London is one of the popular destinations among holiday travellers and with its strategic location, it’s easy for visitors to access other regions of England. London has a well developed public transport network, and if you are a first-time visitor, you must plan in advance on the means of transport to use. This section will focus on some of the conventional methods of transport around London, which you can use when getting around the city.
London transport is divided into zones which are numbered from the central business district, which are Zones 1 and 2, to the outer most regions such as Heathrow airport which is in Zone 6. When in London, there are several ways you can purchase your tickets, which include buying individual tickets, using a travelcard, or a contactless card, which makes it easier and convenient for travellers to move around the city.
- The River Boat
London has a river which runs through the city; hence, the waterway is a common means of transport. Thames Clippers are licenced by “Transport for London” (TfL) which controls all aspects related to transport in the city. There are four boat routes which run from the east of London at Woolwich, to as far as Putney, which is in the west of the city.
- Underground Metro; the Tube
The underground metro, or the “Tube” as it is popularly known, is the oldest in the world and runs over a distance of 250 miles across 270 stations. The Tube ferries over a billion passengers each year and interestingly, despite the name, less than 50% of the track is underground. The Tube operates on a 24 hours basis on some routes, while in other areas it runs from 5.00 am to midnight. If you are a visitor, it’s better to avoid the underground stations during weekdays between 7.30 am, and 9.30 am and 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm because of the rush hour.