Travelling around London is easy. London may be big, but its transport facilities perfectly accommodate all its travelers providing them with quick and simple routes on several forms of transport. There are intricate bus, tube and train networks consistently running throughout the city at all times during the day, with some services running throughout the night. Before your trip to London, make sure you download a Travel Maps App on your phone, it’ll help you get around quicker and prevent you from getting lost on one of London’s many routes.
Here is a quick and easy guide on how to tackle travelling in London.
The tube, or underground, is one of the easiest ways to get from A to B in London. The underground arguably has the most complex and detailed network of travel routes, with lines reaching far out into the suburbs of London and into different counties. It’s affordable and easy to use. Everywhere in London is close to a tube stop, including top premier hotels such as Park Grand London Kensington.
How do you pay for the tube?
You can buy an individual ticket for one journey, a Day Travel Card (that you can use on other forms of transport as well) or you can get an Oyster Card.
We’d recommend using an Oyster Card as it’s the cheapest form of payment available for travel in London. Oyster Cards follow a simple pay-as-you-go system and you can get them from any tube station. If you are under 25, you can also attach a young person’s rail card to your Oyster Card, which takes off a third off all travel tickets.
Helpful tips for using the tube
Tube systems in London can be daunting if you’re not used to them. Download a Travel Map App or bring along an A-Z London guide to ensure you don’t get lost during your journey
If you are travelling in the summer, make sure to bring a bottle of water with you as the tube carriages can get incredibly hot.
Have easy access to your travel tickets/cards at all times. There are several barriers and gates throughout the underground system that you’ll need your card/ticket to get through.
Avoid rush hours if possible. During the morning/evening commute times, the tubes can get incredibly busy. If you can avoid peak times, do so!
London trains are connected to countless destinations throughout the city, as well as the rest of the country. Trains are the perfect way to get around with easy access to train stations all throughout London. They are also the quickest way to get to places outside of London.
They are quick and easy to use, although perhaps a tad pricier if you’re planning on travelling far. During your next stay, take advantage of England’s efficient travel system and have a day trip to Brighton, Somerset or Cambridge. Explore all corners of the British Isles and discover the different sides of Britain’s cultural identity.
How do you pay for train transport?
If you are planning on staying within London zones, payment is similar to the tube. You can buy an individual ticket for one journey, a Day Travel Card (that you can use on other forms of transport as well) or you can get an Oyster Card.
If you are planning on travelling to other parts of the UK, you will have to buy a ticket via the internet or over a telephone booking service.
Helpful tips for using the train
If travelling outside of London, tickets can potentially be expensive. To avoid disappointment book your tickets as soon as possible. The earlier you buy them, the cheaper they will be.
If you are under 25 you are eligible for a young person’s travel card. For only 30 GBP a year, you could get a whole third off each and every ticket you purchase. We highly recommend getting one.
Journeys throughout the UK can be long. We’d recommend downloading some great podcasts and having a good book on you to help keep you entertained as you travel.
Buses run throughout London at all times during the day, and with several services running throughout the night. Buses offer visitors a chance to see London as they travel, rather than keep you hidden away underground as you travel like the tube. Get a glimpse into London’s city life as you travel from the London hotels near Hyde Park, to the West End, to Big Ben, and back again.
If you’re looking to travel outside of London during your stay, buses are an incredibly cheap way to travel cross country. Services such as Megabus and National Express may be your cheap solution to travelling around the UK. Journeys may be longer, but will without a doubt be cheaper than travelling via trains.
How do you pay for buses?
Buses use the same payment systems as trains and tubes in London. You can buy an individual ticket for one journey, a Day Travel Card (that you can use on other forms of transport as well) or you can get an Oyster Card. All you have to do is tap your card as you get on the bus, or show the bus driver your travel card. Buses do NOT accept money.
If you’re travelling outside of London, we’d suggest buying a ticket online or via a telephone service.
Helpful tips for using the bus
Buses in London can get packed during commuting hours. If you can, we’d suggest avoiding travelling between 7.30am-9am and 5pm-6pm.
If travelling outside of London, buy your tickets ASAP. The sooner you get them, the cheaper they will be.
You can’t pay your bus fare with cash in London! Even if you have enough on you, they do not except money.
Take advantage of all of London’s bus tours. If you have never been to London before, this is a great way to see all the sights and sounds of London town. Bus tours will take you to all of London’s top attractions with tour guides offering historical insight, stories and tips as you travel.