There are numerous public transit options for getting around in London. The heart of the system is the Underground commonly called the Tube, which is the world's oldest underground public transit system. Most of the attractions in London are within easy walking distance of a tube station, but of course there are plenty of London buses including the 'trademark' double decker buses running throughout the city. Buses actually get around quite quickly in London due to the restrictions on traffic entering the core of the city. The other major method of getting around in London and beyond are the railways including the London Overground which are widely used in Great Britain. Railway lines that enter into the city of London meet up with Tube stations making for easy connections. There is also a Riverbus service providing transit along the Thames River.
It may seem a little intimidating at first, however with all these options and a little advance planning you will find it quick and easy to get around in London during your vacation. Just follow the links on this page to get more information on each of the main transit services. Each destination in our Things to Do section has helpful directions for getting to it by transit.
When it comes to fares we suggest purchasing the 'Oyster Card', a fare card that will make things easier and save you money.
Walking is also a great way to get around when exploring the attractions of inner London. It is often as quick or quicker to walk the distance between two tube stations than to go through the process of taking the tube. You will also get to see even more of London by walking. You can visit a lot of attractions in a day just walking from one to another, as many of them are very close to one another.
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