February 7, 2023

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Santa Claus has his sleigh, but we mortals have to rely on other means of transportation (Photo: Getty)

‘It was the day before Do buses and trains still make their usual rounds around Christmas and around towns?

Whether you’re heading to the pub to meet your friends before Santa comes to visit or you’ve put off your shopping until the very last minute, not everyone can stay home and watch Christmas movies.

So, can you get your usual buses on Christmas Eve?

And what about the ongoing strikes – are there planned strikes today?

Do trains run on Christmas Eve?

Since Christmas Eve is not a public holiday, public transport usually runs quite regularly.

However, they may not have a full schedule and choose to finish earlier or run less often after a certain amount of time.

This year, however, there will be strikes to be reckoned with.

As the strikes continue, members of the railway unions will leave at 6 p.m. on December 24 until 7 a.m. on December 27.

Trainline’s advice this year is to only travel if absolutely necessary on Christmas Eve.

Their website states: ‘We recommend that you travel before noon on Saturday 24 December. Trains will stop running and the network will shut down much earlier than usual.’

“Tickets for December 24 may instead be used on December 21, 22, 23, or through Thursday, December 29, 2022.”

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There are no trains on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but there are a few coaches.

Do buses run on Christmas Eve?

Buses run like trains, but can operate on a limited schedule.

While bus companies outside London will continue to operate normally, but may stop earlier, London buses will strike on Christmas Eve.

The Abellio London bus strike in December will take place on 24, 27 and 31 December and will mainly affect buses in South and West London. Striking workers will be from depots in Battersea, Beddington, Hayes, Southall, Twickenham and Walworth.

Bus drivers on strike

More strikes could put your Christmas Eve plans on hold (Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

These are the 59 affected routes:

3, 24, 27, 45, 63, 68, 109, 111, 130, 156, 159, 195, 196, 201, 207, 267, 270, 278, 285, 315, 322, 344, 345, 350, 367, 381, 407, 415, 427, 433, 464, 482, 490, 671, 969, C10, E5, E7, E10, E11, H20, H25, H26, H28, P5, P13, R68, R70, S4, U5, U7, U9, N3, N27, N63, N68, N109, N207 and N381.

TFL’s website confirms that other bus routes in London will run all day on Sundays and that there will be no night buses.

There are no TFL or Aviva buses on Christmas Day, with many services returning for reduced service from Boxing Day.

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