The Tube Will Be Free On New Year's Eve Again

By Holly Brockwell on at

It's almost that time again: pet-terrifying fireworks, insanely overpriced drinks and an overloaded mobile network. That's right, it's the magic that is New Year's Eve!

This year, as in previous years, TfL has confirmed that there'll be free travel on the tube and buses for Londoners between 11.45pm on NYE and 4.30am on New Year's Day. Why you'd be on the tube at 11.45 is a mystery to us, though -- you went out for NYE but decided to skip off home 15 minutes before the important bit?!

If you're planning on heading out and don't fancy paying whatever the Uber surge charge will inevitably reach, it's important to know the details, because not every line and station will be operating as normal.

For instance:


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

  • No Piccadilly line service between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge
  • First trains will be at weekday times
  • 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.

There are more details on TfL's NYE page, including which stations will be closed or exit-only, and how to get around on the Overground.

The free service is usually sponsored by someone, who then gets to plaster the big stations with their logo and make a big hairy deal of being mega-generous. But if there's a sponsor this year, it's not named on TfL's page. We'll assume they decided to send the money to the NHS instead. [Evening Standard]

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