Video: How Warm Is A Tube Train In Winter?

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 27 months ago
Video: How Warm Is A Tube Train In Winter?

Last summer, your idiot correspondent chose one of the hottest days of the year to ride lots of types of public transport to see how hot it gets. This winter, on one of the coldest nights of the year, we rode the full length of the Jubilee line to find out if a tube train is where you should go to warm up. Here's a chart to document our temperature findings, but that still doesn't do justice to the fact that we still needed gloves until we got to Swiss Cottage...

Last Updated 14 February 2016

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Aidan Stevens

Be careful what you wish for - If it were warmer in the winter it would be even hotter in the summer... anyway there are much colder places to be in London than on a tube!

Steve Moran

Try the circle line, apparently the homeless do.


A train that opens its doors to the breeze on uncovered platforms every couple of minutes probably isn't the place to go for a sauna. Some of the platforms (eg Wembley and Stratford) are better protected than others; but overall, you might have had a warmer experience riding east-west, so you had a better chance of starting warm and losing the heat more slowly. Besides, the real discomfort is the Jubilee Line's concrete seats.

Laurence Payne

That really was a complete waste of time!


Of course, in July or August we'd give our right hand for a tube carriage which was a mere 10.1C..

Tube Geek

I don't believe a Jubilee Line train got to 13C on the coldest day of winter. I think it was only 3!