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Your Guide to London Transport

London is a buzzing city with so many things happening at once. Getting from point A to B can be an expedition in itself, but if you know how to master the art of travelling via the London Underground, you’ll soon become a true London local.

The Tube

Travelling around via the tube’s can be very daunting at first as there is always a heap happening under ground and below the streets of London. Like the picture down below, you’ll see this at every single tube station in London. Down in the left hand corner is the colour and name of the particular tube route that will get you to where you need to be. Then, you simply locate on the map the place you need to go and get on the right tube line. Popular lines include Piccadilly (Taking you to Harrods, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus), Central (Taking you to Oxford Circus, Notting Hill/Kensington and Leicester Square) and the Victoria line (Taking you to Kings Cross).

Oyster Cards

Oyster Cards are like credit cards that hold your train fare. This is the most appropriately financial way to travel around London via public transport. You are allowed to use your Oyster Card on buses, the tube lines and along the River Thames. The tube and bus routes are a set price whereas the river ride varies depending on where you are going (Westminster Abbey to Tower Bridge is around 9 Pound).

Oyster cards are available at all tube stations and some news-agencies and groceries stores.

More to know about Travelling the Tube

Once you tap in using your Oyster Card (or ticket), you are allowed to travel anywhere through the underground. This means you are allowed to jump from train to train, line to line without tapping out or getting charged extra. Getting from Green Park to Notting Hill Gate, you’ll need to travel along two different lines, for one set price. This set price includes if you were travelling along one line, three lines ect.

The London Tube only travels to the 6 main zones – Zone one being central London such as Green Park, Kensington and Covent Garden. Below is an image of the London zones

 The Red Buses

The red buses, ah what a London classic. You are able to hop aboard of one of these double decker buses and get from end to end of the city, however you will be stuck in a ton of traffic. This trip is much more scenic than the tube but will take longer, however there’s nothing wrong with sitting back and admiring the beautiful streets of London.

The Oyster Card works on these buses, you only are required to tap on and not off (unlike the Opal cards in Sydney, Australia).



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  • Reply
    Louise Hampshire
    January 15, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    This so helpful! Can be so overwhelming getting public transport and trying to navigate your way through a new city!

    • Reply
      Exploring Wanderland
      January 15, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      I know it can be very confronting!

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    January 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Very good overview of the London Transport Network! What’s you’re favourite line? I’ve found that each one carries its own brand of person, but so far the metropolitan is my favourite. Bakerloo is entertaining to be on in the evening on a weekend haha.

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      Exploring Wanderland
      January 18, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      I like the Piccadilly Line and the Central line as they take me to Harrods and Notting Hill 🙂 I must get on the Bakerloo line one evening to see this entertainment!

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