Ah, Deutschland. Sehr schön. Do DB run on Christmas Day then @deusselmartin?First, Merry Christmas to all!
I am always amazed that the UK and Ireland almost shuts down their railways for Christmas.
Do any other countries do do that?
Ho Ho Ho from Martin visiting Oxford!
The long distance bus (coach) service on Christmas Day has gradually improved in recent years, with most major cities and airports connected by National Express or Megabus. For example, National Express are taking advantage of the lack of trains between London and Gatwick airport today, running a coach every 15 minutes. The fares, however, are higher than the usual train fare. On the 26 December, when most trains are still not running, the coaches are running a near normal service. However, with some exceptions, for example in London, local buses are either not running or running a limited service. Similarly on New Year's Day.I noticed my only way back to Birmingham airport tomorrow from Oxford is one National Express bus connection.
I had a similar experience in Ireland before but not seen it elsewhere.
Although most places run a normal service on 24th although some places have an early finish. Most of our neighbouring countries run a normal service on 24th and Sunday service on the 25th. The Netherlands run a Sunday service on 26th. The Dutch have "1st and 2nd Christmas Day"FWIW Boxing Day is a UK thing, the two main days in most countries are 24th and 25th.
The UK may be 24/7 in many respects but not from the point of view of public transport. London has a very comprehensive Sunday and night bus service (possibly the most comprehensive night bus service in the world?), and now has night tube at the weekend, but outside London, Sunday bus services can be quite limited even in quite large towns, and there are some fairly large towns that have no bus service whatsoever on Sunday. Service in the evenings can also be limited.Rather amazing considering the UK is pretty much 24/7 the rest of the year.
You forgot Scotlrail which runs a decent service on Dec 26 which is not a Bank Hol there.
Central London was heaving - traffic seemed far higher than previous years and large number of black taxis out and seemingly doing a roaring tradeI think based on the roads there is next to no demand on Christmas Day, but certainly enough for a Sunday service on Boxing Day. Arguably much more demand than New Years Day.
Specifically here: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/fi/ajankohtaista#jouluaikataulutIn Finland, there are no long distance trains in the morning on Christmas Day. They also shut down early on Christmas Eve. Local trains around Helsinki do run in the early morning, though.