London Gets On The Night Train

12 September 2016

Making moves to cement its reputation as a true 24-hour metropolis, London is now all aboard the Night Tube. Where it would once take late-night revellers up to three different night buses, an Uber or a pricey Black Cab to get home after a night out in London Town, the new Night Tube transport option will make it easier for locals and visitors to get to bed faster at a (somewhat) reasonable hour with extended access to 144 stations on the underground network.

Mind the gap notice in the London Underground Mind the gap. (Image: Getty)

After a two-year delay since the 24-hour service was announced, the Night Tube officially started services on Friday, August 19. Operating two lines – Central and Victoria – initially, the 24-hour service will run on Fridays and Saturdays. The Central line will have a reduced service between Ealing Broadway and Loughton/Hainault with trains running between 10 to 20 minutes, while the entire Victoria line will stay open with services every 10 minutes.

Previously, last trains would run between 11:30pm to 1am daily except Sundays, when services would finish 30 minutes to an hour earlier. And the only all-night public transport option was the night bus, most of which run 24/7.

Both the Central and Victoria lines run through the popular stop of Oxford Circus (perfect for shopping or getting to London’s West End), with the Victoria line offering access to and from the nightlife hub of Brixton, and the Central line to Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd’s Bush and Tottenham Court Road stations.


More info about getting around in London:

Tubes, buses and bikes. The Best Ways To Explore London

Get off the tourist path. Alt London


A busy tube station on the London Underground Going underground. (Image: Getty)

By autumn 2016, the Night Tube will extend to the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern lines, with plans to add the remaining lines at a later date. For the 24-hour Friday and Saturdays services, the Piccadilly line is slated to run every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5 stations – handy for arrivals and departures, while the entire Jubilee line will be open, with trains to run every 10 minutes. The Northern line will run on average every eight minutes from Morden to Camden Town and every 15 minutes from Camden Town to Edgware/High Barnet stations.

Visitors using travelcards will be able to travel on off-peak fares on the Night Tube and Day Travelcards will be valid until 4:29am the next day. Oyster smartcards will have daily capping apply for Night Tube services.

Getting around London:

Visiting London? If you are planning on staying in the capital for a while and using public transport, consider purchasing a Visitor Oyster card instead of a Day Travelcard to save money. A Visitor Oyster card allows you to travel on buses, the tube, trams, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, River Bus and most National Rail services in London. Top-up your Oyster card and travel on cheaper fares (with daily capping) than travelling on single paper tickets or a Day Travelcard. The pre-paid travel smartcard can be purchased before you go from the VisitBritain website – ask your Flight Centre Travel Expert for more details.

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Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to London.

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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.