Bad news for commuters and tourists alike, a 48-hour strike is due to take place on the London Underground this weekend.

The industrial action, headed by rail union RMT, is due to start at 9pm on Saturday (February 6), ending on Monday (February 8). Staff say they intend to strike over station modernisation plans and ticket office closures.

Transport for London have not yet revealed which services will be suspended, with some stations possibly not opening at all on Sunday or Monday.

Rail union RMT also announced on Friday (February 5) that there will be an extra series of seven strike actions on the Tube network until June over disputes about safety issues.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about 48-hour Underground walkout

Other planned industrial action, initially due to take place on February 15 and 17, has been suspended as the row over the introduction of the Night Tube service may be coming to an end.

And while this is all very complicated to follow, the long and short of it is, a lot of Londoners are going to find it very hard to get around the capital with limited Tube trains running, so we've put together a list of ways you can get around WITHOUT the underground.

If you need to get around London during the strikes, here are all of the alternative travel options you can use:

This map shows you how long it takes to walk from London tube stops

Take the bus

Though buses will be busy, as well as heavy levels of traffic on the roads due to the strikes, they are still a quick and affordable way to get around the capital.

Customers able to change their travel time are strongly advised to travel outside peak hours during the strikes. If that's not possible, please allow more time for your journey.

Buses do not accept cash. Please use your contactless debit or credit card or Oyster.

For more information on bus routes, maps, and timetables, see here.


Walking is a great alternative method of transportation to work; many places in central London are deceptively close, and it doesn't take long on foot to get to many major London locations.

As an example, Waterloo Station to London Bridge is only a 25-minute walk (data from Google Maps), where it would be a 10-minute Tube ride.


Cycling to work is quicker than walking, and healthy too!

If you don't own your own bike, Boris Bikes can be hired quite cheaply and rented from checkpoints all over London.

The prices are: £2 to access the bikes for 24-hour bike access, and the first 30 minutes of each journey is free; longer journeys cost £2 for each extra 30 minutes.

As an example, Waterloo Station to London Bridge is only an 11-minute cycle (data from Google Maps), which would be the same amount of time as a Tube, and at only £2, cheaper as well.

For more information on Boris bikes - also known as Santander Cycles - see here.

Trains and alternative tubes

DLR, London Overground, tram and TfL Rail services will be running as normal - but all of these services are expected to be much busier than usual.

Locals may take the DLR and alternative trains, but should keep in mind that these services may be extremely busy and you may have to stand for long periods. Wheelchair users, pregnant people and the elderly are not advised to use alternative tubes or trains.

Taxis and minicabs

Similar to buses, traffic will be heavy, so a taxi may take longer than if you chose to walk or cycle. A taxi, however, has the benefit of not being heavily congested, so an ideal method of transport if you are travelling with young children or use a wheelchair.

The TfL website has a handy guide for booking a taxi near you in London, so keep an eye out on services, and be sure to never use an unbooked minicab.


The Tramlink (which operates in Wimbledon), will still be running for those who use it.

How the Tube Strikes will affect services

Saturday 6 February : Some Tube stations may close earlier than usual.

Sunday 7 February : Some Tube stations may not open, and others may open later and close earlier than usual. Tube services may start later and finish earlier than usual.

Monday 8 February : Some Tube stations may not open, and others may open later and close earlier than usual.

Tuesday 9 February : A normal service will run.

Proposed Tube Strike Dates

  • Friday (February 12)
  • Sunday March 6
  • Friday March 25
  • Sunday March 27
  • Sunday April 24 (London Marathon date)
  • Sunday May 15
  • Sunday June 12
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