Tube Challenge League Tables

Alternative Tube Challenges

Last updated: 15th June 2017.
New completions added for the Zone 1 Challenge.

Welcome to the Tube Challenge League Tables website here on Explorer Ticket.

This site was setup to inform and record the details of the various "alternative Tube challenges" that can be attempted on London's railway network.

You may have heard about the Tube Challenge whereby people attempt to visit all 270 London Underground stations in the fastest time (and possibly gain a Guinness World Record in the process). Therefore an "alternative tube challenge" is just a smaller versions of the full Tube Challenge concentrating on just one network or a smaller area, thus many of the alternative challenges listed below are of much shorter duration, making them ideal for an afternoon or weekend (when the full Tube Challenge cannot be completed), bring your friends along too. A list of the current challenges that may be attempted is shown below:

Alphabet Challenge.

The aim of this challenge is to visit a London Underground station beginning with every letter of the alphabet (except J, X, Y and Z. There are no LU stations beginning with these letters). The stations you choose must be visited in strict alphabet order, so depart a station beginning with A, visit one beginning with B, visit one beginning with C and so on. Stations passed through in between do not count for other letters, therefore if your "B" station is Bank and "C" is Chancery Lane you cannot count St. Paul's as "S" in between.

Click to view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 04:51:59 by Peter Smyth and Andrew Chilcraft.
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All Lines Challenge.

The aim of this challenge is to travel between at least two stations on ALL eleven London Underground lines. Beware that where two or more lines share the same stretch of track you must travel on the trains of ALL the lines involved for them all to be valid. A trip between Euston Square and King's Cross only counts for the line your train is described as (say a Circle) it does not mean you have done the Circle, H&C and Met together!

Click to view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 00:33:37 by Matthew Scrivin and Steven Karahan.
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Circle Line "Bottle" Challenge.

The aim is to visit all 50 London Underground stations that lie on or within the "classic" Circle Line on a standard Tube Map. Please note that despite being OUTSIDE the Circle line on the current version of the Tube map, the stations of Marylebone and Edgware Road (Bakerloo) are included within this challenge. Paddington (H&C) and all stations west thereof down to Hammersmith do NOT need to be visited on this challenge.

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 01:52:55 by John Stark.
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Croydon Tramlink Challenge.

The aim of this challenge is to simply visit all 39 stations on the Croydon Tramlink system.

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 01:35:15 by Josh Ageros.
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Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Challenge.

The aim of this challenge is to visit all stations on the current DLR system.

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 01:53:53 by Hugo Marrow.
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London Overground Challenge

To visit all stations on the current London Overground network. This challenge DOES include Battersea Park despite not being shown on the Tube Map, also note that special Oyster fares apply at Watford Junction.

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 10:15:34 by Lewis Nagle and Aubrey Morandarte.

As the Gospel Oak- Barking line has now reopened, so has the London Overground Challenge. New submissions of times will be accepted.
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Mouse Challenge

The aim of this challenge is to visit all 33 London Underground stations that make up "The Mouse." The Mouse is all stations on and within both Central London branches of the Northern line between Camden Town and Kennington. Note that whilst Bank obviously needs to be visited, Monument does not as it lies outside of the Northern line.

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 01:22:10 by Hugo Marrow.
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Park Challenge

The aim is to visit all 24 London Underground stations that have the word "Park" in the name... but there is a twist. As well as visiting each station you must take an exterior photo of the station clearly showing the station name (from the street/exiting the ticket barriers) before carrying on to the next station. This challenge is traditionally attempted in December around Christmas time.

Click to view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 07:19:58 by Andi James.
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Points of the Compass Challenge

The aim of this challenge is to visit all 32 London Underground stations that have the word North, East, South or West contained in their name as a separate word.

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 06:52:48 by Hugo Marrow.
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Random 15 Challenge

The Random 15 challenge differs from all the other alternative challenges as there is not a pre determined fixed set of stations to visit. The Random 15 challenge consists of visiting 15 randomly generated stations (from the London Underground Tube Map) selected using certain criteria before the challenge commences. To avoid being sent all over the system, stations drawn are generally kept within Zones 1 and 2 (except during certain twist rounds). As the stations for this challenge are produced at random, the time taken to visit all 15 stations on the list can, of course, vary depending on the stations drawn out. This challenge is very good for weekends when engineering works are taking place, as you can dodge around them!

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 01:42:52 by Andi James and Andrew Baker.
Next event will be held in: September 2017, contact the webmaster for more details.
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Roads, Streets and Lanes

The aim of this challenge is to visit all 28 London Underground stations that have the word Road, Street, Lane or Avenue in their name...however the finishing station is always Mornington Crescent.

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 03:47:50 by Hugo Marrow.
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Royal Challenge

A new addition to the alternative challenges is the royal challenge. The aim is to visit all 18 Underground, Overground and DLR stations that contains the word Royal or references to royalty (king, queen, prince).

Click to view the leaderboard Top times. Current record is 04:49:41 by Hugo Marrow.
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SLAM (South London All Modes)

The aim of this challenge is to visit all London Underground, London Overground (including Battersea Park) and DLR stations that lie south of the River Thames, plus all stations on the Croydon Tramlink network and the Emirates AirLine.

Click to view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 08:09:25 by Aubrey Morandarte, Anthony Gumm and Felix Saward
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South London Challenge

The aim of this challenge is to visit all 29 London Underground stations that lie south of the River Thames.

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 01:45:53 by David Edwards.
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Zone 1 Challenge

One of the more popular of the alternative challenges is the Zone 1 whereby challengers compete to visit all 64 London Underground stations that are within Oyster card zone 1.

Click for the Rules, or view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 02:36:30 by Clive Burgess.
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Zone 1 & 2 Challenge

A spin off from the above. The idea is to visit all London Underground stations that lie within Oyster card zone 1 plus all those within zone 2 as well!

Click to view the leaderboard Top Times. Current record is 08:46:56 by Richard Standing

As from 2nd January 2016, due to the re-zoning of Canning Town, Stratford and West Ham stations into boundary zone 2/3, this challenge is now reset with the new configuration. The leaderboard for the previous configuration of this challenge is now frozen.
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