
    • Canada Water (renamed Buxton Water station for the day) - Jubilee line
    • Canary Wharf - Jubilee line
    • Charing Cross - Bakerloo and Northern lines; Southeastern trains
    • Embankment - Circle and District lines
    • Green Park - Victoria and Jubilee lines
    • London Bridge - Jubilee and Northern lines; First Capital Connect, Southeastern and Southern trains
    • Mansion House - Circle and District lines
    • St James's Park - Circle and District lines
    • Tower Hill/Tower Gateway - Circle and District lines
    • Temple - Circle and District lines
    • Westminster - Jubilee, Circle and District lines

    For up-to-date information on Tube services follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.

    Individual Tube line Twitter feeds are also available.

    London Overground

    The London Overground has several stations very close to the Marathon starting line:

    • Canada Water (renamed Buxton Water for the day; connect with the Jubilee line)
    • Rotherhithe
    • Shadwell (connect with the DLR)
    • Surrey Quays
    • Wapping

    Trains run every 10 minutes throughout the day.

    It is advisable to avoid these stations between 07:00-11:00 on Sunday 26 April if you are not participating in the race.

    For up-to-date information on London Overground services follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.

    Docklands Light Railway

    Wednesday 22 - Saturday 25 April

    During the Marathon registration period at ExCeL London from Wednesday 22 until Saturday 25 April, large crowds are expected and services will be busier than usual so plan ahead accordingly if you usually use Custom House for ExCeL.

    The Marathon exhibition and registration is open at the following times:

    • Wed 22 Apr, 11:00-20:00
    • Thu 23 Apr, 10:00-20:00
    • Fri 24 Apr, 10:00-20:00
    • Sat 25 Apr, 09:00-17:00

    Registration is likely to be busiest on Friday and Saturday, so you are advised to reconsider travelling to and from Custom House for ExCeL station on these days if you are not involved with the Marathon.

    Sunday 26 April

    Passengers travelling on the DLR should expect changes to routes and frequencies on certain services. On Sunday 26 April, the service between Tower Gateway and Lewisham will start at 05:30.

    If you are travelling between Beckton and Tower Gateway, or Woolwich Arsenal and Bank, you are advised to use an alternative route on Sunday 26 April, as trains from Beckton and Woolwich Arsenal will terminate at Poplar.

    For onward travel to Bank or Tower Gateway, passengers will need to change to a Canary Wharf train at Poplar, and then change to a Bank or Tower Gateway train at Canary Wharf.

    Where possible you may wish to avoid travelling through the DLR stations west of Canning Town which are located on or close to the Marathon route.

    Trains will run between:

    • Tower Gateway and Lewisham
    • Bank and Lewisham
    • Stratford International and Canning Town
    • Beckton and Poplar
    • Woolwich Arsenal and Poplar
    • Stratford and Canary Wharf

    DLR station entry and exit points will change at Tower Gateway, Shadwell, Greenwich and Cutty Sark stations during the Marathon. DLR staff will be on hand to guide you in and out of the station.

    For safety reasons, passengers are asked not to use station platforms and stairs as race viewing points. Keep your children close to you at all times to avoid separation.

    Services will follow a normal Sunday timetable from 17:30 on Sunday 26 April, until the end of service.

    For up-to-date information on DLR services follow @LondonDLR on Twitter.


    This year there are significant changes to the normal travel arrangements for both runners and spectators travelling to the London Marathon on Sunday 26 April.

    This is because of service changes which have been introduced as Network Rail rebuilds London Bridge station as part of the Thameslink Programme.

    Below are some of the key changes to rail stations. For more information and journey planning please check before you travel on the National Rail website.

    London Bridge

    • Platforms 1 and 2 at London Bridge are likely to be very busy on Sunday morning
    • A queuing system will be in place and passengers may not be able to board their first train. Please ensure you allow extra time for your journey
    • You may want to consider going to Cannon Street for Greenwich and Maze Hill stations. Cannon Street rail and Underground stations are now open seven days a week
    • Please visit our London Bridge page for more information

    Runners travelling to Greenwich, Maze Hill and Blackheath

    • Southeastern will be running extra trains to get people to the start lines at Greenwich, Maze Hill and Blackheath
    • There are no trains to or from Charing Cross and Waterloo East to Greenwich and Maze Hill. Trains to these stations go to and from Cannon Street, stopping at London Bridge
    • There are no trains this year from London Bridge to Blackheath. If you need to travel to Blackheath (for the Blue Start), you should travel from Charing Cross, Waterloo East or Victoria stations
    • All Southeastern services to and from Charing Cross and Waterloo East are currently not stopping at London Bridge as a result of works to rebuild the station
    • Visit the Southeastern website for more information about these changes

    Other service changes affecting runners and spectators

    • For those travelling on Thameslink services you should be aware that there are significant improvement works taking place across the route, including. Please visit the Thameslink website for more details
    • Spectators coming into Victoria or Waterloo should be aware there are also changes to some Southern, Gatwick Express and South West Trains services

    If you're travelling to and from London, you are advised to check before you travel and to consider alternative routes to your final destination, or avoid travelling during these busy periods.


