The London Underground began as the oldest underground railway system in the world. The first line was opened in 1863. Today the Underground, which is also commonly referred to as the 'Tube' consists of 12 lines and 270 stations. It is the second largest subway system in the world.
For the most part the Tube and a short walk are all that you will need to get to London's popular attractions, with the exception of those near the outer fringes of London, or, for some of the day trips we suggest in our Things to Do section. The majority of attractions featured on TourbyTransit.com are within easy walking distance of an Underground Station and most are located in fare Zone one. The entrances to all London Underground stations are signed with a distinctive red circle divided by horizontal blue bar. All of the Tube routes are color coded (See the London Tube Map below) or download the PDF version. You may have to change lines to complete some trips, just study the map to plan your route and you'll have no trouble at all. There are also uniformed attendants at the stations who will happy to assist you. The video on the right will give you an excellent overview of the Underground and how to use the Oyster Fare Card to pay for your trips.
The Tube is a safe and convenient way to get around London. Stations have plenty of helpful staff. The trains are clean and comfortable. For the most relaxing trips try to ride during off peak hours.
The London Underground operates trains daily from about 5:30 in the morning until 12:30 at night except on Sunday when the trains run until about 11:30 at night. This should meet the needs of most tourists, however if you are out later you will have to take a night bus or a taxi. See our Transit Tips page for more information on this.
To navigate around the London Tube Map below just hold your left mouse button down and drag the map to the portion you need. You can also search for any London Underground Station by typing it's name into the search box below the Tube Map.
Click here to view a full size version of the London Tube Map
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