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Different transport options in London

Spending a holiday in the city of London is always a memorable experience. With countless sights and both modern and medieval tourist attractions on offer, people of all age groups can have a whale of a time in this historic capital of the United Kingdom.  And there are awesome deals to be had on both travel and accommodation if you travel to the city in the tourist off-season.

Choosing the right location to stay is important to enjoy a terrific holiday in the city. It is always a good idea to stay in the heart of the city with the 4 Star hotels in Paddington London a much sought after location.

There are numerous fine hotels in the area like the Park Grand London Hyde Park Hotel that offers the finest in luxury and facilities, at an affordable cost.  And apart from being close to the many attractions in Central London it also offers a wide variety of public modes of transport to commute to other parts of the suburbs and even beyond.

London is renowned for its well developed public transport system and you will never fall sort of travel options to choose from while in London. Some of the best modes of public transport in the city include:

The Tube

The London Underground or the Tube as it is popularly known is the oldest underground rail system in operation in the world. With almost 300 stations you can be sure of not being too distant from the Tube. And there are a variety of fare options to choose from, so you can pick one which will be best suited for your travel during your stay in the city. Subject to your travel requirements you could opt for a Travelcard or a pre-paid Oyster Visitor Card. The trips you make around London will depend on the travel zone and distance you travel. While Oyster Cards are the best option you need to decide what would be most economical for you to use during your sojourn in London.

And familiarise yourself with the London Tube map. You need to have a fairly good idea of the layout so that you can travel conveniently and without any hassle to the different destinations you need to visit. London is divided into 6 travel zones with Central London in Zone 1 and the rest of the zones spreading concentrically as you move away from the centre of the city. The further you move away from Central London the higher will be the travel fare. You could choose to download the London Tube app or even get a free paper map at any of the Tube Stations.

Red Bus & Santander Cycles

Buses

While the Underground is definitely an asset, it is not necessarily always the best or only option to consider. Using the Tube may not always be the most convenient and it can also pose a challenge for those travelling with kids. An effective alternative is the urban bus network that the city of London offers its residents and visitors. It is one of the biggest bus networks of its kind and is great way to travel and sightsee around the city. Of the many scenic routes no’s 9 &15 are described as heritage routes, as they cover numerous city landmarks along the trip. These two routes are perfect for first time visitors to London. Payment on the London bus is either through Oyster Visitors Card or Travelcards, as cash travel has been discontinued on the bus network.  To ensure you have a smooth hassle free journey plan your trip well in advance.  Riding the buses is a far cheaper alternative than taking a trip on the Tube network. The only downside is that you will have heavy traffic to content with! 

Overground

While travel on the Overground is similar to the Tube the primary difference is that it is obviously above the ground. The Overground is fairly new mode of travel in the city as it only came into existence in 2007. This was done as to compensate for the lack of Tube connectivity to certain parts of the city and beyond. The tickets have similar fares like the Tube and are also zone-based.  As a norm you do not have swipe or touch your payment card, if you change from the Overground to the Tube (if they are within the same fare zone) though there are some stations where you may need to.   The logo for the Overgound is similar to the Tube with only the title and colour of the circle different.  

DLR (Docklands Light Railway)

The London Docklands Railways (DLR) is an automated rail system that is specifically used for travel in the docklands area of the city. This lies in the south east and east of the city. The predominant difference between the Tube and the Overground is that this system is entirely automated. The fair pricing is similar to the Tube and the Overground and follows the same fare zone policy. It is preferably recommended to swipe or touch in and out at the beginning and end of each trip.

Docklands Light Railway

Rail Services

Apart from the mentioned railway options, the city also has an actual suburban railway network that connects the suburbs to the centre of the city. There also are trains like the Eurostar Rail that travel to countries in Europe. The three major airports of London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are also serviced by the rail network.

Tram

These cater to visitors and travellers in the South of London, from Wimbledon to Croydon and further to Beckenham. It is called the London Tramlink and consists of 17 miles of track and has four lines. It follows a fixed price per trip and you only need to touch once at the start of the trip.

Apart from these popular modes of transport there is the Emirates Air Line cable car service, river boats, the iconic black cabs or taxis and the London Cycle Hire scheme etc.

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