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- Posted:Friday, February 19, 2010
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I'm on a bit of a London buzz at the moment having spent six days over there! But seeing as I wrote all about where to go yesterday, I thought it only fair to tell you how to get there today! After all what good is knowing where to go but getting lost along the way!
London is one of Europe's largest capital cities and covers a lot of ground so if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing then make sure you do a little bit of research into transport around London. Probably the top and best means of transport around London is the tube/ underground. This means of transport is used by workers, students, tourists and well, everyone! Opening hours depend on what line and whether it's a weekday or not but the first tubes start running around 5.30am until just after midnight.
If you are only going to use the tube once or twice then you can purchase your tickets at the station. If you will be there for the day then getting a day travel pass would be ideal but be aware of the off-peak and peak travel restrictions on some of these. If you are going to be a student in the city of London then look into getting a student Oyster card. Normal pay as you go Oyster cards are also available and are incredibly convenient as you just top up your credit as you go. They are also handy if you are rushing to make a tube as there is no fumbling around for change and you just flash your card against the Oyster symbol as you go in and out of the stalls. These Oyster cards can also be used on London city buses.
Speaking of buses, the double decker red buses can be seen all over the city and are a great way of getting around while seeing some of the sights of London. Bus route maps are available and are very easy to navigate. Buses in London are also are great means of transport after a night out. Taxi's can be a bit expensive in London so getting a night bus home can be an easy and cheap means of getting home.
Getting to and from the airports is pretty easy too with great train and bus routes on offer. From Gatwick you can get the Gatwick Express train from Victoria station that goes direct to Gatwick airport in a half hour. From Luton you can get a bus to a couple of city centre stops or get the shuttle bus to the airport train station and get a train to King's Cross/ St. Pancras station. From Stansted airport there are again buses such as Terravision and EasyBus, as well as trains to Victoria. And from Heathrow you can take the tube as well as bus and train services.
So getting around London should be no hassle for you now! For more information on London why not check out our London City Guide. And make sure you have somewhere nice and comfy to stay after all that travelling around by booking into one of our cheap London hostels here