- a thematic guide to Great Britain
and transport in LONDON
LONDON is one of the biggest cities in Europe, and
it has one of the
world's largest public transport systems. Today's public transport in
London includes buses, suburban trains, the Underground (also called
the Tube), the DLR or Docklands Light Railway, and some modern tram
London's public transport system is primarily managed in order to
provide transport for people living and working in the city, who use
travel passes and cards. It is not user-friendly for people who want to
buy one ticket at a time, for each journey. So even if you
are a tourist in London, it is
to buy one of the different passes
or cards available.
travel tips for Tourists
1. Warning. Do
not drive into London by
car, if you can avoid
To travel into London from outside the city, take
the train or a bus service ! Traffic is
difficult everywhere in the British capital, and the streets of central
London are paid access. Parking is expensive.
Visitors touring Britain by car are
advised to leave the car in the suburbs and take the train into town.
Daily travelcards, ordinary contactless credit cards, or "Oystercards"
can be used on buses, underground
the Docklands Light Railway.
2 Buy a travelcard or an Oystercard...
or even a pass... or just use
your contactless credit card or debit card
Easy ! Use
contactless credit card
London leads the world
it comes to simplifying payment on public transport.
Most contactless credit
cards or debit cards (that's right, the ordinary Visa, Mastercard, Amex
etc. you have in your pocket right now )
be used to pay for single or multiple journeys on London's buses and
underground. Cards from over 150 countries can be used - and if your
card works elsewhere in Britain, it should work in contactless mode on
How much does it cost ?
If you use a card from another
bank or card company may charge a transaction or exchange fee, as it
does each time you use it abroad. However
if you use the same card for several journeys by bus or underground on
the same day, they will all be charged as a single payment, which cannot
exceed a total of
for a single day for travel within zones 1 -
2. (central London and near suburbs), and up to £10.10 or
travel in zones 1-6.
not practical for family trave,
traveller (including children) must have his or her own contactless
card, and all travel is charged at the adult rate.
The amount charged for travel in London in a day is always
capped (i.e. limited to a daily maximum charge) , and will depend on
the zones in which you travel
kind of ticket?
The choice of public transport tickets is very
confusing for visitors; for tourists, the
solutions - and if you plan to make several journeys in the day, the
cheapest solutions - are to buy a one
(or a 1 week travelcard) or use your ordinary
contactless credit or debit card (see above).
Buy on the day
This is the easiest, and in many cases the cheapest solution.
Travelcards can be bought on the day at the London area station where
you first start your journey.
If you plan to come in by train from outside the
London area transport zone (outside Greater London), you may be able to
buy a travel card covering your journey to and from London, and
transport within London for the day. Check with your local station.
Alternatively, arrange to reach London after 9.30 a.m, then buy
when you reach London, for use in the London area .
London daily adult Travelcard prices 2020
Anytime - Zones 1-4,
Anytime - Zones 1-6, £18.60
Off-peak (for use after 9.30 am) - zones
Zones 1-4 cover central London, and include such tourist
destinations as Wembley, Wimbledon, the 02 arena,
Greenwich and London city Airport.
There are a few stations, all of them to the northwest of
London, that are in zones 7-9. A daily off-peak travelcard
covering zones 1-9 costs £13.90
Oystercards are prepaid travel passes. Journeys
are charged one by one, at a discounted
price compared to the single ticket price; there is a daily cap on
charges, which will never exceed the cost of a daily travelcard, and
may well be less..
Visitors can buy Oyster cards on the Transport for London website
but this may not be the best solution for visitors spending only a few
are easier but slightly more expensive: contactless credit cards
simple and may be cheaper - but beware each person must have a
different card, and there are no child concessions.
London pass (attractions) with travel
in advance: London
attractions + travel
You can add a travel card to the Turbopass London city Pass
, if you order in advance. With
1, 2 or 3-day Pass +
, you get free use of public transport
included in your Pass, as well as free access to lots of attractions.
for the different passes
Traditional single tickets can be purchased for any journey, but this
usually the best solution.
⛔ You cannot use
cash, notes or coins
to buy tickets on board London's
use a contactless credit card.
See Warnings below, and credit card use above
can be used all over London: for people travelling together,
will often be cheaper than taking single-journey tube or
underground tickets. You can also use online services such as Uber.
Avoid buying single journey tickets.
Public transport in central London is NOT
user-friendly for visitors, tourists and occasional users,
and is very expensive for them, unless paid for with a contactles
credit card or debit card.
You cannot use cash,
notes or coins
to buy tickets on board
You can use a contactless credit card.
Single journeys ( or up to an hour's travel) on the buses
in central London cost £1.50 each. and on the underground
they cost a huge £4.90 if paid for at the station, or
if charged to an Oyster card or a contactless debit/credit
For two people travelling together, a short taxi ride (up to
minutes) will cost less than two single tube tickets.......
there are three of you, you can take a 20 minute taxi ride for less
than the cost of three single tube tickets.
So unless you really plan to make a maximum of only three
bus journeys in a day, or one journey on the Tube, buy a Travelcard. If
possible, plan in advance ! Better still, use your contactless card.
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