Getting An Empty Seat On The Tube

London Tube station


We’ve all been there at rush hour; a long tube journey to work and an entire 45 minutes standing, surrounded by people. You’re so crammed in like sardines that you can’t even reach for your book in your bag, leaving you gasping for air and finding only the clamminess of the man in front’s arm pit. This is not a situation any of us would like to find ourselves, not just London locals but holidaymakers and business travellers who may be staying at the London City Suites. To counter this we have researched some of the best ways to make your tube journey relaxing, giving you the best chance of finding a seat on the crowded underground.

How to find empty trains

Due to the Underground service wanting to keep a more regular service running through the centre of the city rather than the outskirts, what may sometimes happen is that the trains will terminate at earlier stations than the final destination so as to empty the trains and bring them back to the centre. If you are getting on at these stations after the trains have been emptied you will be guaranteed to be one of the first people on the train. This only happens at designated times of the day however and only at certain stations so this tip may not be useful for anyone who is not using these stations. Although if you are visiting these areas and are prone to bouts of claustrophobia then waiting for the trains form these stations and at these times may be your much need breath of fresh air.

Jubilee Line

Jubilee line trains coming out of Willesden Green at 13, 28, 43, 58 minutes past the hour will have little to no people on board due to the train coming out of a side road after it terminating. At Kilburn station you can find empty trains coming at 00, 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour whilst at West Hampstead the empty trains travel at 01, 17, 32, 47 past the hour.

Piccadilly Line

The Piccadilly Line has empty trains coming out of Northfields at 09, 29, 49 whilst at Ealing you can find these trains at 11, 31 and 51 minutes. Acton town is at 14, 34 and 54 past the hour.

Central Line

The Central Line’s White City station has empty trains leaving at 14, 34 and 54 minutes past the hour whilst at Shepherd’s Bush they are at 16, 36 and 56 past the hour. The Holland Park station has them at 18, 38 and 58 minutes past the hour.

District and Hammersmith and City Line

The District and Hammersmith and City Line has trains leaving Tower Hill at 05, 25 and 45 minutes. The station Monument has these empty trains at 07, 27 and 47 minutes. The station Canon Street has empty trains at 08 28 and 48 minutes past the hour.

Victoria Line

The station Seven sisters has empty trains coming out of Seven sisters at 05, 15, 25, 35, 45 and 55 minutes past the hour whilst Finsbury Park has them at 08, 18, 28, 38, 48 and 58 minutes. Highbury and Islington are at 01, 11, 21, 31, 41 and 51 minutes past the hour.