Getting Around London

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London is one of the largest cities in Europe and it can be pretty overwhelming at the beginning to understand how to get around. The city however has a good transportation system which allows you to get around 24 hours a day. Here are some useful tips and the major ways how to get around:

On Foot

Even though London is pretty big, the distance between the tube stops is about 10 minutes or even less. And everything is a bit closer than you may think. Have a map with you which, in case, will navigate you through the streets of London.

The Tube

The Tube started its service in London in 1863 and became a part of Londoners' everyday life. The Tube is 402 kilometers long with 270 stations. About 3 million people use it every day. Its main advantage is that you don’t have to worry about traffic jams; it is fast and provides you an easy access to the city center.
The Tube network is divided into 6 zones and the most central one is the Zone 1. Heathrow airport is in the Zone 6. Not to get into the rush-hour in the morning, use the Tube after 9-30 am. For you as a tourist the cheapest way to travel around London will be to get a Travelcard. It can be bought for a day, 3 days, a week, a month or a year. It is valid on the Tube, buses, DLR and overland trains.

Buses

London’s iconic red buses is a great way to get around the city. In tourist information office or travel center you can take a map of the route or there are also route plans at the bus stops, so you won’t get lost. There are also night buses and is the best way to get around because at night the Tube is closed. A single journey is £2 but buses here do not accept cash. Tickets can be bought on bus stops from the machines or can use Oyster Card. With Oyster card your single ride will be cheaper – only £1. Under 16s travel for free on buses.

Oyster Card

Oyster Card is the easiest and the cheapest way to get around the city. The ride on the Tube will cost you £1.60 instead of £4. You can get an Oyster card in London Travel Information Center and at the Tube Stations. All you need to do is to pay £3 deposit and to fill in a form. When on the Tube stations and when you board on a bus you will notice a yellow card reader, simply touch it with your Oyster Card.

Black Taxi Cabs

Traditional black cabs are now not all black but they still have their distinctive shape. All the drivers have to pass the geography exam about London streets so they can tell you a lot about their capital. Minicabs are much cheaper but you will not get such a tour around the city.