Travel To Relax – Top travel tips for your visit to London
Top Tip number one. Travel around London with
a Visitor Oyster card. A Visitor Oyster card is a smartcard with
pay as you go credit that allows you to travel on most public transport in London. Buy a Visitor Oyster card online before you
leave, and have it delivered to your home.
Pay as you go fares with a Visitor Oyster
card are cheaper than buying paper single tickets. Your card is ready to use as soon as you arrive
in London, which means you wont have to queue to buy a ticket. Plus you can enjoy special offers and discounts
at restaurants, galleries, and shops across London. You can also use your contactless debit or
credit card to pay as you go on London’s public transport.
Overseas transaction fees may apply. Top Tip number two. Touch in and out on the
yellow card readers. Always touch your Oyster or contactless payment
card on the yellow card readers using the same card at the start and at the
end of your journey to pay the right fare.
If you don’t touch in or out, you will be
charged a maximum fare. When travelling on buses or trams, only touch
in with your card on the yellow reader as you get on. Dont touch out as you get off. Top Tip number three.
Travel outside of the
busiest times if you can. The busiest times to travel in London are
between eight and nine in the morning and five thirty to six thirty in the evening,
Monday to Friday. If you are able to travel outside these times,
you could enjoy a quicker and more comfortable journey, especially if youre carrying heavy
luggage or a rucksack or travelling in a group. Top Tip number four.
Stand on the right and
move along the platform. When using the escalators at stations you
should always stand on the right and hold onto the handrail, leaving as much space as
possible for people in a hurry. Once you get onto the platform always stand
behind the yellow line and move along the platform, where more space will be available
and it will be easier to board the next train. Top Tip number five.
Travel differently. Create special memories by discovering London
by bike, from the air, by river, or on foot. See a different side of London by cycling
for as little as 2 with Santander Cycles, London’s self-service, bike-sharing scheme. Take to the air with Emirates Air Line, London’s
cable car, offering spectacular views of the city, and only 15 minutes from central London.
Or take a scenic boat trip along the River
Thames and cruise through the heart of the capital. Alternatively, walking in central London is
a great way to get around and experience the city. Youll find that there are plenty of street
maps to help you get around, and it could be quicker than taking the Tube or the bus. Please go to tfl.Gov.Uk/visitinglondon for