    Buses travelling on roads affected by the Marathon will either be diverted or will not run the full length of their route until after the event.

    Bus route diversions from 06:30-19:00 will affect the following routes:
    1, 3, 11, 12, 15, 15H, 24, 25, 29, 42, 47, 51, 53, 54, 78, 87, 88, 89, 91, 96, 99, 100, 108, 115, 122, 129, 132, 148, 159, 161, 177, 178, 180, 188, 199, 202, 211, 225, 244, 277, 286. 291, 341, 343, 344, 380, 381, 386, 422, 453, 469, 472, 486, C10, D3, D6, D7, D8, P12, RV1

    To plan ahead on the day, use bus status updates. For up-to-date information on bus services follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.


    MBNA Thames Clippers will be running special River Bus marathon services on Sunday 26 April from Central London to Greenwich Pier, where it's just a short walk to the start at Blackheath/Greenwich Park.

    For more information on these extra services for the London Marathon, please visit the MBNA Thames Clippers' website.

    Discount for runners
    A third-off discount is available for runners on single journeys to Greenwich when booking online via Thames Clippers. To book your ticket use the code MARATHON15 when you reach the checkout page, then just show your runner's number along with your ticket when you get on board.

    Santander Cycles

    The following Santander Cycles docking stations will be suspended for the London Marathon from 20:00 on Saturday 25 to 20:00 on Sunday 26:

    • Curlew Street, Bermondsey
    • Lower Thames Street, City of London
    • Jubilee Plaza, Tower Hamlets
    • Nesham Street, Tower Hamlets
    • Tower Gardens, Tower Hamlets
    • Embankment (Savoy), Westminster
    • Horse Guards Avenue, Westminster
    • Northumberland Avenue, Westminster
    • Somerset House, Westminster
    • Whitehall Place, Westminster

    Traffic in the event area may make it difficult for cycle hire redistribution vehicles to collect and/or replace bicycles in central London;

    Customers are advised to check availability using the live docking station map and follow @SantanderCycles on Twitter for the latest updates.

    Accessible travel

    London has one of the most accessible transport networks in the world, with a wide range of accessible transport options.

    For up-to-date information on accessibility on the Capital's transport network follow @TfLAccess on Twitter.

    Taxis and private hire

    While taxi (black cab) and private hire (including minicab) services will be operating normally, some journey times could be affected by the road closures in the area.

    Booking information, including phone numbers and email addresses, about minicab and other private hire operators in London is available from TfL's Cabwise service.

    Taxi drivers and private hire drivers and operators can follow @TfLTPH on Twitter for the latest TfL updates.

    Read more information on taxi and private hire services in London.


    If you make or receive deliveries in London on Sunday 26 April, you may be affected by congestion and increased journey times because of road closures.

    Roads will close around 07:00 and reopen when all participants have passed through and it is safe to do so. Those who operate in areas on or near the route should talk to customers and suppliers at the earliest opportunity to consider if there are any changes that could be made to delivery schedules or routes

    If you operate in areas on or near the event you should talk to your customers and suppliers now, to consider if there are changes you need to make to your deliveries or collections. You may wish to consider:

    Find out how other businesses have changed the way they make or receive deliveries during major events in London.


    Often walking is the quickest option during big events in London. It is healthy, free and can often get you from A to B quicker. See maps and more information about walking in London.

    Information for local residents

    Vehicle removals
    If you live on one of the roads on the route, please help by parking your vehicle off the route on the evening of Saturday 25 April.

    Vehicle removals on the whole route will start from 07:00 on Sunday 26 April. Please ensure that your car is parked off the Marathon route prior to this time.

    Vehicle Crossing Points (VCP) for residents and drop-offs
    Residents will be able to cross the route at specific VCPs ahead of the event.

    Once the VCPs are closed, drivers will not be permitted to cross the route. This total closure will remain in force until the Marathon Rear Command vehicle passes or when directed by police traffic officers, whereby drivers will be permitted to cross the route only.

    The reopening of VCPs will be done as soon as it is safe.

    A full list of all the VCPs will be published on the London Marathon website just before the Marathon.

    Event goers

    Friends and relatives supporting runners on Sunday 26 April should pay special attention to the information provided by the event organisers regarding the best viewing points along the Virgin Money London Marathon course and how to get the most out of the race.

    Find out more about attending the Virgin Money London Marathon