Travelling on London’s trains

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Train stations

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London train stations

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How often do the trains run?

The London Underground typically operates from 5 AM to 00.30 AM (Mon-Sat), and 7 AM to 11.30 PM (Sun). The Docklands Light Railway runs from 5.30 AM to 00.30 AM (Mon-Sat), and 7 AM to 11.30 PM (Sun).

The long-awaited 24-hour service was supposed to start in September 2015, but only on Fridays and Saturdays, and only on the Jubilee, Piccadilly, Victoria, and most of the Central and Northern lines. (We are still waiting!)

How to read the tube map

Each underground line has its own special colour, which is shown below.

Colours of the London underground lines

The coloured lines can be seen on the tube map, which you will find pasted up at every station. Here is a part of it.

Section of the London Underground map

Stations which only serve one line are shown by a little stub protruding from the coloured line. For example, Covent Garden, which only serves the Piccadilly (dark blue) line.

Stations which serve two or more lines are said to be interchanges, and are shown by a large white circle. For example, Blackfriars, which serves the Circle (yellow) and District (dark green) lines.

Stations which also serve mainline (above-ground) trains are accompanied by a little red rail symbol. For example, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.

What are the fares?

Adult and child train fares - 2015

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London train timetables

You can print off paper timetables at

You can also get paper timetables at a Travel Information Centre. There are six of them in London: Euston station, King’s Cross station, Liverpool Street station, Piccadilly Circus station, Victoria station and Heathrow airport.

Tips for train travel

Always stand on the right-hand side of escalators. The left-hand side is reserved for people who want to walk up the escalator.

Barrier at a London train station

When entering or exiting the platform, you won’t be able to use every single ticket barrier… only the ones with green or yellow arrows on. If a lane has a red or yellow cross on it, then it won’t accept your ticket.

If you’re carrying bulky items and can’t fit through the barrier, look for an extra wide gate to the side. If there are none, just show your ticket to the member of staff, who will let you through a side gate.

Got any questions?

If you’ve got any questions about using the London underground, then we are happy to try and answer them in our London chat forum:

> Talk about the London underground 

  • Admin – “If you've got any questions about , then this is the place to do it.Write your question down here, and we will do our best to answer it.”
  •  Guest – “Hello.I am staying at a hotel in Waterloo shortly, I aim to visit Madame Tussauds (using the Baker Street station) and come back in the evening.Using the underground it states the price is £4.80 per adult for zone 1.Is that a return or one way?Also if i decide to visit Oxford Street from Baker Street for dinner, do I need a separate ticket or is the initial £4.80 for zone one reusable as many times as I want in one day and within that zone?Thank You”
  • Admin – “They don't have return fares these days, you just pay for two singles. That £4.80 is a one-way fare. If you get off halfway through the journey to see Oxford street then you'll have to pay another fare when you get back on. (Oxford street isn't a million miles away from Madame Tussaud's, so you could just walk it)If you have a contactless bank card, and use that for each journey, then the most you'll pay all day is the 'daily cap'. Once you reach that it won't charge you for any more journeys.Oyster cards charge in a similar way, but it's less hassle with your bank card”

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