It is not easy for newcomers (tourists, students etc) to find to how to get around London area by using different trasnsport. So here are some useful tips you can use in order to get used to TFL (Transport For London) as well as London life.
London Transport System
- Tube: The quickest and easiet way to travel around. The best way of saving money is to get an oyster, a resuable electronic card which can be topped up to pay for all types of transport in London. You can get the card from any underground station, tourist information centre and the aiport (2.30 single fare).
- Bus/Tram: Takes longer, but cheaper than the tube (1.50 single fare). Can only be paid by oyster card. The new “Hopper Fare’ has now been introduced which you can now make a second bus or tram journey for free within one hour of touching in on the first bus or tram.
- Taxi: Most expensive way of transport, but can be used if you are in hurry (minumum fare 2.60). Can save some fares by using different taxi such as Uber, which will be explained later on.
For more information please visit: https://tfl.gov.uk/
You can also check any major works&closure (especially on weekends) by visiting: https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events?intcmp=25505
Useful London Apps
- London Official Guide: Where shows major attractions and landmarks in London by giving you information of how to get there etc.
- Time Out: One of London’s famous event magasine. You can find all the information regarding restaurants, exhibitions and reviews here.
- Dojo: Similar to Time Out, but it sorts out all the events by timeline.
- Goop: Simple, clear app giving you informaton on accomadtions, food and shops.
- Google Map: You can go anythere with this app, even outside London.
- City Mapper: Can only be used in London but gives all the information including time and fare.
- Uber: If you need taxi but black cap is too expensive then call Uber. You can liase with the driver directly on the app in much cheaper price. Make sure to call the taxi on the time though, as the driver does not wait for you for more than 5 mintues and you will be charged for the wait.
If you are from Europe, don’t worry about this as most of your mobile company will change your network automatically (roaming). If you are from anywhere else, it might be chepaer for you to buy a simcard than use the network from your country.
The sim can be easily purchased anywhere in the city or even in the airport (but little more expensive). You will need to buy pay as you go simcard where then you can top up from 10 pounds onwards. For example, if you buy a simcard from Three and top up 20 pounds,you can get 3000 texts and 300 minutes plus 12GB data.