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Local Transport

London is superbly connected with an extensive network of the Underground (the 'tube' as it is called), the DLR, buses and trams. Tube stations are peppered all over the city and there is a tube to every point on the map every 3 minutes! Trains depart for the suburbs every 15 minutes as well.

The tubes usually run from about 5:30 am to 12 midnight, after which there are night buses (signified by 'N' before the number). Keep a tube map handy at all times - you can pick one up from any tube station.

The famous black cabs of London are comfortable, although not exactly cheap. Get a short ride if only for the vintage experience. Mini cabs are more affordable but they have to be booked in advance. Always carry a cab company number with you.
 

Transport for London

The 'Transport for London' helpline itself is exemplary. Log on to www.tfl.gov.uk, which gives you information on all forms of public transport in London including routes and maps, a journey planner and even offers online tickets for sale. Simply enter the starting and end points of your journey and the journey planner gives you a practical itinerary (which tube to take, where to change, what bus to switch to and so on). If you feel lost you can call TFL 24 hours at 020 7222 1234, and tell them where you are. The lady on the other side will tell you exactly where to go and what to do to reach your destination.
 

Tickets

Tickets are available at the stations at ticket machines as well as manned booths and they accept cards as well as cash. But if you want to avoid standing in the queue, look out for neighbourhood provision stores that sell tube tickets too.

Keep in mind that London is divided into six zones - six concentric circles that cover the city. It's a good bargain to buy an all day pass for zones you are going to be covering. For instance, a day pass for zones 1 and 2 will cost you 4.30 and will give you unlimited access to tube, train, DLR, bus and tram rides in zones 1 and 2 for the entire day, until 4:30 am of the following day. If you are going to be in London for more than 5 days, getting an Oyster card made is a good bargain.
 
 

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