Where were we? in the previous post –How to get around London- your genuine guide to public transportation 1 we spoke of 3 unique ways of getting around London; by the Tube, by taxi and by city bus (for more content on this hit the words in blue above). In continuation of the previous post, How to get around London-your genuine guide to public transportation 2 will provide you with more expo on other means of public transit in London
Want to know how to get around in London?….. read on
It’s a little more costly and the boats don’t run as frequently as the buses or the Tube, but the riverboats can be a convenient way to get across the city while seeing it from a truly unique perspective.
Guess what else you can use your Oyster Card on? That’s right, you guessed it: the riverboats of London known as the Thames Clippers River Bus
The overground is fairly new and basically covers areas that the Underground does not.
The London Overground is pretty much the Underground, but above ground. You can use your Oyster Card on the Overground.
DLR and Trams
you can think of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the Tramlink as extensions of the Underground. Travelcards purchased at Tube Stations will be valid on the DLR and Tramlink.
The DLR is a fully automated rail system (without any drivers) service and it is the easiest way to reach a number of attractions in East London.
The DLR connects with a number of the other train services (including connections at Tower Hill or Bank Stations) and can be used to reach Greenwich, Canary Wharf, and Stratford. It works just like the Underground and Overground and you can use your Oyster Card.
TransLink is a small tram system service in South London. The TramLink has a fixed fare and works as the bus so you only need your Oyster Card on the way in, not the way out.
What?! More trains? Yes! The National rail consists of several different lines that connect London to the rest of the country. Many commuters use these rail lines to commute from the suburbs surrounding London. Your Oyster Card will not work on National Rail lines and children 10 and under are not free, but usually ride at a discounted rate. There are a number of attractions within Central London that also require you to transfer to a National Rail Train as no underground station is available. Attractions within London that have a “national rail” station only a short walk away include Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery, The Tower of London, and the London Aquarium. The easiest way to access Hampton Court Palace will be the South West Trains which runs directly from London Waterloo to Hampton Court (although the journey by Riverboat can also be a good option if you have the time). There will be machines at the station where you can purchase rail tickets and usually a ticket office where you can talk to a human.
Heathrow Express is the smarter way to travel between Heathrow and central London.
If you’re coming to London you’re most likely flying into Heathrow Airport, London’s largest international airport. If so, taking the Heathrow Express is the fastest way to get into the city center. Don’t make the newbie mistake of taking a cab all the way into London!
Biking around London can be a really fun and inexpensive way to see the city and get you from place to place on a nice day.
The bikes with “Santander” written on them are fondly known as “Boris Bikes” after Boris Johnson who was the Mayor of London when the bike program launched.
- You can hire bikes using London’s public cycle hire scheme, Santander Cycles.
- There are more than 750 docking stations and 11,500 bikes to hire around London.
- It costs £2 to access a Santander Cycles bike for 24 hours; the first 30 minutes of each journey is free.
- For longer journeys, it costs an extra £2 for each additional 30 minutes.
- Bikes can be hired using a bank card at the docking station or using the official app.
“I’ve been walking about London for the last 30 years, and I find something fresh in it every day.” – Walter Besant
Most things in central London can be seen on walking and it’s a great way to make more room for all those delicious foods you’ll be eating! Plus, if you’re on a budget it’s the best way to get around London. Be sure to check the distance between you and your destination on Google Maps. You’ll be able to see a different view of London by walking the city. London is full of beautiful parks and they can make great short-cuts and lovely walks.
And that’s it for our guide to public transport options in London! What’s your favorite way to get around in London? Any tips to share? Pop them in our comments below!