Riding The Tube, London

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Riding The Tube, London Reviews

mdfehmel mdfehmel
210 reviews
Riding the Tube when in London Oct 07, 2013
I recently spent 2 weeks in London - 1 on business and 1 for leisure. I quickly became aquainted with The Underground system, knicknamed as The Tube by the locals. Although The Tube can be intimidating by the looks of the colorfully busy route map, especially if you have had bad experiences with subway systems in other cities, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it actually is to use. When preparing to navigate The Tube, your first step should be to download The Tube app for your iPhone. All you do is enter where you will be getting on, where you want to get off and the app will tell you (based on your preferred routing method) what lines to take, the time of travel and where to change if applicable. The second step is to buy yourself an Oyster card, which is a pre-loaded pass card. if you are unsure how much to apply to the card on a ticket machine, you can always ask a ticket attendant and they will advise you of how much to put on it. There is little risk in this, however, because, in addition to the 5 pound deposit per card, any overages can be reinbursed when you are done with it. As an example, if you are vacationing for 1 week and you preload 50 pounds (which could get you pretty much anywhere in the city you can think of with up to 3 round trips per day), plus the 5 pound deposit, but you only use 45 pounds of it, all you have to do at the end of your trip is to find an open ticket office. They will reinburse the last 5 pounds and return your 5 pound deposit. If you are out late on your last night and can't find an open ticket counter, don't worry; there is one at Heathrow and Gatwick that is open early and closes late right in the terminal. As general advice, The Tube is far cheaper and quicker than taking a taxi, although you will still do quite a bit of walking, not only to the stations, but also within the stations when connecting between lines. You will also need to be prepared for how crowded they get during peak rush hour periods. If you are traveling in a group, make sure that everyone knows were you are going in case you get split up due to the crowds so you can meet up at another station. If you play follow-the-leader, you are bound to get separated. This is a great way to get around London.
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littlerunaway littleru…
4 reviews
travel card and Oyster Jun 05, 2011
for a person traveling alone in London for 5-7 days the best thing is to buy in Hethrow the Oyster card, load it with some money and a 7 days zones 1-2 travelcard. after that you won't have to worry about tube/bus tickets again for the whole week.

the travel card gives you unlimited travel on the tube/DLR in the zones it was bought for and for all zones on the buses.

DO NOT but separate tickets for each tube ride, it will be a looot more expensive.
akne akne
2 reviews
Riding the Tube in London Apr 08, 2011
London is very well connected by the tube network. This can be daunting for some one who has come here for the first time.

However, all you need is the tube map, which is available at every tube station for free and you need to know what stop you are going to. The rest is all connecting the dots and reading the signs.

If you are here for a few days, buy an oyster card from any tube station. That gives you cheaper travel than tickets. It is also refundable, so you can return it to the tube station when you are leaving and they will refund the cost for the oyster card straight away.
lloyd1982 lloyd1982
1 reviews
My advice is to get a tube map app. That help you work out the quickest route and route changes. The tube is dead simple and easy! I am only writing this so I can message again lol. I do not know what else to say.
raomdeepak raomdeep…
1 reviews
Riding the tube, London Mar 20, 2011
If you ever go to London, take the tube. It's true all that they say about the Londoners. Every second person is reading a book, everyone's immaculately dressed and its the easiest way to travel. Make sure you do not take any pictures, that;s not allowed. :)

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