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How the London underground works

The London Underground is the predominant transport system in the central London area. The « tube «, as it is called by the Londoners, has more than 1500 km of network, therefore it covers almost the whole city. It is definitely the fastest method of touring London and thanks to its excellent organization makes its use easy. It is the oldest metro in the world since it was inaugurated more than 150 years ago. In addition to the 11 usual underground subway lines, there is the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) which is the one that is commonly used to leave the City airport and comprises the east and southeast part of the city; and the Overground that runs north and northeast and is not exclusively underground, as it emerges to the surface in large sections. Both formations are smaller than the normal subway and have no driver. To travel by subway in London it is important to know the areas that we are going to visit because you have to pay the amount according to it. The zones increase in price as they move away from the center. That is, 1 is the cheapest and 9 is the most expensive of all. We recommend you download the metro map to get a sense of the areas from the official website. Click here to see it. Its opening hours are at 5 am and it closes at midnight. On weekends and holidays, some of its lines (Victoria, Central, Jubilee, Northern, and Piccadilly) operate 24 hours a day. The advantage of its enormous size means that you should not wait more than 3 minutes between one train and another. Another point to note is that subway prices vary depending on the schedule. Rates are divided between " Peak " (peak hour, more expensive) and...

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How the London underground works

The London Underground is the predominant transport system in the central London area. The « tube «, as it is called by the Londoners, has more than 1500 km of network, therefore it covers almost the whole city. It is definitely the fastest method of touring London and thanks to its excellent organization makes its use easy. It is the oldest metro in the world since it was inaugurated more than 150 years ago. In addition to the 11 usual underground subway lines, there is the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) which is the one that is commonly used to leave the City airport and comprises the east and southeast part of the city; and the Overground that runs north and northeast and is not exclusively underground, as it emerges to the surface in large sections. Both formations are smaller than the normal subway and have no driver. To travel by subway in London it is important to know the areas that we are going to visit because you have to pay the amount according to it. The zones increase in price as they move away from the center. That is, 1 is the cheapest and 9 is the most expensive of all. We recommend you download the metro map to get a sense of the areas from the official website. Click here to see it. Its opening hours are at 5 am and it closes at midnight. On weekends and holidays, some of its lines (Victoria, Central, Jubilee, Northern, and Piccadilly) operate 24 hours a day. The advantage of its enormous size means that you should not wait more than 3 minutes between one train and another. Another point to note is that subway prices vary depending on the schedule. Rates are divided between " Peak " (peak hour, more expensive) and " Off-Peak " (outside peak time, cheaper). Peak hours are Monday through Friday from 6.30 am to 9.30 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm (except holidays). If possible, avoid traveling at peak times to save some money.

How London buses work

Red, double cab and the driver sit on the right. Very poetic, right? Now imagine 17,000 stops and more than 400 different lines. But don't panic, it's not as complex as it seems. The best thing you can do in these cases is to chart your day in advance, to know how to get to your destination without dying in the attempt. A good way to do this is to consult by clicking here the various routes and stops that the different buses make to draw the most convenient route. The most important thing you should know (in addition to the route) is that the bus service starts at 5 am and ends at midnight but then there are many lines that continue to function and are identified with the letter N. The bus ticket has a cost of £ 1.50 and you will not be able to pay it in cash. You can only pay with a contactless credit card, with the Oyster Card or the London Pass with transport, which we will deal with later. If you want to travel unlimitedly throughout the day, you can buy a bus pass for £ 5 (although we anticipate that using the Oyster capping system is cheaper; more information in the transport passes section). It is important to highlight a custom that buses have in almost all England that when touching the stop (which is usually in your own space or in a common but accessible area) you must wait for the bus to stop completely and then you can only get up and descend. Otherwise, it is likely that you will take a challenge from the driver or one of the passengers. Compared to the subway, London buses have the great advantage that they bring you closer to several places where the tube stops may not arrive, so they can save you some blocks of walking. The best thing to plan your trip is to mark the stops you want to make on a map and see if the tube or bus is more convenient for you. Both services are efficient and will surely take you to your destination on time. for a taxi service e14 cabs

How to get around London by boat

Because London is not just double-decker red buses and its famous taxis we present this floating alternative. With its 346 kilometers, the River Thames invites you to be navigated and what better way to do it in the picturesque London basin? If you are on a walk and have a little free time, we recommend this option so that you can see London in this way from a completely different point of view and thus avoid traffic jams and crowds. In addition, most of these boats are very comfortable, so you can even travel enjoying tasty tea or coffee in the on-board cafe. The two main companies that cross the river are River Bus and TRS (Thames River Services) and in their official pages, you can see their routes, schedules, and prices. Keep in mind that with the Oyster Card you will have discounts and with the TravelCard pass, most trips are included.

How to cycle around London

Another good way to get to know this great city is the bicycle. Everyone who has lived in England knows how usual it is to use it and learns, from day one, that it is common to pedal in the rain. It is not news that this is the most favorable system for health, faster and definitely cheaper for its inhabitants. London is extremely prepared to house cyclists and drivers are extremely respectful of them. The Santander Cycles company offers bicycles in various parts of the city; They can be removed in one of them and returned in another without any problem. Prices range from £ 2 per hour to £ 5 all week. But if you want to just try how you feel, the first half-hour is totally free. You just have to sign up at the rental stations or on the official website by clicking here so you can associate your credit card as a guarantee. Put on your helmet (mandatory) and go for a ride!

How to get around London by taxi

Popular, picturesque and comfortable. Thus the London Black Cabs could be defined. It could also be added that they are the ones with the most expensive fare in all of Europe. Undoubtedly, the experience of taking one is something worthwhile, especially if you travel with a large group of people as they have the capacity to transport 5 passengers. You should keep in mind that the rates vary according to the day and the schedule, being weekends, holidays and every day after 22 hours the most expensive: for example, making 20 blocks at night can cost up to £ 10 Anyway, and if you can indulge yourself, we recommend you do even a few blocks as a tourist experience and to feel all English.
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