If you are travelling to London from Heathrow Airport, you might want to consider taking the tube (Piccadilly Line) instead of the Heathrow Express Train. I've heard that the Heathrow Express takes only about 25 minutes to Central London, while it took us about 55 minutes to get there by tube. If you're not in a hurry and travel on the weekend or after 09:30 am on a weekday, you can however save some money taking the tube. While the Heathrow Express costs about £15 for a single journey, you can buy a 1-day-travelcard Zones 1-6 for only £6.70 and still use the travelcard for all buses, trains and the tube the rest of the day! If you travel on Monday-Friday before 09:30 am, the 1-day-travelcard costs however £13.20.
at the moment the mayor's office are promoting cycling in london, and have produced a number of cycle maps which cover the whole of greater london. They are all free, just go onto the Transport for London website and follow the links to order them. I have lived in and around london for 5 years and they have helped me find loads of new places. The TFL website can also help plan journeys around the city by public transport.
Definitely book your ticket from here: www.southernrailway.com
Current offers - travel from London Victoria to Brighton for as little as £3.00 each way!!
To take advantage of this super deal you need to book your Advance ticket online before 30th April.
Select the time of travel, and a range of fares will pop up.
*** Use the same URL for your Gatwick to Victoria train, at similar prices. Journey time: 20 minutes.
As long as you avoid the rush hours, travelling by Underground is not too bad. Admittedly passengers do not give up their seats to the elderly even if the seat is labelled as such. No-one wants to make eye contact, so the regular travellers hide behind newspapers and books.
Away from the centre of town the trains travel above ground which is more pleasant and less claustrophobic.
Nowadays the Oyster card is a time saver as you just touch the designated spot- you don't even need to remove it from its wallet- and go in , instead of fiddling with putting your ticket into slot. To top up the card when credit is getting low, just go to the screen and use your credit card, or go to the tcket window and pay as much as you want. Even if you leave the country and come back later, as long as you have the card, you just continue using it. It works out cheaper than buying tickets.
As most people agree the fastest , but not the cheapest, way to get around London is by Underground.
Buses are Ok but finding the right route can be confusing, and tickets should be purchased before boarding. The old cry' Any more Tickets,please.' and 'Move along , please' are long gone. Everything has become impersonal and cost effective.
Driving is a nightmare. Streets are congested; new cycle lanes [far too narrow for safety] and bus lanes have reduced the lanes for the cars. Congestion charges and emission free signs indicate that the motorist [especially large and 4-wheel drive owner] is having to pay more in these zones..and then when you do arrive , where do you park?
The beauty of central London is that in fine weather walking is so much easier and faster.
From London you can travel by Express Coach from Victoria Coach Station to Oxford. Coaches depart every 30 minutes.
You can also take the train from Paddington.
Bath can be reached by train from Paddington. (regular trains).
I prefer Oxford as there is more to do.
Both cities are easily reached.
Have a nice day!!
Me and my hubby had been on a very uneventful trip to Greenwich one Sunday. We were going to get a look at and take some some photos of The Cutty Sark, and then look around the market there, but we couldn't find anywhere to park.
So once we had left there, we drove into Woolwich. Chris knows this area very well as he used to bring his kids here to see their mum, when she lived here with her girlfriend.
Anyway, the most fun thing here to do is; ride from one side of the Thames to the other on the Ferry, Which is exactly what we done. We queued up, got on, went from this side to that, took a couple of photos of the Tate and Lyle factory, and my very first sight of Canary Wharf as it is now, along with the Thames Barrier.
This was quite fun, and quite a laugh for us. There was some long haired bloke on there with an ancient Ford Anglia, and he actually got out of his car to take photos of the Thames barrier. I wondered if he was a member of VT?! It's only silly buggers like us on here that usually do things like that! hahahahaha ;)
Monday 6.10am to 8pm, two boats
Tuesday 6.10am to 8pm, two boats
Wednesday 6.10am to 8pm, two boats
Thursday 6.10am to 8pm, two boats
Friday 6.10am to 8pm, two boats
Saturday 6.10am to 8pm, one boat
Last trip South - North 7.45pm
Sunday 11.30am to 7.30pm, one boat
Last trip South - North 7.15pm
There is a maximum height restriction of 4.7 metres, or 15.5 feet, and a maximum width restriction of 3.5 metres, or 11.5 feet.
