Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

London's innovative, driverless Docklands Light Railway (DLR) serves parts of east and south-east London.  
A DLR train pulls into Canary Wharf station in London on a sunny day
A DLR train arrives at London's Canary Wharf station. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
  • The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is a driverless train line connected to the London Tube network. 

  • You can pay for your journey with Oyster cards, Visitor Oyster cards or contactless payment.

  • The DLR connects to the Emirates Air Line cable car and London City Airport. 

  • Access parts of east London and the Docklands area on the DLR.

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is a driverless train network that serves parts of east and south-east London.

These trains have interchanges with the London Underground at some major Tube stations, including Bank, Tower Gateway (Tower Hill) and Canary Wharf.

Where does the DLR go?

The DLR serves the Docklands, Beckton, Stratford and London City Airport in east and north-east London, as well as Greenwich and Lewisham in south London.

The DLR connects with London's cable car, the Emirates Air Line, at Royal Victoria station.

Plan your trip on the DLR with a downloadable London Underground map on our free London travel maps page. 

The first DLR trains start around 5.30am and end around 12.30am from Monday to Saturday. Sunday services start later and finish earlier, usually beginning around 7am and ending around 11.30pm.

Check the Transport for London website for specific timings to help you plan your journey.

How much does the DLR cost?

DLR fares are the same as the Tube. You can pay for the DLR with a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card or Travelcard, as well as contactless payment cards. 

For contactless payment cards issued outside the UK, check with your bank to see whether transaction fees or bank charges apply.

Is the DLR accessible?

All DLR stations have lift or ramp access to the platforms, with level access onto the trains.

Platforms are as level with trains as possible for easy access. The gap between the platform edge and the train is approximately 7.5cm wide, and the step from the platform to the train is approximately 5cm high. 

For more information, see TfL's information about transport accessibility.

Read more on Accessible London for further information about accessible attractions, accommodation and transport around the capital.