London is a vibrant city. To help you understand how the capital is connected we have put together a simple guide to all the different modes of transport.
London Transport for Dummies
Whether you are staying in the centre of town or on the outskirts of London, the access to public transport is unmatched by anywhere else in the world (at least in our opinion).
Here are just a few ways that you can explore:
Trains – Tube/DLR/Overground
There are 6 zones with different costs per zone. Oyster card or contactless recommended for the Tube (London Underground) & Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
During rush hour and when it rains they are busiest – and no, it doesn’t always rain in London.
Single and double decker, route depending. Mostly front entry.
Oyster card or contactless. Cash is not accepted on buses.
Travel as many buses as you like in an hour for only £1.50. Remember you don’t have to tap when you get off!
With bike stations all over London, there is always somewhere to pick up or drop off a bike. There is also a new cycle superhighway, making it easier to travel by bike.
Cheaper than a gym membership? We think so! (You may hear them being referred to as Boris bikes).
With so many types of taxis (black cabs, minicabs, Uber?) to take, you are spoilt for choice.
Though if you are going to take one, the black cab is the safest option. They study The Knowledge and have an inside out understanding of London. Bye bye satnav, hello black cab.
Other public transport
- Boat – Thames Clipper travels along the Thames.
- Trams – South London.
- Emirates Air Line – a cable car link across the River Thames. Runs from Greenwich to the Royal Docks.
All above accept Oyster card and contactless.
Have a look at Tfl’s Journey Planner.
In some parts of London it is better to walk than to take public transport.
If the weather is good and you have the time, it is by far the best option to truly experience the city.
After all London is a walkable city.
Now you know how to navigate London like a local. If you’re curious how far our serviced apartments are from the main modes of transport you can find this information on each listing, making navigating the city a breeze.