Our Guide to Using London’s Night Tube Service This Christmas
With the Piccadilly Line set to become a 24-hour tube service today, Vera Mikusch provides all of the details you need to navigate London’s Night Tubes throughout the festive season…
The night tube service for the Piccadilly Line is finally expected to begin today (December 16), less than a month after the launch of its Northern Line counterpart.
Londoners already had a chance to test the night service in the city over the summer, since Central and Victoria Line extended their service hours back in August, but with the addition of these two offerings, all of the main tube lines are now covered.
The Northern Line’s night tube, in particular, has proved revolutionary for locals as well as people from other boroughs, who can now enjoy a relaxed night out in Islington thanks to sizable number of pubs, restaurants and clubs present in the area.
Here are the main details you need to know about how the Night Tube services available in your area operate:
- Trains on the Northern Line run every eight minutes between Morden and Camden Town and every fifteen minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet/Edgware. However, there is no service on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches.
- The night services are charged at the standard off-peak rate or oyster card cap, while other contactless payment methods also apply until 4:29 the next day. But for those who still prefer a quiet bus ride to a noisy train, don’t worry: all current night bus services are running alongside the night tubes.
- To ensure safety during night travels, the British Transport Police has started employing additional officers to patrol stations during the small hours.
For those planning to spend Christmas Eve out and about, however, remember that no night services are expected to run on that day. Luckily, if you’re planning on spending the last minutes of 2016 in Piccadilly Circus with your friends on New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy as many free rides as you need between 23:45 and 4:30.
Keep all of this key information in mind and you’ll now be more than ready to travel in London over Christmas. Be sure to enjoy your nights out and the festive break as a whole!