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May Bank Holidays

Welcome to the National Rail travel advice summary for the May Bank Holiday weekends


Travelling in May? Be in the know before you go

The next Early May Bank Holiday weekend will be from Saturday 3 May to Monday 5 May 2025, and the next Late May (Spring) Bank Holiday weekend will be from Saturday 24 May to Monday 26 May 2025. This travel summary page will start being updated approximately 12 weeks prior to those dates. We look forward to your return visit then.

Early May (or May Day) Bank Holiday weekend runs from Saturday 3 May to Monday 5 May 2025.

Late May (or Spring) Bank Holiday weekend runs from Saturday 24 May to Monday 26 May 2025.

Some train services will be affected during bank holiday weekends as we work to improve the railway. Some train companies will also be making changes to their timetable, and to some train times, to match services to the number of customers travelling.

So be in the know before you go. Please check before you travel and use the Journey Planner to see if your journey is affected and find alternative routes.

Please note though that this information is subject to change as timetables are still being finalised, please check before you travel. Please check our Status and Disruptions pages for up to date real time information.

Improvement work on your railway during the Bank Holiday weekend

A considerable number of engineering and improvement projects will be undertaken during the May Bank Holiday weekends. The impact of this work will be reflected in Journey Planners.

But, for more information on the work taking place, you can find details of all forthcoming engineering works on our website.

Check your journey

Please check your journey before you travel using the National Rail real-time Journey Planner.

Find out more about your rights if a train changes.

Social media

For the latest rail travel news, why not follow National Rail on X? Over 1 million people follow @nationalrailenq on X. Our social media team are available 24/7 over the bank holiday weekends to answer your rail queries and supply you with the latest real-time travel updates.

May Bank Holiday changes being made by your train company

​​​​​​​Details of the service each train company will be providing over the bank holiday weekends will be available using the links below (please note the pages are currently showing information for the next bank holiday).