Travel information for TfL services over the festive period

04 December 2009
"Unless you're going by bike, public transport will without doubt be the best way to travel"

Unless you're going by bike, public transport will without doubt be the best way to travel

The Festive Travel Guide has been published today by the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL). 

The guide has full details of Tube, London Buses, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Tramlink, London Overground and Riverboat services as well as the operation of the Congestion Charge throughout the entire festive period, from Thursday, 24 December 2009, to Friday, 1 January 2010.
Londoners and visitors travelling in the Capital over this period are advised to check before they travel as there will be some changes to normal services.
There will be free travel, sponsored by ING Direct, on the Tube, DLR, buses and trams on New Year's Eve from 23:45 until 4:30.
Passengers wishing to travel by coach to or from Victoria Coach Station are strongly advised to book in advance, particularly those who intend to travel on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve a Saturday service will operate on the Underground until 19:00, and less frequently for the rest of the evening.

Last trains will run at Sunday times.

There will be a Saturday service on the bus network with some exceptions.

There will be no Night buses and, on 24 hour routes, buses will operate until just after midnight.
On the DLR, a special service will operate from about 5:30, with last trains about 23:30.

Buses will replace DLR services between Bank/Tower Gateway and West India Quay/Poplar.

DLR services will operate on all remaining routes.
On the London Overground network, a weekday service will operate, with reduced services from early evening with last trains departing around 21:00.
On London Tramlink, a Saturday service will operate and there will be a limited number of Riverboat services.

Coach operators will run a reduced UK service from Victoria Coach Station with the last international departures leaving mid-morning.

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, there will be no service on the Tube, bus, DLR, Overground and tram networks, no services from Victoria Coach Station, and no service on all but one Riverboat route.  

New Year's Eve

Wherever you are bringing in the New Year across the Capital, you should plan your journey carefully and take advantage of free travel on public transport.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: 'London will herald the start of 2010 with a bang - with a spectacular fireworks display at the London Eye.

'Countless celebrations will take place all across the city, with many thousands of Londoners and visitors making the most of our unrivalled selection of bars, restaurants and hotels.

'Unless you're going by bike, public transport will without doubt be the best way to travel.

'There will be services across London throughout the night and, because we want everyone to be able to get home safely, we are making travel free.'
There will be free travel on New Year's Eve from 23:45 until 4:30 on the Tube, DLR, buses and trams sponsored by ING Direct.

London Overground services will not run through the night.

After 23:45 the minimal services running on the Euston to Watford branch will be free, but will finish at 1:25.

For details of these services see London Overground publicity, visit or call 020 7222 1234.
Tube, DLR, Tramlink and selected National Rail services will run all night on New Year's Eve.
Bank DLR platforms will be closed.
Night and 24-hour bus routes will run as normal outside central London.

But there will be a reduction in bus services leaving central London from about 19:00 to about 3:00 because of road closures.
However, bus services on the night will be enhanced with an extra 55 bus routes that normally only run during the day.

They will operate a 24-hour service to link with late night rail and Underground services, and provide all night connections for people in outer London. 

There will be a reduced number of UK coaches departing from Victoria Coach Station, with the last coaches departing about 20:00. 

Congestion Charge

From Friday, 25 December until Friday, 1 January inclusive, motorists will not have to pay the Congestion Charge.

Congestion charging will be in operation as usual from Monday, 4 January, 2010.
The Festive Travel Guide, with full details of services running over Christmas and the New Year, is available online and on leaflet racks across the TfL network, from Friday, 4 December.

Notes to editors:

London Underground (LU) is undertaking a major programme of renewal as part of TfL's Investment Programme.

This will inevitably result in some disruption for passengers, but TfL is working hard to provide information and alternative travel options. 

The work is essential to provide for London's growing transport needs now, and into the future. 

Tube Lines is responsible for the maintenance and renewal of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Passengers are advised to check before travelling via the following options:

  • The TfL website using Journey Planner, or text TfL to 60835. Charged at the network operator's standard rate
  • TfL's Festive Travel Guide 
  • Information on posters, leaflets and 'Good Service' boards at Tube stations
  • The London Travel Information 24-hour telephone helpline on 020 7222 1234
  • TfL's suite of Travel Tools
  • Dial-a-Ride will be operating over Christmas and New Year and all members have been sent leaflets. For queries about booking arrangements over this period please contact the Reservations Contact Centre on 0845 999 1 999