- Public transport in London does not run on Christmas Day, and all London attractions are closed.
- Over the Christmas and New Year period, public transport to and around London is reduced, so plan your journey in advance.
- Central London is extremely busy on New Year's Eve, and public transport is limited on New Year's Day.
Christmas transport and travel
Is public transport in London running over Christmas?
On Christmas Day, public transport in London, including buses, trams, London Underground and London Overground trains, do not operate. A reduced public transport service runs on Boxing Day.
Some taxis are available, but fares increase on Christmas and Boxing Day. Check details before travelling and book in advance to avoid extended waits.
Make sure to check the Transport for London (TfL) website before travelling for the latest Christmas travel information.
Are there train services to London over Christmas?
Engineering works affect train journeys into and out of London and around the UK over the Christmas and New Year period.
Very few train services run on Boxing Day, except for some airport transfer services.
Take a look at the National Rail website before travelling to check the latest travel information.
London on Christmas Day
Most businesses and attractions close on Christmas Day in London, and many close from 24 to 26 December, as well as on 1 January. Make sure to check before you travel.
There are still plenty of things to do on Christmas Day in London, including seeing top London landmarks on a Christmas Day tour, enjoying a Christmas Day walk in a park, looking at London’s beautiful Christmas lights and cheering on the swimmers racing for the Peter Pan Cup in Hyde Park.
Hotels and restaurants on Christmas Day
Most London hotels are open at Christmas, and some hotel restaurants offer Christmas dining on 25 December.
Boxing Day and January sales in London
Activity returns to London on Boxing Day (26 December). The January sales start in many London shops, and public transport resumes with a limited service.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in London
Central London is very busy on New Year's Eve.
Last year, there was no free travel on the TfL network on New Year's Eve. However, special services usually run through the night so you can make the most of all the amazing events and activities in London.
Public transport is limited on New Year’s Day, so check Transport for London’s website for details and make sure you plan your journey in advance over the New Year period.
Visit the National Rail website for information about train services.