Sunday may still be the day of rest, but plenty of us will still need to use public transport to get somewhere – whether you’re having a family outing, visiting friends or loved ones, or get to work if you work weekends.
Most trains and buses in London operate to a different timetable on Sundays – services may not be as frequent as during the week, or arrive at different times – and they’ll probably stop running earlier than usual also.
And while it’s not as common as it once was, some stations may be closed altogether on Sundays – often due to a lack of passengers which mean it’s not economically viable to open them on that day.
If that’s the case you’ll need to make alternative arrangements if you do need to get somewhere and your nearest station is shut.
But which train stations in London are closed on Sundays – and where can you travel from instead?
Which London train stations are closed on Sundays?
The following stations are as a rule closed on Sundays:
Birkbeck station, near Bromley, is usually served by Southern Railway, but the station is not open on Sundays.
The nearest alternative is Anerley, which is on the Overground and around a 15-20 minute walk away, or you can get the bus instead: the 354 from Maple Street to Bromley North and the 356 from Sydenam Hill to Wickham Road both stop at the station.
Bromley North/Sundridge Park
Bromley North and Sundridge Park are next to one another on the Southeastern network, and both are closed on Sundays
Bromley South station is an alternative option to both of these, being around a nine-minute walk from Sundridge Park and an 11-minute walk from Bromley North.
Alternatively the 336 bus stops at Bromley South station, while the 314 stops at Sundridge Park.
City Thameslink, on Ludgate Hill, is located in London’s financial district, and is on the Thameslink route between Bedford and Brighton.
While it’s closed on Sundays, there are plenty of alternative options – the station is located very close to Blackfriars, also on Thameslink as well as the Circle and District Lines.
Or you can use Farringdon, which is the next stop in the other direction and as well as Thameslink is on the Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan lines, as well as the Elizabeth Line.
Meanwhile St Paul’s station, on the Central Line, is around a seven-minute walk away.
Sudbury Hill Harrow/Sudbury and Harrow Road
Both of these stations are close to each other in north-west london, and both are on Chiltern Railways – and both are closed on Sundays.
Fortunately there are alternatives nearby – with Sudbury Hill station, on the Piccadilly Line, a two minute walk away from Sudbury Hill Harrow.
Sudbury and Harrow Road, meanwhile, is a seven minute walk from Sudbury Town tube, also on the Piccadilly Line.
If you need to get a Chiltern Railways train, hop on the 92 bus which stops at Sudbury and Harrow Road and Sudbury Hill stations, and head towards Wembley Stadium where you can pick up the Chilterns line.
Drayton Green station, in West London, is on the GWR line and once again is not open on Sundays – in fact, it’s reported to be the least-used station in London with fewer than 11,000 passengers between April 2021 and March 2022, and just two trains an hour stopping from Monday to Saturday.
With the nearest station, West Ealing, a 17-minute walk away, your best bet is to hop on either the E1 or E11 bus to Ealing Broadway, where you can pick up either a Central, District or Elizabeth Line train. The E11 also stops at West Ealing station.
Castle Bar Park
Castle Bar Park station, on the GWR line, is also in West London – and with the nearest alternative station being Drayton Green this one could get complicated, with both being shut on Sundays.
Your best bet with this one is to jump on the E11 bus to West Ealing, and you can pick it up from outside the station itself.
Another GWR station in the Ealing vicinity, South Greenford’s closure on a Sunday might prove tricky if you do need to travel from there.
If you’re travelling from there you’ll need to pick up the 95 towards Southall Town Hall, go two stops to Cowgate Road, walk to the stop going in the opposite direction and get the 105 or the E6 to Greenford, on the Central Line.
Things to remember
While most other stations across all services in London are open on Sundays, trans may be less frequent, and services may start later and finish earlier, with last trains generally between 11.30pm and midnight (although some local services may run later).
The Overground also ends earlier on a Sunday with most trains reaching their final destination around midnight.
It’s also worth noting that while the Tube, the Overground and the Elizabeth Line are generally open on Sundays, some stations and stretches of line may temporarily close to carry out engineering works – as these are usually done at weekends.
If you’re planning a journey on a Sunday, check the Transport for London website before setting out to confirm that the service is running normally – and you can also check the timetable on there for the first and last service if you are going to be out late.
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