Did You Manage To Figure Out The Mystery Of The One Stop Tube Puzzle?

By Lindsey Last edited 6 months ago
Did You Manage To Figure Out The Mystery Of The One Stop Tube Puzzle?
Photo by Edward Kimber via the Londonist Flickrpool.  

Recently we put a puzzle to you: did you work out how to get round the tube map, taking in every single line for just one stop? Tom M did! And quite a few other commenters were close. Here's our solution, illustrated with almost accurate colour coding:

Note, you could swap Piccadilly Circus for Covent Garden and Moorgate for Aldgate with no consequence; and you could obviously do it in the opposite order.

To add our own idiosyncratic contribution to the Tube 150 celebrations, we walked this route with some of you back in Easter 2013. And what fun it was. Here's the route mapped, in case you'd like to recreate the walk yourself.

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Many thanks to John Wilkes for the puzzle and mapping and Ben Norum for walk enthusiasm.

Last Updated 21 December 2017

Dr. C.

Yeah, I'd love to join in.


I'm in.


This is SO COOL.


Yes, please

Richard J.

Well done, Tom M! But when the puzzle was set last week, it was alleged that "there is one possible route around the Underground [map] taking in every single line for just one stop", implying that there was a single correct answer (apart from the start and end variations).

This is not true. On 14 Feb, "Basil Jet" (not me) on the newsgroup uk.transport.london came up with this solution:
" start at Bond Street: c v p b n o j w dlr e d h m "

(I like this because the answer contains another puzzle - work out what the line letters mean and which direction you move in.)
It is essentially Tom's answer in reverse, until you get to Waterloo:

Moogate to Waterloo - as Tom's answer, then ...
Waterloo - Jubilee - Westminster
Westminster - Circle - Embankment
Embankment - Northern - Charing Cross
Charing Cross - Bakerloo - Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus - Piccadilly - Green Park
Green Park - Victoria - Oxford Circus
Oxford Circus - Central - Bond Street (or Tottenham Court Road)

Taking the Tottenham Court Road option, this route includes 4 segments and 2 stations [edit: 1 added, 1 omitted] that are different from Tom's and therefore proves that there isn't a unique solution. Are there any more, I wonder?


wow this is like the real Mornington Crescent!

Yangchen Lin

Let me know (linyangchen at gmail.com) if you guys fancy dropping in on the London Underground Photo Exhibition a stone's throw from Embankment station - I'll be delighted to give a guided tour. :) Website with map: www.linyangchen.com/tube150