Our latest update: 11 January 2021

Check before you travel

In order to maintain social distancing on our trains and at stations, we are asking our customers to travel at quieter times whenever possible.

To help with this, our guide below shows when our major stations tend to get busy on weekdays, and the crowding levels on trains at the busiest times.

We’ve based our guide on the most recent data, and we will continue to update it regularly. Being based on recent data, this guide doesn’t take account of events like hot weather which may mean that more people travel than usual.

For live updates for your journey please visit nationalrail.co.uk

Changing travel patterns

The coronavirus pandemic has seen travel patterns alter slightly, and peak times have become earlier than before the pandemic. We’d ask that you take this into consideration when planning your journey.

The morning peak is currently between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM.

The evening peak is currently between 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

Busiest parts of our network

The busiest parts of our network are in the London area. Trains to and from Waterloo will be busiest between Wimbledon/Putney and Waterloo.

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Key:

  • Busiest time (red): Maintaining a one-metre gap between travellers will be difficult at these times. Trains will have very little available space left - consider travelling earlier or later if you can.
  • Busy (amber): "One-metre plus" social distancing will be possible. Trains will have limited space available - consider travelling on trains or at times marked in green if you can.
  • Not busy (green): A two-metre gap between travellers will be possible. There will be plenty of room on these trains and at stations.

Busiest peak time trains - morning peak

Arrival from Arrival time at London Waterloo Crowding level
Guildford 06:25 Not busy
Staines 06:33 Not busy
Guildford 06:38 Not busy
Guildford 06:46 Busy
Windsor & Eton Riverside 06:49 Busy
Salisbury 06:52 Not busy
Woking 06:53 Not busy
Hampton Court 07:01 Not busy
Hounslow 07:04 Not busy
Shepperton 07:04 Not busy
Reading 07:05 Not busy
Haslemere 07:08 Not busy
Dorking 07:13 Not busy
Chessington South 07:16 Not busy
Windsor & Eton Riverside 07:19 Not busy
Staines 07:26 Not busy
Hampton Court 07:31 Not busy
Reading 07:35 Busy
Woking 07:41 Not busy
Guildford 07:43 Not busy
Chessington South 07:46 Not busy
London Waterloo 07:46 Not busy
London Waterloo 07:49 Not busy
Hampton Court 08:01 Not busy
Shepperton 08:04 Not busy
Woking 08:04 Not busy
London Waterloo 08:16 Not busy
Windsor & Eton Riverside 08:19 Not busy
Hampton Court 08:31 Not busy
London Waterloo 08:41 Not busy

Busiest peak time trains - evening peak

Train to: Departure time Crowding level
Guildford 16:39 Not busy
Basingstoke 16:42 Not busy
Reading 16:50 Not busy
London Waterloo 16:57 Not busy
Windsor & Eton Riverside 16:58 Not busy
Guildford 17:02 Not busy
Dorking 17:09 Not busy
London Waterloo 17:15 Not busy
Woking 17:20 Not busy
Alton 17:23 Not busy
Chessington South 17:24 Not busy
Windsor & Eton Riverside 17:28 Not busy
Guildford 17:39 Not busy
Basingstoke 17:42 Not busy
Portsmouth Harbour 17:45 Not busy
Woking 17:50 Not busy
Reading 17:50 Not busy
Chessington South 17:54 Not busy
Alton 17:55 Not busy
London Waterloo 17:57 Not busy
Windsor & Eton Riverside 17:58 Not busy
Dorking 18:09 Not busy
Shepperton 18:12 Not busy
London Waterloo 18:15 Not busy
Chessington South 18:24 Not busy
Guildford 18:39 Not busy
Woking 18:50 Not busy
Chessington South 18:54 Not busy
London Waterloo 18:57 Not busy
Windsor & Eton Riverside 18:58 Not busy

How busy our major stations will be

Station London Waterloo Clapham Junction Vauxhall
Morning Peak 06:00
   
06:30 Busy Busy Busy
07:00 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busy
07:30 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busiest Time
08:00 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busy
08:30 Busy Busy Busy
09:00
 
09:30      
10:00      
Late Morning 10:30-12:00      
Early Afternoon 12:30-15:00      
Evening Peak 15:30 Busy  
16:00 Busy Busy Busy
16:30 Busy Busy Busy
17:00 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busiest Time
17:30 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busiest Time
18:00 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busy
18:30 Busy Busy Busy
19:00
   
Late Evening 19:30-00:00      
Station Wimbledon Surbiton Woking
Morning Peak 06:00    
06:30 Busy Busy
07:00 Busy Busy Busy
07:30 Busiest Time Busy
08:00 Busy Busy
08:30 Busy
09:00

 
09:30

 
10:00      
Late Morning 10:30-12:00      
Early Afternoon 12:30-15:00      
Evening Peak 15:30
Busy
16:00 Busy Busy
16:30 Busy Busy
17:00 Busiest Time Busy Busy
17:30 Busiest Time Busy
18:00 Busy Busy
18:30 Busy
 
19:00

 
Late Evening 19:30-00:00      

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