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.
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.
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.
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 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.