Moving in London
The Tube: 12 lines and 12 colors to get anywhere
If you do not want crazy traffic in a city with 7 million inhabitants, the best way to get around London is the Underground, The Tube as Londoners call it. There are 12 lines, identified by a name and a color, covering the whole city and join the other national railways, regional and local. The meter divides London into six concentric zones and reach of major tourist destinations, which almost all have a stop a few meters. To understand how it is made to the London Underground network, you should download the complete map on this page (PDF, 105Kb approx). Disabled people and people with disabilities can download a map of the London Underground (PDF, 150Kb approx) indicates that the stations accessible. Another map that can be useful is the map of the London boroughs, is not detailed but if you missed the map of The Tube can be a great help to get out. (PDF, 150Kb approx).
Tickets and cards for the London Underground
From January 1, 2007 London has the sad record of the world’s most expensive meter: up to 6 euros for a single ride on metro and buses! To move around in the subway and other public transport in London without spending a fortune, the most convenient solution is to buy a Travelcard, a card valid all days of the week. With Travelcard you can get on and off at will from almost all public transport in London: the subway, suburban trains, the DLR and buses (including night buses). The card is valid to get if you take the underground from Heathrow and London City Airport by bus or DLR connected to the meter. The Travelcard can be bought at stations or online at the official site. There are two types of travel cards: one valid for travel in zones 1-2 (where are concentrated the most important monuments) and valid throughout the urban area of London (zones 1-6). You can buy card valid for 1.3 or 7 days, at a cost of 6.30, 18.90 or 41 pounds. The period of validity is indicated on the card. Travelcards are valid from 1 to 3 days from 9.30 am until 4.30 at night. That from 7 days without restrictions. Together with the London Travelcard can also buy the pass which allows free admission to 50 monuments and discounts for restaurants, theaters, museums. In this case, the combined package costs 33.30 pounds for a day, for three 45.90, 93.00 for 7. With Travelcard also entitles you to 33% discount on ticket prices for the boats on the Thames.
Who has not seen the classic double-deckers in London, the double-decker bus? After the meter is the best way to know London, at least to get around and say we have been. The London bus network is dense, a labyrinth, so that information relating to buses can be found on over 30 rails, distinct and free, divided by area. We recommend you learning about yourself and pick the right guide dedicated to Central London, complete with a detailed plan. It ‘s more than enough to reach by bus, places of tourist interest. You can withdraw the guidance offices informazione.Se during your stay only used buses instead of Travelcards can buy the Saver, a block of six transferable tickets, valid for only one race on all buses, including those of Central London and nocturnal, as an alternative there is a one-day bus pass valid all day on the entire city network. Unlike the one-day Travelcard, these subscriptions are valid before 9.30. In addition, you can buy weekly or monthly rates are valid for the entire city.
The most important lines
Here are some of the buses that pass through the sites of tourist interest. The N. 24 is the ‘bus is ideal to get to Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and then to the Palace, Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. Reach Victoria Station and then goes on to Pimlico, ideal stop to visit the Tate Gallery). The N. 19 starts from Finsbury Park tube station, cross Clerkenwell, Holborn and Bloomsbury, then advances along New Oxford Street to Charing Cross Road and Shaftsbury Avenue to Piccadilly. From there it moves through the northern side of Green Park to Hyde Park Corner before going down King’s Road. Buses N. 9 and 10 start at Hammersmith, and have stops along their path in Kensington and Knightsbridge, past the Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall and Harrods before reaching Hyde Park Corner. The N. 9 then goes on to Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, the ‘bus No. 10 instead, heads north from Hyde Park to Marble Arch, Oxford Street and then turn and go to Tottenham Court Road, Euston and King’s Cross, where it ends its run.
The DLR (Docklands Light Railway)
Some parts of London are connected by the Docklands Light Railway, light driverless trains companies Docklands Light Railway linking the City at Bank and Tower Gateway at Tower Hill. The DLR runs from 5.30 to 00.30 Monday to Friday, from 6:00 to 00.30 on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 to 23.30. The trains on the DLR within the circuit of the Travelcard, no card, the rates are the same as for the subway.
Boats on the Thames
It may seem strange, but only in recent years mobiità on the Thames has been a mass development. Moving water is a viable and healthy all’asfissiante London traffic. Travelcard holders are entitled to a discount of 33% on the cost of the ticket. Operators that operate on the Thames are different, each with a characteristic that distinguishes them from others. They range from the normal races for commuters who work in the city up to a romantic evening cruises with dinner and music. The company Bateaux London – Catamaran Cruisers Ltd has a ferry that leaves every 30 minutes, from 10:00 to 14:00 from the docks of Embankment, Tower and Greenwich. The daily subscription river, the River Pass (20 pounds) allows unlimited use of the service for a day. The Circular Cruise departs every 30-40 minutes, from early March to late October and during the winter months, four daily departures from Westminster Pier to that of St Katharine, in Wapping. Vessels calling at the pier of London Bridge, and during the summer, on weekends, the pier on the South Bank Festival. The City Cruises departs every 40 minutes, from 10:00 / 10:30 to 15:00 / 16:20. Ferry connections all year round from Westminster Pier to the Tower or Tower in Greenwich. The ticket allows unlimited daily journey to board and disembark from the boat without limitations. The Thames Clippers has departures every 20 minutes from early morning, and every hour after 9:00. They are the boats preferred by Londoners who go to work. The boats are cheap and fast and allow you to access many of the beautiful river in London. Depart from Embankment Pier at Savoy, Masthouse Terrace in the Docklands, pass the Tower Bridge, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and Canary Wharf. From Westminster to Greenwich.
If you have a credit card and unable to breathe well through the smog, then you may want to rent a bike. If you decide to do it, then get yourself a helmet and a mask anti-smog. The credit card you need to cover the large deposit that require a lot of rental companies. The company best known for renting bikes is the London Bicycle Tour Company, which is located close to Blackfriars. The other company is offering Banana Rent a mountain bike rental service cafeteria. You can withdraw and leave the bikes outside metro stations Sloane Square or South Kensington in advance and rent bicycles for a day or more. If you want to walk around the parks by bike or drive to some specific areas, you can load the bike stations to the District, Circle and Hammersmith and City, but outside of peak hours (10:00 to 16:00 and after 19:00, Monday to Friday)
Even if they continue to call themselves black cab, London taxis now have blacks and very little color advertising. Continue to be a symbol of London, and are very useful at night when the metro stops and a bus is not easy to find. Taxis have the free beacon lit above the windshield. The fare is counted during the trip at an additional charge for extra passengers, luggage placed in the front seat or night rides. Taking a taxi in London at night, as well as a complicated undertaking, is also a very expensive business. To book a taxi please call Radio Taxi at +44 (020) 7272 0272. A very useful and innovative is the Zingo Taxi (Tel: 08700 700700) which uses the GPS to connect your phone to the taxi driver. By calling the number listed, the system connects you to the nearest taxi to you, which you can directly specify your exact position. The fare will be increased by the amount of this service. Beware of unlicensed taxis, lurking everywhere: outside of museums, theaters, stations, airports. Avoid them.