Those needing special arrangements for abnormal loads should contact the ferry manager on the telephone number listed on the right. Vehicles displaying Hazchem signs are prohibited.
World famous and trendy, the tubes is what the Brits call their subway system. The Underground consists of 12 lines of the 'tube' extending as far as Buckinghamshire, Essex, and Heathrow with over a half-dozen major tube stations at larger main-line train stations. The underground runs from roughly 5:30-midnight, though later in some areas. It's divided into 6 concentric zones - with basic fare for Zone 1 at 2 quid for adults, and 60p for kids; to cross all 6 zones, its about 3.80/1.50. Getting travelcards are the best budget. The tube is the world's oldest (1863) and most extensive (253 miles) and busiest (785 million journeys a year) underground transport system in the world. It is also the most unreliable yet most effective mode of transport around London. It's symbol and map has become a icon of London itself and was created by Henry Beck in 1931 who received 5 guineas (5.25 quids) for his design.
If you are in the Central London sigtseeing and plan to walk....carry a map with you and the note the nearest tube station.
You will find unnamed streets, very small streets, one street rounding up to another one.
The bicycle is by far the most efficient way of travelling about London. In central London a bike will always outpace all the smoking metal: oner medium length journeys in the inner suburbs there will be little difference (average speed of a car in the outer sububs is around 10.5 mph).
It is also perfectly safe. PROVIDED THAT YOU TAKE CARE
Sure, people do die on bikes. BUT, having observed the species, there are so many people riding really badly or doing too stupid to live stuff like all-black clothing and no lights at night, I reckon that saving the completely random, a sensible cyclist is safe.
NOT FOR THE CASUAL TOURIST
For a start we drive on the left. And you need to keep youy eye on the road, all the taxis buses white vans artics taxis and various types of cyclists, carscarscars....
They have a new type of travel card in London called the Oyster Card. It's one of those tap and go cards which are pretty cool and efficient. Unfortunately, they have 2 levels. One is a pay and go feature which is helpful if your only there for a few days, but it isn't available for use on all the lines as a weekly card. It WILL however be good if you're only traveling on the major tube lines within say zones 1-2.
If you're staying at least 5 days, get the weekly version. It'll pay for itself. If your there even longer, get a monthly.
You need to fill out a form, available at most tube stations. and pay 3 pounds, but then you just top it up each time you go.
You can alternatively, still get a weekly (non-Oyster) card, which is free.
While we were walking back to the tube station in London, we passed a petrol station so I quickly dropped in to see if they had a more detailed map than the one Hertz rental cars had given us. The only thing going was a huge book of maps, the 2004 Edition of the AZ Great Britain Road Atlas. It cost me 8.75 pounds (US$17) but it was worth every pence! It had 77 pages of detailed road maps as well as more on the major cities. For travelling along the lesser highways and lanes as we did on our trip, it was invaluable in bailing us out of various situations that we would otherwise have been stuck in! By the way, we returned for another motoring trip of England in December, 2005 and brought our Atlas along with us in our luggage for one more go!
When travelling between central London and Greenwich, the Docklands Light Railway offers good service. With regular trian service daily, this is the quickest way to go. Check the web site below for times.
This is London's primary means of transportation. It's quick, cheap, safe, and reliable. The Underground, or "Tube", as it is more commonly known, dates back over a century. It has been a model of public transit systems ever since.
Forget driving in this city, unless you love fighting the traffic and not being able to park. The Tube takes you to nearly everywhere in London that you would want to go, including Heathrow Airport (it's at the end of the Picadilly Line).
Most tourist guides and maps have a diagram of the Tube, which comes in handy any time you go out.
If you have a bigger budget or you just wanna do it once to say you have, then catch a black cab! These are the second best way to get around the city but they can be expensive. People have to study the streets of London for months and pass exams to be become a cabbie and if they don't know how to get to your destination then your ride is free. It's also illegal for them to turn down a ride as well. Some of the cabbies are real characters and if you are chatty with them, they might tell you of their more famous customers. They don't expect a tip but when you have had a chatty driver it's just a small thank you to leave them a tip.
I've always thought black cabs & red routemasters just eptomises London - and having used them all the time - I know they do! Wouldn't it be great to have a wedding car like that???
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