13 April 2023

The TCS London Marathon 2023 takes place on Sunday 23 April. 

The iconic run starts at Blackheath and, for the lucky ones who make it through the 26 miles, ends on The Mall leading up to Buckingham Palace. 

It’s the 43rd annual edition of the TCS London Marathon. Runners will assemble near Greenwich Park (nearest stations are Blackheath, Maze Hill and Greenwich) from the early morning.

Is travel free for marathon runners?

Most operators in London will charge the usual fare on the day. However, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Southeastern and TfL London Underground (tube) / bus services are free for runners making their way to the start line. Please show your race bib to transport staff.

How else can I travel to the marathon start line? 

Thames Clippers river bus also runs every 20 minutes from central London to Greenwich.

For spectators and those cheering on friends, colleagues and loved ones the best bet is to plan ahead using journey planners from National Rail or Transport for London (TfL).

Are there any engineering works?

There are some planned engineering works taking place on the day of the race. The Piccadilly line from Action Town to Uxbridge will be closed.

Are there rail, bus or tube strikes taking place?

There is no planned strike action in London this year which should make travel easier for runners and spectators. However, visitors are advised to leave lots of time to travel between spectator points along the line of the route. Road closures and service intervals may mean spectators need to take detours or wait to continue their journeys.

Are there any toilets on the London Marathon route?

According to the TCS London Marathon guide, toilets are available at the start and from every mile thereafter up until near the finish. Accessible toilets are available at the start, finish, miles 1 and 2 and every even mile thereafter – miles 4, 6, 8 … until mile 24.

Good luck to everyone who is running the London Marathon this year!

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