A visitors guide to London!

Getting around

Getting around
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Public transportation is the easiest and most affordable way to travel through London over greater distances. Public transportation includes the metro, bus and boat.

The metro, also called Underground or Tube, is the fastest way to travel through London. There are many stations in the city, so you can almost always walk to your destination or change to a bus, taxi or train. In addition to the underground, some train options have been added, namely London Overground, which, as the name indicates, runs above ground and Cross Rail (Elizabeth Line). The Elizabeth Line will run from Reading to Shenfield as soon as it is ready, and is somewhat similar to the London Underground.

The famous red Routemaster double-decker buses have unfortunately been replaced by a more modern variant. But the big advantage of traveling with these buses is unchanged. You can enjoy what is around you while you travel. So a kind of siteseeing tour. However, we find the bus network a lot more difficult than the London Underground.

An equally pleasant way of traveling is by boat on the Thames. Many of the sights are on the Thames and with a Hop On, Hop Off ticket you can visit them all and at the same time enjoy the beautiful surroundings along the Thames.

Public transport is divided into zones. It starts with zone 1 in the center to zone 6, the outskirts of the city. Most sights are located in zones 1 and 2.

London Transport

Getting around

London Underground, also called the Tube. An extensive network of lines, mainly underground, brings you to your destination quickly.

Docklands Light Railway (DLR), a fully automated train that runs through the Docklands. The DLR runs completely above ground, so you also have something to see. And when you can get hold of the place in front of the train, you can pretend to be the driver.

Getting around
Getting around

London Overground includes six routes to the various neighborhoods in London. As the name suggests, these trains only run above ground.

Getting around

With the London River Bus you take the Thames to your destination in a very relaxed way. The most important routes pass the London highlights.

The Elizabeth Line (Cross Rail) should already be driving straight through London from Reading to Shenfield. But unfortunately this line is still not ready after many delays.

Getting around
Getting around

London has an extensive bus network. There is no place that cannot be reached by bus.

Visitor Oyster Card London

Looking for the cheapest way to travel around London? Then be sure to purchase a Visitor Oyster Card. This is a rechargeable chip card that you can use for any form of public transport operated by TfL.

You no longer have to mess around with separate tickets every time you want to travel: charge your Visitor Oyster Card and you can travel throughout London without any problems!

Why buy a Visitor Oyster Card?
  • They are used for any form of public transportation.
  • Reusable and flexible: you can choose how much money you put on it.
  • It is 50% cheaper: a tube ride in central London costs £ 2.40 with the Oyster Card and £ 4.90 for a single ticket.
  • Price cap: travel as much as you want without ever spending more than £ 7 per day (zone 1 – 2).
  • Take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts at various restaurants and attractions when showing the card.
  • Visitor Oyster Cards can be used for traveling with the Heathrow and Gatwick Express
How does the Visitor Oyster Card work?
  • It’s very simple: scan your card at the start and end of the journey on one of the yellow, round card readers to the right of the entrance gates if you travel by underground, overground or train. In the bus or tram you only have to scan the card on the yellow card reader at the start of the journey.
  • When your balance is used up you can top it up again at any tube, train or Overground station.
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