Getting around London


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How to get around in London by Underground (Tube, the subway), bus, taxi, boat, bike, tour, and foot

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Your choices for getting around London range from the subway (called the Underground or Tube here) to bus or taxi or bike or Thames ferry or cruise—or on foot, of course.

Handily, all London public transport is on an integrated system of tickets and passes.

(The one I would not reccomend: by car. Parking is tough to find and expensive, the street plan is confusing—to say nothing of driving on the left—and then there are the dreaded Congestion Zone charges. Rent a car to get out of London and Explore more of Britain? Fine. Just don't rent one to drive around town.)

Tips & links

Details

Transport for London
Tel. +44-0343-222-1234 (not a free call)
www.tfl.gov.uk

ADDRESSES

London Travel Information Centres:

  • Liverpool Street Underground station
  • Piccadilly Circus Underground station
  • Euston rail station (platform 10)
  • Victoria rail station (platform 8)
  • Heathrow Terminal 123 Underground station
  • King's Cross Underground station (Western Ticket Hall, near St. Pancras

COST OF TUBE RIDE

(All prices for Zones 1–2 travel)


COST OF BUS RIDE


COST OF TAXI RIDE

  • Average fare: £8–£22 (for up to 4 miles)
  • Flag fall/minimum fare: £2.40
  • Incremental fare: 20p per 127.3m or 27.4 seconds (higher after 8pm and on weekends)
  • Fare to/from Heathrow: £55–£85
  • Radio taxi/call ahead: £2
  • Credit/debit card fee: 12.5% of fare (min.: £1)

TOURS


RESEARCH ROUTES


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Get a map

At any Tube stop or tourist center, pick up a copy of the "Tube & Bus" map/pamphlet, which outlines the major bus routes and includes a copy of the widespread Tube map.

Most tourist maps of London also include a Tube map as n inset.

Get the London Pass

The London Pass grants free entry to more than 60 sights across London, including such top attractions as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Churchill War Rooms, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour, Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Kew Gardens, and London Transport Museum—as well as some nifty tours by bike, canal boat, and foot.

If you upgrade to the Travelcard option (an extra £9—or $16—per day) you also get unlimited rides on all public transportation (Underground/Tube, bus, and light rail).

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Details
Transport for London
Tel. +44-0343-222-1234 (not a free call)
www.tfl.gov.uk

ADDRESSES

London Travel Information Centres:
  • Liverpool Street Underground station
  • Piccadilly Circus Underground station
  • Euston rail station (platform 10)
  • Victoria rail station (platform 8)
  • Heathrow Terminal 123 Underground station
  • King's Cross Underground station (Western Ticket Hall, near St. Pancras

COST OF TUBE RIDE

(All prices for Zones 1–2 travel)


COST OF BUS RIDE


COST OF TAXI RIDE

  • Average fare: £8–£22 (for up to 4 miles)
  • Flag fall/minimum fare: £2.40
  • Incremental fare: 20p per 127.3m or 27.4 seconds (higher after 8pm and on weekends)
  • Fare to/from Heathrow: £55–£85
  • Radio taxi/call ahead: £2
  • Credit/debit card fee: 12.5% of fare (min.: £1)

TOURS


RESEARCH ROUTES

Journey Planner