All you need to know about Travelling in London
Taking public transport anywhere in the UK can be stressful for any foreign student who has chosen to study in the UK. London transport is one of the busiest so preparing in advance will make your stay in the UK a lot easier. Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know about travelling in London.
Our #1 top tip is to travel around London with an oyster card. An oyster card is a smart card which can hold pay as you go credit, Travel cards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets. You can use the oyster card to travel on Bus, Tube, Tram, London Overground, River Bus services and most National Rail services in London as well as a range of other transport modes. However you can only purchase a normal oyster card once you have arrived in the UK. Visitor oyster cards can be purchased before you travel to the UK which we would recommend doing before you travel so when you arrive in London you can travel with ease. Visit tfl.gov.uk and create an oyster account today.
Travelling in London by Tube
The London Underground or ‘the Tube’ is an underground rail network which is a great way to travel to and from Central London and will be an integral part of most people’s stay in UK’s capital. You can pick up a London Underground Map upon arrival at any London Tube station. Underground trains generally run between 5am and midnight, Monday to Saturday, with reduced operating hours on Sunday. For more information on the London Underground visit tfl.gov.uk.
Travelling in London by Bus
Travelling by bus in London is one of the cheapest and most scenic ways to travel. Transport for London manage one of the largest bus networks in the World, managing over 8,500 vehicles. Travelling in one of London’s famous red buses is a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around the city. Why not try a different mode of transport? Get on board a River Thames bus service for a fast, frequent mode of transport. Not only are you traveling from place to place on the river, you can see all the famous sites such as the London Eye or Big Ben.
Travelling in London by Taxi
If you have chosen to study your English language course in London you must complete your London experience with a ride in one of the city’s black cabs. Catch one of London’s iconic black cabs in the street or at one of the designated taxi ranks situated in prominent places, including many mainline rail, tube and bus stations. Fares are metered, and there is a minimum charge of £2.40. If you spot a taxi with a yellow illuminated sign, the cab is available for higher. Want something digital? There are a range of apps that can be downloaded when you arrive in London to help you find and book a taxi with minimum effort.
Others ways to Travel in London
See a different side to London. You can hire a bike for as little as £2 with Santander Cycles, London’s self-service, bike-sharing scheme. Alternatively, walking in central London is a great way to get around and experience the city. You’ll find that there are plenty of street maps to help you get around. You can also visit one of London’s Visitor Centres who are happy to offer advice on transport in and around London.
London has many stunning attractions and famous sporting events, exhibitions, concerts and festivals. Knowing how to get around London is essential for making the most of your time in the capital city and seeing everything London has to offer. Find out more about all the different ways you can see London and travel around the city using London Hut as a guide for getting around.