Travelling on London’s trains

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How often do the trains run?

The London Underground and Docklands Light Railway typically operates between 5 AM and 00:30 AM (Monday to Saturday), and from 7 AM to 11:30 PM (Sundays). But the times will differ depending on the date, and which line you’re using.

You shouldn’t have to wait too long for a train during the day. They typically run every 5-10 minutes in central London, and every 2-5 minutes during peak time. The frequency slows down late at night.

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?

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London train timetables

You can print off paper timetables at tfl.gov.uk/travel-information.

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.

Don’t assume that you will get a seat on the tube. During rush hour you will most likely be crushed up cheek-to-cheek with total strangers (no joke!).

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