London is a big city. If you are here for a holiday, it can be daunting trying to work out how to get from A to B. Luckily there are many different options. We do not recommend hiring a car to get around the city, driving can be complicated. There are many bus lanes and different rules to follow. Plus the pedestrian traffic can be interesting to deal with! Whether you’re going one mile or ten there will be a range of different options for you to contend with.
Read on and find out how to get around London without driving.
One of the best, and quickest, ways to get around London is to use either the underground or overground. The underground Tube and the overground DLR system are both very easy to use. Between the systems, they cover the vast majority of London.
The best way to pay for your travel is to use an Oyster Cards. Visitor Oyster Cards are smart cards with pay as you go credit. They work out cheaper than buying paper single tickets. You tap your card on the reader at the start of your journey to get through the barrier. Then you tap it again to get back out at your destination. Easy!
You can use a contactless debit/credit card also, just check you don’t get any overseas transaction fees.
Taxis are another fairly reasonable way to get around London. They are the best option if you are getting from airport or train station to your hotel. There are some things to note about getting taxis in London. The famous black cabs are the only ones that can be hailed on the street. You cannot hail a private minicab driver. Non-booked taxis are actually illegal in London, therefore if you are trying to get around, either hail a black cab or have your hotel phone you a minicab from a reputable local service.
The bus is one of the most scenic ways to get yourself from A to B in London. It’s also very cheap! The Visitor Oyster card mentioned earlier can also be used on the buses, making it a very handy thing to have. The only difference between tube and bus is that on the bus, you only need to tap getting on, not getting off.
One of the perks of buses is that they run 24hrs a day. This means you will never get stuck if you want to stay out a bit later.
The best way to get from A to B is to walk! Especially when moving from, for example, Leicester Square to Covent Garden, the walk is only a few minutes and will allow you to take pictures and see the sights. It’s better for you too and completely free! Just make sure to follow the rules of the road and stay safe!