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Travelling around London

Travelling around London

London has an extensive and convenient travel network, run by Transport for London. This includes the London Underground (also known as the tube), buses, trains, riverboats, trams and even a cable car!
 
Most Londoners buy a travel card called an Oyster card, as this is cheaper than buying single tickets for every journey. You can top it up to pay as you go, or buy a weekly, monthly or annual travel card if you are a regular public transport user.
 
Oyster cards work on most forms of London transport, though fares are higher for riverboat services and the Emirates cable car. They should also work on local train services within the London area. You can also use contactless debit or credit cards to pay for underground, train and bus journeys.
 
London Underground, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and National Rail services are divided in ‘travel zones’. Newcastle University London’s nearest underground station, Liverpool Street, is in travel zone 1. This map shows all travel zones within London.
 
Travelling across many zones can be expensive. However, all bus fares cost £1.50 per journey, which means that sometimes, buses can be a cheaper option.
 

Student discount

If you are studying for longer than 14 weeks, you will be able to buy an 18+ Student Oyster card that gives you a 30% discount on weekly, monthly or annual cards.
 
If you are not travelling often, then it may still be cheaper to buy a normal Oyster card and pay for single journeys. Applications cost £20, and you will need to be living at London address during term-time.
 

Cycling

Many people cycle in London, and many roads have cycle lanes to make it safer for cyclists. For a small fee, you can hire Boris Bikes from many London locations.
 
If you cycle in London, you need to take safety precautions and make sure your bicycle is secure. Always wear a helmet! You can find out more information and useful tips on the Transport for London website and through the Metropolitan Police.
 

Taxis

London is famous for its black cabs, and although they can be expensive, they are a safe way to get around if you end up stranded, lost or are out late at night. Under UK law, all minicabs (private taxis) must be licensed operate legally.
 
You should never get into a minicab if you are not sure if it has a license. You can find more information and book a licensed taxi here.
 
Uber, like in many other cities, is very popular in London. It can often be cheaper and quicker than a regular black cab, but be careful as in peak times fares can be very expensive.
 
Addison Lee, like Uber, also provides an easy, app-based service.
 

Citymapper

Citymapper is the ultimate transport app for travel in London. It allows you to plan your route from A to B, and gives you specific details of the best route to take – whether by bus, train, taxi, tube or boat.

The app also gives you live travel updates and lets you know if there are any delays. Citymapper is free, and is available on iPhone and Android, as well as being available as a web browser.