The best way

to get around

Public transport will no doubt be a new experience for many ‘travellers’ arriving in London for the first time. Travelling on the London Transport system can be very simple as an oyster card works on all forms of their transport as well as contactless.

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Heathrow - Airport

There are 2 options available:

Heathrow Express is the non-stop train service that offers the fastest option between Heathrow Airport and central London (Paddington Station). Services run from 05:02 to 23:47 (from Heathrow) every 15 minutes – the journey time – just 15 minutes. Once at Paddington you can make use of the Underground etc. Click here for more information or to pre-book a ticket.

Underground – The Piccadilly Line (dark blue) will take you to central London. Heathrow is zone 6 cost approximately £10.

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Gatwick - Airport

There are 2 options available:

Gatwick Express offers dedicated, high-speed travel between Central London and Gatwick Airport. With a journey time of just 30 minutes from London Victoria to Gatwick, there is no faster way between the heart of the city and the airport. Click here for more information or to pre-book a ticket

Easybus – Easybus system pick you up from Gatwick airport runs every 15 minutes to fulham broadway cost about £5 each way then you will need to take the underground to central – District (green) line

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Stansted - Airport

There are 2 options available:

Stanstead Express is the fastest and most convenient way to and from Stansted Airport, with trains departing every 15 or 30 minutes (15 minutes from 0800 to 1700 weekdays and every 30 minutes early morning) evening weekdays and weekends. With an average journey time of approximately 45 minutes (41 minutes to the City of London & Liverpool Street station). Click here for more information or to pre-book a ticket

Easybus – Easybus system pick you up from Stansted airport runs every 15 minutes to Victoria cost about £5 each way then you will need to take the underground to central – Victoria (blue) line

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Underground (Tube)

The London Underground is the oldest underground rail system in the world, having come to life in 1863 when they used steam engines to ferry passengers along the underground tunnels. Things have come a long way since then and today you will join another 2.5 million passengers that use the system daily if you choose to make use of it.

The system has 13 lines and these are differentiated on a tube map by using colours. These Tube maps are also available free of charge at any tube station. Trains run from about 5:30 am until about 12:30 am, 365 days a year. Closing times vary slightly according to the day e.g. earlier on Sunday than Saturday.

The fare system is based on zones (zones 1-6). These zones radiate outwards from the centre of the Tube system in concentric circles, much like the segments of an onion. Zone 1 covers most central areas while zone 6 covers the outlying areas.

For further information on the London Underground consult the London Transport web site www.londontransport.co.uk

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Buses

You will get a chance to ride on one of the world famous red London buses. These buses move along routes all over London. You can purchase each journey individually or you can use your London Transport travel card, that you use to travel on the tube. Fares start at 60p on some routes, but you will pay about £2 in zone 1. You can get free copies of bus maps from London Travel Information Centres.

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Black cab (Taxis)

Another legendary London icon is the black cab. There are over 20,000 that operate at present. Drivers have to write an exam called the ‘Knowledge’ and they know London like the back of their hands. These are more expensive than public transport, but they can work out quite economical if a few of you jump in at once (maximum of 5 passengers). The fare meter is always visible, so you can watch your hard earned pounds ticking away.

Unoccupied cabs have their yellow lights on their roofs illuminated. To hail one, just stick out your arm and wave it around a bit. The drivers seem to have a sixth sense that detects this arm movement and should grind to halt. Occupied cabs have the yellow roof light switched off and a small blue light in the rear switched on. They will not halt, no matter how frantically you wave your arm. Click here to book a cab.

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Minicabs

These are independent operators that run in different areas. They normally drop business cards through your postbox as a way of marketing themselves. Unlike black cabs where the fare meter is clearly visible, minicab fares are negotiable. Make sure you agree a fare over the phone before they fetch you as the industry is known to have some unscrupulous operators.

City cabs are based in Willesden Green and are very reasonable for airport pick ups and drop offs (approx £30) and can be reached on 0208 452 4477.

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UBER

Whether you’re headed to Shoreditch, Chelsea, STN, Gatwick Airport, LTN, LCY Airport or to London Heathrow, the Uber app connects you with a reliable ride — from low-cost uberX and uberXL to premium UberLUX — in minutes. One tap and a car comes directly to you.

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Heathrow - Airport

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Gatwick - Airport

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Stansted - Airport

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Underground (Tube)

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Buses

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Black cab (Taxis)

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Minicabs

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UBER