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London Transportation Information

London Transport: London Transport has details on the underground, buses, river transport, taxi hire, and local rail. You can plan your journey at the site and buy tickets online.

London Underground: You can also buy a travelcard from any underground station. There are machines to do this, but you will need change. Alternatively, you can get tickets from an agent at a ticket window. Tickets can be purchased for the day of travel, but a three day ticket is cheaper if you are staying that long.

There are underground Ďhelpersí at the stations who are available to answer questions and guide you in the right direction. If you want to know how to get to a particular attraction, they have books that list them all and can give you all the information you need.

Undergrounds are very, very busy during morning and evening rush hours, so itís best to avoid them at those times if possible. You can also save money on your ticket by avoiding rush times.
London underground maps and journey planner are at London Transport. Print them out to plan your journey ahead of time.

Oyster Card is a pay as you go card for London transport, useful for long term stays.

A Days out of London pass lets you take day trips from London (Cambridge, Oxford, Brighton, etc) without having to purchase a separate ticket for each trip.

The London Visitor travelcard allows unlimited travel on the underground and bus. Prices vary according to the number of days and the travelzones you choose.

Taxis: Always use a licensed cab. They used to be all black, but now many have coloured advertising covering their cabs. The way to tell a licensed cab is to check the back license plate, which should have a white official cab license plate. If you use other cabs, expect to pay up to double the price.

London Airport Connections

Gatwick Express: Gatwick Express
Heathrow Express: Heathrow Express
Stanstead Express: Stansted Express

Heathrow airport from downtown London and vice versa takes, by taxi, as little as 30 minutes or as much as an hour or more depending on the time of day and the day of the week. Taxi rates by meter run about £45, but this price can be negotiated downwards for a set fee before going. Be warned if you are going from the airport into London, there is usually a line-up for taxis.

Another option leaving London for the airport is to go to Paddington Station (by tube, foot or taxi) and take the Heathrow Express. This train goes directly, without stopping, from Paddington to Heathrow Airport and return every 15 minutes.

The Heathrow Express pass can be purchased at the airport and the station, itís great to have this in hand before your trip. Youíll be busy enough with luggage and finding your way around. Itís one less thing to worry with.

For those with more time than money and who don't mind hassling with luggage on the underground, there's always the tube. The Piccadilly line is the most direct route to the airport and takes about an hour.

Still another way to reach Heathrow/London is by bus, a bit of a nuisance and time consuming. If you are coming from the airport, buses run from Terminals 1-4 every 15-30 minutes. Phone 0208 990 6300 for further details.

Gatwick airport is further from downtown London than Heathrow so is very expensive by taxi and not very practical to reach by bus. The best connection is Gatwick Express rail services, which run in both directions. The train takes 30-40 minutes and runs every half-hour or so depending on time of day and day of week. At the London end it terminates at Victoria station, near Buckingham palace.

Stansted airport runs a sky train service from Liverpool street or Tottenham Hale rail stations. There is also a coach service between Victoria station and the airport.

London City airport is reached by a combination of the North London Railways train service and the District underground (going to or from central London). Buses on route 69 go to the airport from a number of stations. Coach services run from Liverpool street to the airport. For details best to check at either end when your plane lands or before leaving London. A taxi could be a hassle free alternative.

Luton airport runs a shuttle bus service that connects with Thameslink rail services to Kings Cross and Blackfriars stations. Again, taxis are available.

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