Transport in London
Transport in London (Getting Around London)
When looking for transport in London you’re spoiled for choice, there’s many ways of getting around London. This fantastic city is one of the great cities of the world for just about every thing you can imagine and it’s transportation system is one of them.
From it’s gleaming red buses on which you can see the world famous Tourist Attractions of London, such as Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, St Pauls Cathedral, The Tower of London and many more sights.
These buses are just about everywhere you turn your head. In every conceivable direction you care to gaze, you will see several of them and if you jump on one of them, you will have a fantastic view of London by travelling on the upper deck.
William Gladstone once observed that, “….the way to see London is from the top of a bus”. He was of course referring to London’s double-decker horse drawn Omnibuses.
The old and much loved rear-entrance “Routemaster” double decker buses, which became one of London’s most famous symbols, (A lot of London tourist souvenirs still continue to have images of the old Routemaste on them, with many of these objects still in existence around the world) have now all but disappeared from the London Streets, all routes having been phased out of service save for two “Heritage Lines”.
The two “Heritage Lines” are route 15 which runs from Trafalgar Square to Tower Hill and route 9 which runs from Kensington High Street to the Aldwych.
These are however, tendered short workings on two existing routes, which ensures that passengers in wheelchairs or other mobility problems, have alternatives to the Routemaster buses, which are not accessible.
You can hire one of the equally famous London Black Cabs, which are everywhere and a popular London Tourist Attraction in themselves.
There is the London Underground lovingly known as the Tube by Londoners.
The best way to see London however, is to walk and it is completely free. Every one of the main tourist attractions are within walking distance.
If walking is not your cup of tea though, or you plan to see different sights in one day then purchase a one day travelcard (they work out much cheaper than single fares)
If your stay in London is for several days, then you should really think about an Oyster Card. It will only charge you the fare for the journey you make, but it will never charge you more than the cost of a daily travel pass.
- The London Tube
- London Buses
- London River Bus And Thames River Cruises
- Trains In London
- The Docklands Light Railway
- The Oyster Card