When travelling around London the corporate traveller is spolit for choice. London has one of the biggest urban transport networks in the world, with integrated bus, river and road systems stretching across the vast city and its outskirts. Below we explore the most popular.
The “Tube” London’s Underground rail network is a great way to get around the city. Greater London is served by 12 tube lines making it a very efficient way to travel. London’s transport is divided into nine travel zones. Central London being zone one, and zones 6-9 being being on the outskirts of the city. To get the best value out travelling by the tube use an Oyster card as cash is the most expensive way to pay. For more information about the tube please click here.
The oyster card is a smartcard that operates on can pay as you go credit system to pay for transport journeys. You can use the oyster card on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail Services in London. The beauty of the oyster card is that the credit never expires, it simply stays there until it is used up. Once you have used all your credit simply top it up again in a Tube station or a newsagent. If you haven’t used all your pay as you credit on your oyster card by the time you are leaving London, you can get a refund at the Tube station ticket office or a Travel Information Centre.
Travelling by bus is a cheap and convenient way to get around London. The famous red buses also offer great sightseeing opportunities. London buses are cash free meaning they can only be paid for using a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card, Travelcard or contactless payment card. A single adult bus fare is £1.50 with a Visitor Oyster Card, Oyster card or contactless payment card. The London bus network has seen many improvements in recent years, with increased frequency services and improved mobility. Plan your route by online wth the aid of Transport for London’s Journey Planner.
London River Bus Service on the Thames
Travelling by river bus on the river Thames is a great way to get around London. Not only will you beat the traffic but the river bus offers fanatastic views of London. The river buses are popular with both visitors and commuters in London. It offers a fast, frequent mode of transport. The river buses serve six different routes between Putney and Royal Woolwich Arsenal. For more information on the river buses please see the MBNA Thames Clipper river bus route site.