So you have decided to spend your vacation in London, and you’ve probably already looked at some London vacation rentals and decided where you’re going to stay, but how are you planning to get around the city, and will you hire a car, or take a bus or train?
What’s the easiest way to get from A to B in the bustling city, and how can you make your travels less stressful? We’re going to take a look at this now:
The great news is it’s very easy to get around London thanks to the fact that there is no shortage of transport options. Some people prefer to take the bus, others will happily take the London Underground (Also known as ‘The Tube’), whereas others will hop in a taxi whenever they please, but there are a few ‘Rules’ that if you stick to, your travels will be much easier, and cheaper too:
Never Use a Single Fare
When you’re about to hop on a bus you could be forgiven for thinking that buying a single fare (A one-way ticket) is a good idea, but you could actually be spending a lot more money than you really need to. Instead, buy what is known as an ‘Oyster Card’, especially if you’re going to be in town for at least 5 days. Oyster Cards use a pay as you go-like system, and they work out so much cheaper than travelling on a one-way ticket every now and then. If you really want to buy a single fare, you will need to be prepared to pay approximately £5 for the pleasure, but with an Oyster Card, you could be paying as little as £2.50 for the very same journey.
What’s more is you will have unlimited travel on London buses for the duration of your stay, or until your card expires. This means you can travel by bus every day if you please, and you won’t have to worry about having the right money for the driver.
One of the best things about travelling in London by bus is that you get to see the city while you travel and see what life is really like in one of the world’s top destinations. You may also be interested to know that most London buses tend to have spoken and written announcements, so you know exactly when and where you need to get off.
Using the London Underground
Also known as ‘The Tube’, the underground is simply one of the best and easiest ways to get around London. Ok, so you won’t have the opportunity to see as many sights as you would if you were travelling by bus, but it’s a very easy method of travel. Before you decide to hop on the tube you may want to pick up a map of the underground and work out where you are, and where you need to be. Maps can be picked up at train station ticket offices, and they’re completely free.
If you can, why not download a map of the London Underground, and let it work out which station you need to start off at, and where you need to travel to? It can make your time in London so much easier, and help you to avoid getting off the tube at the wrong platform!
The Night Tube
Recently opened, and a welcome addition to locals and visitors is the Night Tube. With five lines open and running a 24-hour service on Fridays and on Saturdays too, you have the option of hopping on a tube at Piccadilly, Victoria Central, and the Northern and Jubilee lines. So, if you think you’re going to be out until the early hours of the morning, you know you have a cheap and quick way to get back to your rental accommodation.
You may also be interested to know that the London Overground also has a 24-hour service on Fridays and on Saturdays. The service operates between Islington and New Cross Gate, however, this does not include Whitechapel.
Travelling by Taxi
You simply cannot visit London without jumping into a Taxi at least once. The iconic black cabs can make your trip a little more special and they are also a great way to get around the city and see the sights as you make your way to your destination. Please note that if you need to hail a taxi you can only hail black cabs, and only when their yellow light is on.
At the time of writing, there is a minimum charge of £2.60 per journey, and they can take you just about anywhere you need to be. You may also wish to know that you can travel up to 12 miles in a cab, or for up to one hour. If you think you need to travel for longer or further, ask the taxi driver before you get in as some may only want to take passengers on shorter journeys.
Please note that every black cab is wheelchair accessible, and they come with a variety of aids such as ramps, and intercom, and induction loop and others aids that can make travelling in the city so much easier for everyone.
As you can see, it’s entirely possible for you to travel around London with ease, and without too much trouble. Before you hop on board a bus, tube, or taxi please make sure you know where you need to be, and how you’re going to get there. Enjoy your time in London, and see the city from many different perspectives and get around with ease.