APPLY NOWThe London Underground network, otherwise called the "Tube" is usually the quickest and easiest way of travelling around London.
Greater London is served by 12 Tube lines, along with the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and an interconnected local train network. Underground trains generally run between 5am and midnight, Monday to Saturday, and operating hours are reduced on Sunday. Exact details depend on the station and the line. For exact travel times you can check www.tfl.gov.uk
- London is divided in 6 zones
- Zone 1 - 2 are central London, Zone 3 - 5 are residential London zones, Zone 6 - 9 are outer London stations
- There are 12 different tube lines covering most of London
- Peak ours are 04:30 - 09:29
- Try and avoid traveling during peak hours
- Check the front of the train for the correct destination
- Stand on the right when using escalators
- Wait for passengers to leave the train before boarding
- Move down inside the Tube carriages while travelling, so you don't block the doorways for other passengers
- Access to most Tube stations is via numerous steps. There are however a number of stations that are step free, for those with buggies or wheelchair
- When boarding Tube trains, be aware that there is generally a step of up to 8 inches (20cm), either up or down, between the platform and the train
Whether you're making a one-off trip to London or you're a regular visitor, using an Oyster card is the easiest way to access London's integrated public transport network. Oyster is an electronic smartcard ticket. Once you put credit on it, you will be able to use it to make journeys on a Bus, Tube, Tram and most National Rails. You simply need touch your card on the yellow reader to get through the Tube gates or board other London public transport services. It doesn't even need to be removed from your purse or wallet to work.
Oyster card is free but you need to pay a deposit of £5 pounds which will be returned to you when you return it or when you use up the credit on it.
PAY AS YOU GO
You can add some credit onto your oyster card and then use it when and if you need it. You can make as many journeys as you like in a 24 hour period (4.30am-4.30am)
If you make lots of pay as you go journeys in one day, you will never pay more than the price of an equivalent Day Travelcard - as long as you go on routes where Oyster Card can normally be accepted.
If you plan to travel regularly, London Travelcard (if you plan to use bus, tube etc) or a Bus Pass (if you plan to use bus only) can be added onto your oyster. Travelcards can be purchased for one day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year.
You can add Travelcard and Pay As You Go Credit onto one Oyster Card.
STUDENT OYSTERIf you are a student in full time education and you are enrolled on a course that is 14 weeks or longer, you are normally entitled to a 30% discount of your weekly or monthly travel fee.
You will need to apply for a special Student Oyster which you can apply for at your Educational Institution and which normally be posted to you in 2 weeks time.
VISITOR OYSTERYou can buy an oyster card before you arrive to UK. The Oyster Card can be sent to your home country with the credit you purchase and you can start using it from the moment you arrive.
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