London is the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the largest cities in Europe. With our guide to transport in London, you will learn the various modes of transport to help you navigate your way around the city. As one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, London is well connected, served by five international airports with daily flights to a great number of cities in all continents. Getting around the city is easy as different means of transportation take you to the best hot spots in the British capital. London is divided into 9 zones where you can easily commute, as you are given the option to purchase the ticket deal that suits you best.
The Oyster card is the travel pass mostly used in London and it is valid for most forms of transport. For more information on the fares and routes, and to get to know the transportation system, we recommend you to visit Transport for London on https://tfl.gov.uk/.
London Underground – also known as the Tube – is the oldest subway system in the world. It’s also one of the best forms of public transport in London. With 11 lines and 270 stations, this is the most convenient way to get to your destination quickly. Trains run approximately every two minutes and the network covers most of the city.
The red double-decker bus is definitely among the icons of the British capital. Used daily by thousands of people the London buses are cheaper, and not so stressful in comparison to the subway. In addition, the 24-hour bus services can take you anywhere in London.
Due to the congested traffic in central London, and the extensive public transportation network, we would not recommend that you hire a car while in the city. However, if you want to hire a car anyway, there are a number of agencies that you can use. You can find information on car hire a vehicle at any of the five airports or at various tourist information places throughout the city. If you wish to drive in London please note that a congestion charge may be applied. This tax is only valid for non-electric vehicles travelling within the city centre.
If you are not willing to deal with busy buses or the subway, another form of transport in London is the humble taxi cab. London is home to iconic black cabs (also known as Hackney Carriages) and also pre-booked minicabs that are at your disposal. Both services can be picked anywhere in London, with 24/7 availability. With the mini cabs, you can always reach an agreement on the prices before starting the journey. For safety reasons, we also recommend that you avoid illegal cabs that are not licensed.
Many European capitals are bike-friendly and London is no exception. This is definitely a cheaper and more eco-friendly way to travel while dodging the traffic. Over the last years, the city of London has made a huge investment in a reliable cycle infrastructure to make it more accessible for bicycle riders.
Travelling by river bus may perhaps not be the most popular way to get around. However, this is a unique way to explore the fantastic city of London from the river Thames.
Now you know how to travel around London, but have you any idea how to get from airport to city? This handy little guide will tell you how!