Elizabeth line in London

Discover everything you need to know about the Elizabeth line in London.
Elizabeth line roundel sign in front of skyscrapers in London on a sunny day.
The Elizabeth line is the latest addition to London's extensive transport network. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
  • The Elizabeth line is open through central London, connecting all the way across the capital from Heathrow Airport and Reading to Shenfield and Abbey Wood.
  • Trains run from 6.30am to 11pm from Monday to Saturday, but central London does not currently have Sunday service on the Elizabeth line.
  • You can use your Oyster or contactless payment card for most journeys on the Elizabeth line.

Where does the Elizabeth line go?

The Elizabeth line runs through central London and goes to Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. To reach stations beyond central London, you’ll need to change at Paddington or Liverpool Street until autumn 2022. After that, the trains will run straight through from end to end.

Bond Street station is not yet open on the Elizabeth line, but Transport for London expects it to be added to the line later in 2022.

What is there to do along the Elizabeth line?

Paddington

Calm waters in the canal reflect the trees and buildings of the Little Venice neighbourhood of London
Stroll the canals of London's Little Venice. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
  • Stroll the charming canals lined with houseboats in the beautiful neighbourhood of Little Venice.
  • Enjoy dinner and a drink al fresco at Pergola Paddington.
  • Pick up a book or your very own Paddington Bear at the Paddington Bear Shop.

Tottenham Court Road

Farringdon

  • Request a song to be played by the live performers at The Piano Works.
  • Admire its unique architecture and check out the films, theatre shows and art galleries on offer at the Barbican.
  • Take a ride through the narrow underground tunnels on Mail Rail and see the interesting exhibits at The Postal Museum.

Liverpool Street

Stratford

Whitechapel

Two women walk down a narrow road past colourful street art in Shoreditch, East London.
See East London's latest street art around Shoreditch. © London and Partners/Jon Reid.

Canary Wharf

  • Learn about London’s shipping and seafaring history at the Museum of London Docklands.
  • Immerse yourself in nature at Crossrail Place Roof Garden.

Woolwich

  • Tap into south-east London's creative pulse at Woolwich Works, a historic building that once housed a fireworks factory, a theatre and the Royal Artillery Band.

When does the Elizabeth line run?

Elizabeth line trains arrive every five minutes (12 trains an hour) from 6.30am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday.

The Elizabeth line section through central London does not have service on Sundays, but a Sunday timetable is set to be introduced at a later date. 

Can I use an Oyster or contactless payment card on the Elizabeth line?

Yes, Oyster cards are accepted for most journeys, except for stations west of West Drayton.

Contactless payment cards are accepted at all stations on the Elizabeth line, or if you use an Oyster card, you can buy a paper ticket if you’re travelling beyond West Drayton.

How much does it cost to travel on the Elizabeth line?

Fares are the same on the Elizabeth line as the rest of the London Underground network and vary by the time you travel (peak and off-peak fares), as well as how many zones you travel through.

Are stations on the Elizabeth line accessible?

Every Elizabeth line station has step-free access between the street and the platform, except for Ilford which is in the process of becoming step-free and is expected to be completed in summer 2022. Free toilets are available at many stations, but some are inside the ticket barriers. Station staff are available for assistance from the first train to the last train.

Find more information about the Elizabeth line on the Transport for London website.