The Definitive London Travel Guide HTML version

City Transport
London's transport network is among the most complex and
expensive in the world. The London Transport (LT) travel
information office , at Piccadilly Circus tube station (daily 9am-
6pm), will provide free transport maps; there are other desks at
Euston Station, Heathrow (terminals 1, 2 and 3), King's Cross,
Liverpool Street, Paddington and Victoria stations. There's also
a 24-hour phone line for transport information (tel 020/7222
1234), and a Web site giving real-time travel news ( If you can, avoid travelling during
the rush hour (Mon-Fri 8-9.30am & 5-7pm) when tubes become
unbearably crowded, and some buses become full to
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To get the best value out of the transport system, buy a
Travelcard . Available from machines and booths at all tube and
train stations, and at some newsagents (look for the sticker),
these are valid for the bus, tube, Docklands Light Railway, and
suburban rail networks.
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One-Day Travelcards , valid on weekdays from 9.30am and all
day at weekends, cost £3.90 (central zones 1 and 2), rising to
£4.70 for all zones (1-6, including Heathrow); the respective
Weekend Travelcards , for unlimited travel on Saturday and
Sunday, cost £5.80 for zones 1-2, and £7 for zones 1-6. If you
need to travel before 9.30am on a weekday, but don't need to
use suburban trains, you can buy a One-Day LT Card , which
costs from £5 (zones 1 and 2) to £7.50 (all zones). Weekly
Travelcards are even more economical, beginning at £18.20 for
zones 1 and 2; for these cards you need a photocard ,
available free of charge from tube and train stations on
presentation of a passport-sized photo.
The Tube
The eleven different London Underground - or tube - lines cross
much of the metropolis, although London south of the river is not
very well covered. Each line has its own colour and name - all
you need to know is which direction you're travelling in:
northbound, eastbound, southbound or westbound. Services
operate from around 5.30am Monday to Saturday, and from
7.30am on Sundays, and end around midnight every day; you
rarely have to wait more than five minutes for a train between
central stations.