Exploring London By Tube Is Cheap And Means Avoiding Traffic Jams

Sightseeing London by tube is not only cheap but also saves you travelling time. All of its sights, pubs, restaurants and bars, as well as theatres, cinemas and endless shopping opportunities, are easily accessible by the London underground network.

There are 275 Tube stations on the London underground system and the majority of them are located north of the River Thames. Several parts of south London are not serviced by the underground network but is well serviced by London buses. Travelcards are printed tickets available for one, three or seven consecutive days, and for various combinations of travel zones.

An Oyster card is London's travel smartcard. You add money to it so you can pay as you go on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London overground and some National Rail services. An Oyster card always charges the lowest fare. If it doesn't Transport for London will refund you the difference.

A special Oyster card is available for overseas visitors to allow visitors to buy an Oyster card before they arrive in the Capital. This will enable them to travel to their final destination with ease.

Both the Travelcard and the Oyster cards fare are cheaper than standard single tickets and will not cost more than a single day Travelcard. Cheap Travelcards are restricted for use after 9.30am.

Leicester Square Underground Station

For the safety and convenience of users of the London underground, there are a few easy rules that you should follow:

  • When on escalators, stand on the right so that other users who are in a hurry can walk pass you on the left.
  • When the train arrives at the platform, move away from the doors to let passengers off the train first, before you go on board the train.
  • Plan you journey so you can move through the station easily without blocking other users while you stop to check the map.
  • If you can, avoid travelling with luggage at peak times.
  • Avoid eating smelly food while travelling through London by tube.
  • Smoking is banned in the London underground.
  • As a precaution against terrorist attacks, there are no litter bins in the tube stations. So please take your litter with you.
  • If you see suspicious, unattended packages, report it immediately to a member of the London Underground staff.
  • Don't forget to bring along a bottle of water if the weather gets very hot.

London Underground Escalators

The London underground lines are colour-coded on the underground maps.

Listed below, in no particular order, are the London Underground Lines to help you explore London by tube.

  • Circle Line (Yellow)
  • District Line (Green)
  • Norther Line (Black)
  • Jubilee Line (Grey)
  • Victoria Line (Light Blue)
  • Piccaidlly Line (Dark Blue)
  • Hammersmith & City Line (Pink)
  • Waterloo & City Line (Turquoise/Very Light Blue)
  • East London Line (Orange)
  • Metropolitan Line (Deep Purple)

It is very easy to travel in London by tube. Listed below are some of the London attractions you can visit using the London Underground:

  • Parliament Square, The London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall (Westminster Station - Circle, District & Jubilee Lines)
  • Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery (Charing Cross Station - Northern & Bakerloo Lines)
  • Tower Bridge

  • Tower of London, Tower Bridge (Tower Hill Station - Circle & District Lines)
  • The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, Vitoria & Albert Museum (South Kensington Station - Circle, District & Piccadilly Lines)
  • St James's Park, Buckingham Palace, Queen's Gallery (St James's Park Station - Circle & District Lines)
  • Shopping in Oxford Street, Bond Street & Regent Street (Central Line - Marble Arch, Bond Street, Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road Stations)
  • Harrods & Harvey Nichols (Knightsbridge Station - Piccadilly Line)
  • West End Theatres, Chinatown (Piccadilly Circus Station - Piccadilly & Bakerloo Lines) (Leicester Square Station - Piccadilly & Northern Lones) (Covent Garden - Piccadilly Line)
  • Hyde Park (Hyde Park Corner Station - Piccadilly Line) (Marble Arch Station - Central Line)
  • Regent's Park (Bakerloo Line Station)

Although exploring London by tube is easy, it would be advisable to do your planning first before you travel to save you time.

For your convenience, here is a list of Hotels in London

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