Where can I go on the Elizabeth Line from 24 May?

On 24 May the central section of the Elizabeth Line between Paddington and Abbey Wood (the green section) will open to passengers. All stations on the Line will be open except Bond Street, which will open later this year.

Map of Elizabeth line

For now, the three sections of the line are not connected, so you will need to change at Paddington for trains towards Reading or Heathrow; or at Liverpool Street for trains towards Shenfield. The three lines won’t connect together until the Autumn.

TfL Rail services which are already running between Liverpool Street and Shenfield will be rebranded as Elizabeth Line.

When will Elizabeth Line services run and how frequent will they be?

The new service will start with 12 trains an hour (a train every 5 minutes) running between Paddington and Abbey Wood from 6:30am-11pm, Monday to Saturday. Work will continue outside those hours and on Sundays to allow for any testing and software updates needed before higher frequency services start in autumn 2022.

Services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and Paddington to Heathrow and Reading will continue to operate on Sundays with the exception of any planned weekend closures.

How much does it cost to use the Elizabeth Line?

The fares on the central section opening on 24 May will be the same as the fares on London Underground so for example, a single journey from Paddington to Liverpool Street would cost £2.50.

Journeys to Heathrow include a £7.20 ‘Heathrow premium’ compared with the same single journey on the Tube.

Below you can find a table comparing the cost and journey times of using the Elizabeth line from London Paddington to Heathrow Airport against the Tube and the Heathrow Express. As you will see, the Elizabeth Line sits in-between offering both the cheapest fare and the quickest way to the airport.

Paddington to Heathrow single fares and journey times. Tube = £5.50 peak, £3.50 off peak, time 56 mins. Elizabeth Line = £12.70 peak, £10.70 off peak, 26 mins. Heathrow Express = £25.00 peak and off peak, 15 mins.

National Rail fares will apply for journeys outside zone 6 to places like Brentwood, Shenfield or west of West Drayton towards Reading. For example, it will cost £26 on Contactless to travel between Paddington and Reading at peak times and £11.30 off peak.

Contactless Pay as you go will be accepted throughout the Elizabeth Line. Oyster pay as you go and valid Travelcards will also be accepted, but not west of West Drayton.

Daily and weekly price capping on Oyster and Contactless will apply giving people the peace of mind that they are paying the best fare. For example, you won’t pay more than £14.10 a day for journeys in zones 1-6.

What about Freedom Pass holders?

Freedom Pass holders can travel across the entire length of the Elizabeth Line free of charge, even to stations like Iver and Reading that fall outside the London Fare Zones area.

If you have an Older Persons Freedom Pass you can travel for free after 9am on weekdays and from anytime at weekends.

If you have a Disabled Persons Freedom Pass you can travel for free at anytime on both weekdays and at weekends.

How much time can you save using the Elizabeth line compared to alternative routes?

The improved connectivity of the Elizabeth Line means many journeys will now be direct and significantly quicker, in fact some will take less than half the time.

Example of time savings:

  • Abbey Wood to Liverpool Street will take 18 mins rather than 45 mins
  • Abbey Wood to Paddington will take 29 mins rather than 55 mins
  • Woolwich to Custom House will take 4 mins rather than 25 mins
  • Canary Wharf to Liverpool Street will take 7 mins rather than 19 mins
  • Paddington to Liverpool Street will take 11 mins rather than 20 mins

How accessible are Elizabeth Line stations?

Nine of the 10 new Elizabeth Line stations (when fully open) and Heathrow will be fully accessible, with step free access from street to trains. At Custom House station, wheelchair users need to board the fifth carriage of Elizabeth line trains for level access.

All Elizabeth line stations will be step free from street to platform when the line opens, apart from Ilford. It is hoped that Ilford will become step free in summer 2022.