Transport in London

How to travel when you’re in London. Information about the trains, trams, buses and taxis.

Travel safely! – Sarah Enjoy London


How to transport yourself in London..

  • With The Bus

London’s popular red buses are a fast, handy and also inexpensive way to travel around the city, along with lots of sightseeing and tour chances along the road.

You can not pay your London bus fare with cash money. A single bus fare costs ₤ 1.50. You could pay this fare by using a visitor Oyster card, an Oyster card, a Travel card or with a contactless payment card. If you will only use buses and trams to travel thru London, you will pay a maximum of ₤ 4.40 per day, just as long as you use the very same card or contactless payment card whenever you have to pay.

To pay for your trip just simply move your Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card or contactless payment card on the yellow card reader that is on board at every bus, or show the driver your paper Travel card ticket. Don’t forget to only use the card you have to pay with and keep all other cards separate. If you don’t have any credit anymore on your Visitor Oyster card, you will still be able to have one additional journey on a bus. After that you have to top up your credit before you can use your card again.

Buses will only stop at the marked bus stops. They wont stop if someone just randomly wants to get out between bus stops. To inquire the driver to let you get out at the following bus stop, push one of the red buttons which can be located on the trustworthy metal blog posts throughout the bus. You will probably hear a bell and see a “bus quiting” light so the bus driver knows that you want to get out.


  • The London Tube

London is actually provided by 12 tube lines, together with the Docklands Light Train (DLR) and also a connected train system nearby. Underground trains commonly operate between 5 am and midnight, Monday to Saturday, with reduced operating hours on Sunday.

London’s public transport network is divided into nine travel zones. Zone 1 is in Central London and zones 6 to 9 are on the outskirts of the city. Buy a Visitor Oyster Card or use a contactless payment card to get the best value as cash is the most expensive way to pay. An adult cash fare for a single journey in zone 1 is £4.80. The same fare with Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card or contactless payment card is £2.30.

  • The DLR

The Docklands Light Train (DLR) connects with the tube network at Bank as well as Tower Gateway (Tower Hillside) stations and at Shadwell, Stratford, Bow, Heron Quays, Canning Community and also Canary Jetty. The DLR serves Beckton, Stratford and Greater london City Airport to the East and North East, and also Docklands, Greenwich and Lewisham to the South.

The DLR runs from 5.30 am-12.30 am from Monday till Saturday, and from 7 am till 11.30 pm on Sunday. DLR prices are the same as the Tube.

You could pay for your DLR fare with a visitor Oyster card, Oyster card or contactless payment card.

  • London trams
Trams run in components of South London in between Wimbledon, Croydon, Beckenham and New Addington. The services are regular and also accessible. London’s tram network, Tramlink, was presented to South London in 2000. The London tram network ranges from Wimbledon through Croydon to Beckenham, where it has shown a prominent method of transport.All access to trams is step-free. There is no need to use ramps or other unique features to board. Furthermore, all tram traveling is totally free for people in a wheelchair, irrespective of whether or not they hold a Freedom Pass.Bus passes are valid for the whole bus and tram network and are not split into zones. The standard grown-up prices for bus passes are:
  • 7 Day – £20.20
  • 1 month – £77.60
  • 1 year – £808
  • London taxis

Complete your Greater London experience with a trip in one of the city’s black taxicabs. Greater London’s official cabs, black cabs can be hailed in the street or at marked ranks located in popular locations, including many mainline rail, tube as well as bus stations. They could also be booked by telephone.

If the yellow TAXI indicator at the front of the cab is lit up, the cab is available for hire. Black cabs are legitimately required to handle any type of task for quests up to 12 miles (20 miles for taxicabs at the Heathrow Airport terminal taxi ranks), or up to an one hour period.

Fares are metered, and there is a minimal cost of ₤ 2.40. Surcharges apply when you take a black cab from Heathrow, book by telephone as well as on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Numerous black cabs allow payment by credit rating or debit card but check with the driver prior to the travel starts. Card payments bring in additional charges.


  • London Cycle Hire

London’s public bike plan, Santander Patterns, is offered 24/7, 365 days a year. There are more than 10,000 bikes and also over 700 bike docking stations across whole London to aid you get around promptly and also effortlessly. The system consists South West London so now you could saddle up anywhere from Shepherds Bush to Canary Dock as well as Wandsworth Community to Camden Town.

Starting is easy– just hire a bike, ride it where you like, after that return it to any of the hundreds of docking stations across the city.

It will cost you ₤ 2 to access the bikes for 1 Day, and also the first half an hour of each journey is totally free. Longer journeys cost ₤ 2 for each added Thirty Minutes. Bear in mind, if you aren’t using a bike, dock it. You can hire a bike as many times as you like within the bike access duration you have purchased.