Getting around London

The London Underground

The London Underground rail network, or "the Tube" is a great way to travel to and from central London. 

Greater London is served by 11 Tube lines, along with the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and an interconnected local train network. Underground trains generally run between 5am and midnight, Monday to Saturday, with reduced operating hours on Sunday.

London Tube is divided into nine travel zones. Zone 1 is in central London and zones 6 to 9 are on the outskirts of the city.

You can pick up a London Underground Map upon arrival at any London Tube station. London Travel Information centres sell tickets and provide free maps. There are centres at all Heathrow Airport terminals, major stations in London and at Tourist Information Centres.

London Tube Map

London Transportation Fares & Payments

 

Taxi and Minicabs

From iconic London black cabs to local minicabs, they've got all the traveller information you need to help you travel around London by taxi.

  • Only black cabs can be hailed in the street. If the yellow TAXI sign is on, the cab is available for hire.
  • Black cabs are metered and there is a minimum charge of £2.60.
  • Minicabs can be a cheaper alternative, ask prices before hand as they are not on a meter.
  • Be sure to book with a licensed minicab with a Transport for London license disc: unbooked minicabs are illegal, unsafe and uninsured.

Complete your London experience with a ride in one of the city's black cabs. London's official taxis, black cabs can be hailed in the street or at designated ranks situated in prominent places, including many mainline rail, Tube and bus stations. They can also be booked by telephone.

If the yellow TAXI sign at the front is illuminated, the cab is available for hire. Black cabs are legally obliged to take on any job for journeys up to 12 miles (20 miles for cabs at the Heathrow Airport taxi ranks), or up to one-hour duration.

More detail about Taxis & Minicabs

 

London Bus and Tram

London Bus

London's iconic double-decker buses are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around the city, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way.

You cannot pay your London bus fare with cash. A single bus fare costs £1.50. You can pay this fare by using a Visitor Oyster card, an Oyster card, a Travelcard or with a contactless payment card.

 

London Tram

Trams run in parts of south London between Wimbledon, Croydon, Beckenham and New Addington. The services are frequent and accessible.

The London tram network runs from Wimbledon through Croydon to Beckenham, where it has proven a popular mode of transport.

All access to trams is step-free. There is no need to use ramps or any other special features to board. Additionally, all tram travel is free for wheelchair users, irrespective of whether or not they hold a Freedom Pass.

Bus and Tram Fares

Key Bus Routes in Central London