Where and how to use Wi-Fi, 4G, and 5G on the London Underground

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  • June 6, 2023
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one are the days when you couldn’t get a signal on the Tube. Now, you can easily get online at every station and even in some tunnels across the London Underground.

And the north of London has been included — with Camden Town Tube station the latest addition to the Underground network’s 4G and 5G mobile coverage.

Transport for London (TfL) says Camden Town is the newest station to benefit from the coverage and said Mornington Crescent station will be next, “within the next fortnight”, while coverage within the tunnels between Kentish Town, Camden Town, and Mornington Crescent stations will become available “in the coming months”.

TfL are aiming to bring high-speed mobile coverage to the entire Tube network, as well as the Elizabeth Line, by the end of 2024.

With wi-fi and mobile data coverage, you can make WhatsApp calls, send iMessages, and play games and more during your journey. By 2024, Transport for London (TfL) is promising full mobile and internet connectivity across the entire Tube.

For now, these are the places you can get wi-fi, 4G, and 5G, as well as tips on how to use the service.

Is the London Underground fully connected to online networks?

TfL has been rolling out underground connectivity since 2012, when wi-fi was first switched on before the London Olympics.

Since then, coverage has been expanded to all Tube stations; almost all London Overground stations, barring Emerson Park and Haggerston; Elizabeth Line stations in central London, including Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road, Woolwich, Canary Wharf, Paddington, Whitechapel, Custom House, Bond Street, and Liverpool Street, and Victoria Coach station.

TfL has set a 2024 deadline for full mobile phone coverage on the London Underground

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More recently, 4G and 5G coverage has gradually been activated in tunnels since 2020 on parts of the Jubilee, Central, and Northern lines.

On the Jubilee line, travellers can connect to 4G on their mobiles in eight stations and connecting tunnels, from Westminster to Canning Town.

You can also access 4G and 5G mobile coverage on the Central Line between Holland Park and Queensway. The Northern line received mobile data connectivity in Camden Town this week, and it is already in place between Archway and Kentish Town, in ticket halls and platforms, as well as in tunnels between stations.

How to connect to Wi-Fi, 4G, and 5G on the Tube

You can use wi-fi or mobile data on the Tube at no extra cost by connecting to your provider’s service.

The current wi-fi network providers on the Tube include EE, Vodafone, Three, O2 (Wifi Extra), and The Cloud (on London Overground). While 4G and 5G is available from Three, EE, Vodafone, and Virgin Media O2.

Getting online is simple: In most cases, your phone should automatically connect to wireless internet at stations, and switch to 4G or 5G in tunnels between stops — the same way it does when you’re out and about.

If for some reason you can’t get online, you can manually choose a provider within your phone settings under wi-fi or mobile networks, or under similar settings.