As is now traditional, travel on much of the public transport in London will be free of charge overnight on New Year’s Eve.

TfL has confirmed that the free travel offer — for those who pay per trip — will run from 11:45pm on New Year’s Eve through to 4:30am on New Years Day.

On the London Underground

They are running a special all-night service on most lines:

  • No Piccadilly line service between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge
  • On most lines, trains will run every 2-8 minutes in central London and every 5-15 minutes in outer areas and on branches until 04:30 on New Year’s Day
  • The Waterloo & City line will run every 3-10 minutes until about 02:30
  • Services are not as frequent on some sections of the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines.

The following Tube stations will be closed or exit-only:

  • Blackfriars station – between 23:30 until 04:30, open for Tube services only (National Rail trains will not stop)
  • Chalk Farm – closed from 22:00
  • Charing Cross – closed from 19:00
  • Covent Garden – exit only from 19:00
  • Embankment – closed from 23:30 until 00:15
  • Lambeth North – closed from 23:30
  • Leicester Square – exit only from 20:00, closed from 23:30
  • Piccadilly Circus – closed from 23:30
  • Southwark – exit only from 23:45
  • St Paul’s – exit only from 23:45
  • Westminster – interchange only from 21:30

On the Overground:

  • Special all-night service between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate (trains run about every 15 minutes)
  • Special service between Willesden Junction and Stratford (trains run about 15 minutes until 02:30)
  • Special service between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town (not stopping at Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath, London Fields or Hackney Downs) every 30 minutes until 02:30

On TfL Rail

  • No service between Liverpool Street and Romford
  • Trains run about every 15 minutes between Romford and Shenfield all day and overnight
  • Trains will not stop at Heathrow Terminal 4 after midnight
  • Trains run between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington, not stopping at Acton Main Line, about every 30 minutes until 00:30, then about every 30 minutes until 04:30 when a normal weekday service runs

On the DLR

  • Trains run every 15 minutes on all routes from 00:30 until 08:00

On the Trams

  • There is a special all-night service every 30 minutes between Wimbledon and Beckenham Junction / New Addington

On the buses

From 19:30, buses will operate from hub locations:

  • Elephant & Castle – for south-east, south-west and south London
  • Holborn – for east and north-east London
  • Oxford Circus – for east, west and north-west London
  • Tottenham Court Road – for north and north-east London
  • Green Park – for west and south-west London
  • Victoria – for south, south-west and north-west London

These services are running all night:

Whole route: 51, 56, 97, 109, 115, 118, 161, 248, 333, 358, 414, 415, 422, 432 and 476

Part of route: 45, 174, 185, 388

Full details for the NYE travel from TfL’s website here.

National Rail operators

The national rail operators do not participate in TfL’s free travel deal.

Chiltern Railways

An amended Saturday timetable will operate, with additional after-midnight services from London.

C2C

Half-hourly service with last trains from Fenchurch Street at 1:24am.

East Midlands Trains

Trains from London St Pancras International will terminate at Bedford. Last train leaves at 22:30.

Greater Anglia

The last train from London Liverpool Street is 22.33 to Norwich, 23.38 to Ipswich, 00.48 to Colchester, 00.58 to Southend Victoria all using the rail replacement service via the Central line and bus from Newbury Park to Ingatestone – and 23.28 to Cambridge.

GWR

No trains overnight from Paddington until 6:30am.

LNER

Services will start to wind down from 16:00 on New Years’ Eve, and trains stopping completely by around 20:30.

London Northwestern Railway

Half-hourly service with last trains from Euston at 1:34am.

Southeastern

A Saturday timetable will operate with some additional trains in the morning and evening peak periods.

They’ll be running extra trains on many routes during the night to help you get home from the festivities.

Southern

  • An amended timetable will operate
  • No trains between London Victoria and Clapham Junction with trains diverting to/from London Bridge
  • No Southern service between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes
  • Additional late night services running from London Bridge to East Croydon via Selhurst

SouthWesternRailway

Extra trains will run on the following routes during the early hours of New Year’s Day for those travelling home from the New Year celebrations in Central London.

  • London Waterloo to Kingston via Richmond and Twickenham
  • London Waterloo to Kingston via Wimbledon
  • London Waterloo to Guildford via Woking
  • London Waterloo to Basingstoke

Some extra longer-distance services will also run.

Some services which normally leave London Waterloo just after midnight will be delayed to provide services for those returning from the New Year celebrations.

Stanstead Express

Last train at 23:58.

Thameslink

Additional services will run from Farringdon to Sutton / St Albans City between 00:40 and 04:40 on Tuesday morning.

Virgin Trains

Services will start to wind down from 16:00 on New Years’ Eve, and trains stopping completely by around 20:00.

Always check railway timetables for the latest information about last trains.

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2 comments on “Free travel on London Transport this New Year’s Eve
  1. Melvyn says:

    I notice that the Waterloo and City Line will operate until 2.30 raising the question as to whether the new Bloomberg Building entrance to Bank Station giving escalators and lift access will remain open later ?

    It seems sections of the Overground beyond the East London Line will have a service perhaps indicating where Night Overground might spread to in the future.

    As for buses the above fails to mention if weekend night services will operate and the list of routes seems much smaller as I remember that both the 73 and N73 used to operate on New Year but is not listed above.

  2. Andrew Gwilt says:

    London will be very packed this Nee Years Eve.

    A new year with new trains coming in 2019 and beyond especially on London Overground where Class 710 trains are scheduled to start service some stage in 2019.

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