Docklands Light Railway is the transportation system serving the area of the docks of London; it was created in 1987 to serve this area after its revitalization. The DLR makes its connection from Docklands and Stratford to the north, Lewisham to the south, Tower Gatheway and the financial center of London to the west, and Beckton to the east to the London Airport and Woolwich Arsenal.
Docklands (London Docklands) is a region east of London and is in the district of Greenwich, Tower Hamletse, and Southwark. It is a commercial and residential district in the Port of London. DLR is considered only one line and has several sections. There are 45 stations, is 31 km long and has already been used by more than 110 million passengers per year.
In 1981, the London government had created the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) to rebuild the London docks (Docklands). The London Docklands Project aimed at turning the neighborhood into an area with more density, buildings and corporate offices.
At this time it was necessary to provide an economical transport solution. For that reason, London Transport began evaluating options for light rail and created the Docklands Light Railway.
There was interest from private companies in the Docklands region after the establishment of the DLR, because it made possible the transport of passengers to the main points of the Greater London area within minutes.
Docklands Light Railway (DLR) was opened in August of 1987. The system was operated by Serco Docklands company for 17 years, and today is managed under management of KeolisAmey Docklands, awarded by Transport for London.
Tower Gateway - Beckton: Tower Gateway, Shadwell, Limehouse, Westferry, Poplar, Blackwall, Canning Town, Royal Victoria, Custom House for ExCel, Prince Regent, Royal Albert, Beckton Park, Cyprus, Gallions Reach, Beckton
Bank - Woolwich Arsenal: Bank, Shadwell, Limehouse, Westferry, Poplar , Blackwall, Canning Town, West Silvertown, Pontoon Dock, London City Airport, King George V, Woolwich Arsenal
Bank - Lewisham: Bank, Shadwell, Limehouse, Westferry, Poplar , West Indian Quay, Canary Wharf, Heron Quays, South Quay, Crossharbour, Mudchute, Island Gardens, Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich, Greenwich, Deptford Bridge, Elverson Road, Lewisham
Stratford - Canary Wharf : Stratford, Pudding Mill Lane, Bow Church, Devons Road, Langdon Park, All Saints, Poplar, West Indian Quay, Canary Wharf
From Monday to Friday, during peak hours, the path is extended to Lewisham: Heron Quays, South Quay, Crossharbour, Mudchute, Island Gardens, Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich, Greenwich, Deptford Bridge, Elverson Road, Lewisham
Stratford International - Beckton: Stratford International, Stratford, Stratford High Street, Abbey Road, West Ham, Star Lane, Canning Town, Royal Victoria, Custom House for ExCel, Prince Regent, Royal Albert, Beckton Park, Cyprus, Gallions Reach, Beckton
Stratford International - Woolwich Arsenal: Stratford International, Stratford, Pudding Mill Lane, Bow Church, Devons Road, Langdon Park, All Saints, Poplar, Blackwall, East India, Canning Town, West Silvertown, Pontoon Dock, London City Airport, King George V, Woolwich Arsenal
Sometimes you need to change platform to reach your destination. You must look at the map to see from which stations you can change platform and to transfer to another section.
London Underground stations that make connection with the DLR: Bank, Tower Hill -Tower Gateway (yellow and green line) and Bow (green line and pink line).
There is a Docklands Light Railway station at London Airport. To get there, you need to take the DLR from any station to Woolwich Arsenal.
All announcements are in English.
The Docklands Light Railway operates Monday to Saturday from 5:30 to 00:30, Sundays and holidays from 7:00 am until 23:30.
The frequency of trains is 5-10 minutes throughout the day and 3.5 minutes during peak times.
DLR has the same rates as the London Underground. As its path is mainly in zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 must take into account the rates of these areas.
To travel on the London Underground system and also DLR (its complement system), the top recommended card is the Oyster card, which can also be used on trains and buses.
If you want to spend a few days in London, you can purchase prepaid Oyster Card (pay as you go) without registering; you only have to pay 5 pounds to purchase your card at any underground station or DLR London. With Oyster, you'll be able to use all means of transport in London and always at a discounted rate. It is highly recommended to save on your trip!
TravelCard is a travel ticket that can be used for 1, 3, 7 or 30 days. That is, with TravelCard, you can make as many trips want in the public transport system in London according to the number of days and select areas. To purchase the TravelCard of 7 days or more is necessary to make a photocard, a card that contains your photo and your user name.
Oyster Card and the Travelcard Rates for zones of the Docklands Light Railway
Oyster Card TravelCard 1 day 1 day 1 week Zona 1 l £6.50 £12.10 £32.40 Zona 1-2 l £6.50 £12.10 £32.40 Zona 1-3 l £7.60 £12.10 £38.00 Zona 1-4 l £9.30 £12.10 £46.50
TIP: You can recharge an Oyster Card with the ticket TravelCard, mixing the two systems. This way, you'll be able to add more credits to your Oyster Card and pay the difference to visit other areas of London without buying a new TravelCard.
For more information on cards and rates of Public Transportation System in London, click here.
The Oyster and Travelcard can be purchased in vending machines and retail outlets in all stations, and can be paid by credit card, debit card or cash. The Oyster card can also be purchased at Newsstands and supermarkets, and the £5.00 paid to buy the card are refundable upon return of the card.
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