London's Underground Lines: What You Need to Know

Twelve Different Colors

••• © Marion Boddy-Evans

The London Underground has eleven color-coded lines. It may seem confusing when you first try to find your way but with practice, it can be quite straightforward. Pick up your free tube map at any station, or visitor information office.

There are tube operates from approximately 05:00 to 00:30 on most lines (07:30 to 22:30 on Sundays). Services are frequent, especially in central London. Most major attractions are within walking distance of a Tube station.

Trains can be busy in peak hours and visitors find it easier and cheaper to travel after 09:30 (Monday to Friday).

The network is divided into nine zones with Zone 1 being the central area.

Be aware, as the transport system is old, it needs maintenance and this results in regular Weekend Engineering Works.

Below is a list of the tube lines, their colors, where they start and finish, plus useful interim stops.

  • Bakerloo Line (Brown)
    FROM: Harrow & Wealdstone
    TO: Elephant & Castle
    USEFUL STOPS:
    • Edgware Road
    • Oxford Circus
    • Piccadilly Circus
    • Waterloo
  • Central Line (Red)
    FROM: Hillingdon
    TO: Epping
    USEFUL STOPS:
    • Shepherd's Bush
    • Notting Hill Gate
    • Marble Arch
    • Oxford Circus
    • Tottenham Court Road
  • Circle Line (Yellow)
    (From Dec 2009 it stopped being just a circle and had an extension added on the west side.)
    USEFUL STOPS:
    • Paddington
    • Baker Street
    • Liverpool Street
    • Tower Hill
    • Embankment
    • Victoria
    • Notting Hill Gate
    • Hammersmith (end of the extension)
    • District Line (Green)
      FROM:
      • Ealing Broadway
      • Richmond
      • Wimbledon
      TO:
      • Upminster
      • Edgware Road
      USEFUL STOPS:
      • Paddington
      • Notting Hill Gate
    • Hammersmith & City Line (Pink)
      FROM: Hammersmith
      TO: Barking
      USEFUL STOPS:
      • Paddington
      • King's Cross St. Pancras
      • Liverpool Street
    • Jubilee Line (Silver)
      FROM: Stanmore
      TO: Stratford
      USEFUL STOPS:
      • Westminster
      • Waterloo
      • London Bridge
      • Metropolitan Line (Purple)
        FROM:
        • Amersham
        • Chesham
        • Watford
        • Hillingdon
        TO:Aldgate
        USEFUL STOPS:
        • King's Cross St. Pancras
        • Liverpool Street
      • Northern Line (Black)
        FROM:
        • High Barnet
        • Mill Hill East
        • Edgware
        TO: Modern
        USEFUL STOPS:
        • Camden Town
        • Euston
        • Kings Cross St. Pancras
        • London Bridge
        • Tottenham Court Road
        • Waterloo
      • Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue)
        FROM:
        • Heathrow
        • Uxbridge
        TO: Cockfosters
        USEFUL STOPS:
        • Knightsbridge
        • Piccadilly Circus
        • Leicester Square
        • King's Cross St. Pancras
      • Victoria Line (Light Blue)
        FROM: Walthamstow Central
        TO: Brixton
        USEFUL STOPS:
        • King's Cross St. Pancras
        • Oxford Circus
        • Victoria
      • Waterloo & City Line (Pale Blue)
        FROM: Waterloo
        TO: Bank
        (No other stops.)