London Travel Guides Transportation Getting Around London

London Travel Guides The Underground Transportation Getting Around

Indigo Guide provides you with essential London underground travel information (the tube). The London travel network is one of the most extensive in the world, so finding your way around the city should never be a problem. The city is divided into six zones or segments, with zone one being the city centre and zone six being on the outskirts of the city. Tickets are priced according to the number of zones that you travel through.The London underground is without a doubt the most convenient way to travel and tubes operate in most areas of London. In areas where there are no tube stations the tell tale double decker red buses usually run all day.

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Tube tickets can be bought at any of the tube stations throughout the city from either ticket desks or ticket machines. Single tickets cost between £2 and £6, while return tickets usually cost double that. Single bus tickets to anywhere in the city cost £1.20, half the price of a return journey.

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If you are planning to travel to more than one destination in the city, it will almost certainly work out cheaper to buy a day travel card. Day travel cards are also priced according to the zones you are traveling in and grant you access to all tubes and buses within the zones you select. You can expect to pay between £6 and £12 for peak day travel cards, while off peak day travel cards cost between £4.70 and £7. If you intend to stay in London for more than a weekend, you can also purchase a three day London travel card or a weekly travel card. All tickets for children aged 5 to 15 years can be bought at a reduced price, while children under five years are entitled to free travel.

Other possible means of transport around the city include trams, boat services and taxis. Trams are seldom used in the city anymore and only operate in a few areas in South East London such as Wimbledon and Croydon. Boat tours are generally quite reasonable and give visitors the chance to see the city from a different perspective. If you decide to take in a cruise or boat trip, keep in mind the fact that most operators offer discounts to travel card users, so be sure to ask about fare reductions prior to purchasing your ticket.

If you know that you are going to need to get somewhere in a hurry or don't trust the public transport system, taxi services operate throughout the city. You can book cabs in advance or wave them down as you need them on most of the main roads around the city. Average cab fares are between £3.60 and £4.60 per mile depending on the time of day and whether you are traveling during the week or over a weekend. Although unlicensed cab drivers are known to be a lot cheaper than licensed cabs but there have been a number of problems with them in the past. Tourists are therefore advised to stick to the licensed black cabs, especially when traveling alone or in the evenings.

Our final piece of travel information is on car hire. In the event that you are insistent on using your own transport or are planning on also traveling into the English countryside, hiring a car is probably your best option. You can book a car through one of the many car rental companies around the city provided that you have a valid driver's license. Hertz, Avis, Budget and Europcar are just some of the rental companies that can be found in and around London. A set rate is usually charged for hiring the car after which you can do unlimited mileage in the car. Keep in mind the fact that parking in central London can be difficult and you will need to pay a congestion charge of £5 to drive in the city during peak hours.