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Our guide to London: Travel

It is easy travelling around London (although it may be slow in rush hour).  With its extensive tube lines and vast number of buses, despite its size, London is relatively easy to negotiate.  Information and maps are readily available or contact London Transport travel information office, at Piccadilly Circus tube station or phone 020 7222 1234 for travel information. You can also click here for the Transport for London Journey Planner.

Once you are ready to see the sights, there are plenty of ways to get around.  The Tube is usually the quickest way to travel, and covers most of the city.  The Tube runs from 5.20 am to midnight.  The eleven different tube lines cross most of the city.  Each line has its own colour and name – all you need to know is which direction you’re travelling in: northbound, eastbound, southbound or westbound.  You rarely have to wait more than five minutes for a train between central stations.  Tickets must be bought in advance.  To get to parts of the city that the Tube doesn’t reach, there are several overland railway lines, including Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with wonderful views of Docklands.  Or, see the city from a double decker bus.  Or take a riverboat or travel door to door in a taxi cab.  Alternatively hire a car and go where you wish.  Whether you are living in an inexpensive London accommodation or a luxurious hotel, you will have no problems getting to it.

There is a congestion charge for car drivers in central London so using public transport would save the fee of £10 per day.

Oyster Cards are the most economical way of getting around London giving you savings of almost 50%.  It is valid for most travel systems in London including London Underground, buses, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground, trams, some river boat services and most National Rail services within the London Fare Zones.  They can be bought from Underground Stations and topped up at many newsagent outlets.