Public Transport Updates on Christmas Day

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Dec 24th to Jan 2nd

Buses, Trams, Trains, Tube, River Boat and Private Hire Vehicles

The public transport system in London goes into hibernation during the Christmas season. This makes getting around the crowded city more difficult. Taxis and licensed minicabs are the only readily available option to travel on Christmas day and Christmas Eve. Taxi rates may be higher than usual. Parking might be a very difficult task in the crowded city thus leaving you with no option. Another spoilsport that can disrupt the transport is the weather. Some people choose to use their bicycles to avoid the traffic and parking difficulty. Public transport would be taking a break for almost 9 days starting from December 24th to January 2nd.


Buses will operate as per the Saturday timetable but there will not be any night buses or early day buses. All night bus zones will also be served only until midnight. Special fares are applicable to the few services available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Trams in London will also operate according to the Saturday timetable. All services on Lines 1, 2 and 3 will have trams running at a frequency of 20-25 minutes.

River Boat

There will be no services on both the 24th and 25th of December.


On Christmas Eve the Tube will operate as per the Saturday schedule until 7 PM after which the services may be less frequent. The last train will be based on Sunday time table. On Christmas day there will be no tube services.

Docklands Light Railway

Trains will be replaced by buses on Christmas Eve and will run between Tower Gateway and West India Quay. All other routes will operate a Saturday service with the last trains at Sunday Times. All stations will be closed on Christmas Day.

Victoria Coach Station

Reduced services will be witnessed on Christmas Eve with the last departure around midday. To travel during this festive season, advance booking is highly recommended.

Airport Transfers

If you have to catch a flight on Christmas Eve or on Christmas day it is recommended you book your taxi transfer earlier. The London General 847 operates between Heathrow and Gatwick airport. The Oxford Tube will operate a service between Oxford and Victoria Station until 7 PM and will be calling at the Heathrow Airport bus station.

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