A Beginner’s Guide to Travelling in London
Getting around London can be a mystery to the uninitiated. But don’t worry – redspottedhanky.com is here to unravel the secrets of the city! Get the cheapest deals when you book trains to London with us in advance.
The London Underground
The London Underground, colloquially known as the Tube, still contains remnants of the oldest underground transport system in the world. It’s grown a bit since Victorian times – the modern Tube network is composed of 11 colour coded lines, and carries an average of 1 billion travellers every year!
Getting around on the Underground is easy. Buy a Travelcard suited to the Zones you want (the network’s split into 6, with 1 at the centre). You can book London Tube tickets when you buy train tickets to London from redspottedhanky.com.
The bus network
London Transport (or Transport for London, or TFL, depending on what poster you’re looking at!) comprises buses, elevated trains, trams, river ferries and inner city suburban trains as well as the Underground. You can use your Travelcard on all London buses. In almost all cases, it’s quicker to walk. Buses are your only option when the Tube stops running (alarmingly early, if you’re out after midnight make sure you know your bus route home)…
Taxis and minicabs
London is full of taxis. In the centre, and at popular nightspots, you can hail them in the street. Elsewhere, booking is essential. Recent safety advice issued by the London Transport network suggests that you book a minicab even in the city centre. You can download an app for your smartphone, use the internet or just call.
To and from the airport
London is officially served by eight airports, though in all likelihood you’ll either be using Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or City. Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted are all connected by London Express trains (they go right from the airport to the heart of the capital. Heathrow also has a Tube station. The Express trains are recommended. For straight-to-hotel transport, book a minicab at the airport.
The river taxis are a brilliant way to beat the traffic, get out of the crowds and see London from a different angle. There are piers all the way from Fulham and Chelsea to Greenwich: if you have a spare couple of hours you can traverse the best bits of the city from end to end without setting foot on land! The river taxis are operated by independent firms, but you’ll get a discount if you have an Oyster Card.
Introduced back in the early 2000s, the Oyster Card is found in every Londoner’s pocket. It’s a pay as you go debit card for the London Transport network, which offers cheaper fares than paper tickets. If your visit is going to last for a week or two it can be well worth getting one. You can even put Travelcards on Oyster, so you don’t have to worry about losing your ticket.
Don’t forget your feet…
Central London’s a lot smaller than most people think. You can walk from Primrose Hill in the north to the South Bank in around an hour, taking in Regent’s Park and Piccadilly Circus on the way. Don’t overlook your tootsies when you’re travelling in the city. Walking is one of the best ways to take it all in.
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