Basic Commuting In and Around Central London for Tourists

Second article of my London Series. Now that you have swosssshhhed your way from the London Airports to Central London. It is time to think of “How to go around London and what is the best way to do it”. Take your time to read this on the web links I have attached or click the highlighted phrases for a more extensive explanation.

As anybody else would say, the best way to move around London is by using the London’s Underground Network, and the cheapest way to use this transport network is by having an OYSTER Card  What is an Oyster Card? Know all the details on this link:

https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/oyster/what-is-oyster?intcmp=1685

Next, Plan your journey. How to get from one point to the other.  Please use this website.

https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

You can type in the post code of your origin i.e. hotel, name of the bus stop, post code of your origin and destination on the search tab. So… you need to know where you are and where your are going when checking this website

Please check the important TIPS that I have learned from living in London. This is especially for tourists.

Tip 1! Buy your oyster card from the official underground stations ticketing offices upon arrival. Get a receipt of your purchase, you will need as you can return the card and get your deposit (cost of card) of £5, plus remaining balance back when you leave London.

Tip 2! Make sure you top up your Oyster card with a minimum of £12.50/day during your stay in London. This is the daily capping rate for Zone 1-2. You can use your Oyster Card on Red Buses and other transport links within the Greater London area. Read the website above. To check the rates check this link: Adult rate prices: All Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services and National Rail services in Z1-9

Tip 3! When staying in London for more than three days, better get a weekly travel card as a weekly rate is almost the same price as three days DAILY CAPPING COST.

Tip 4! It  would be cheaper to travel after 9:30 a.m off-peak rate and anytime at weekends.

Tip 5! If you are traveling for more that 3 days but not more than 7 days: buy a weekly travel card for zone 1-2. Don’t forget!!! You can use an Oyster card to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus services and most National Rail services in London.

Tip 6! Download an official London Underground Map App I am from London but I am still using one. It is important if you are going to use multiple underground lines for you to be able to know if where is the best station to change.

Tip 7! “Change” is the British word for “transfer” often used when using the transport network. The London Underground is also referred as the “Tube” so when you hear “tube station” it also means the underground station.  

Tip 8! If you get lost ask the staff at the underground station for directions, they have more time. Please avoid asking the bus drivers for  directions as they are running on scheduled trip and have not much time to explain to you. The only quick thing you can ask bus drivers is if his bus is going to your direction and that’s just a yes or no.

You might still get lost or have taken the longer route to your destination, but that is part of being a tourist, isn’t it? Most often than not, the time that we are able to adjust commuting to a new place is when we are about to leave.

I hope you find this post useful. Cheers and enjoy your stay in London! Next time, I will be writing about the London Hop on Hop Off Tour Buses.

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