How Do You Travel Around London?


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Three ways to travel around London are by train, bus and river bus. The city’s underground Tube transports 3.7 million people each day, while 6.4 million take the bus.

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Twelve Tube lines stretch over six zones starting with zone one in the center of London and expanding outwards in a circular pattern. Travelers purchase travel passes or Oyster cards based on the cost between stations and across the different zone’s borders. Zone 1 houses popular London highlights including Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Harrods department store.

Use travelcards or Oyster payment for bus travel in London, as the operators don’t accept cash or sell tickets. Popular routes for visitors include route 24, which passes Westminster Abbey, Hampstead Heath Park and the theater district, and route 11, which covers the Royal Courts of Justice, the financial district and the Bank of England.

The river bus system has five different scenic routes. The boats service destinations including Bankside Pier for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tower Millennium Pier for the Tower of London and London Bridge City Pier for the HMS Belfast. Purchase tickets at a ticket kiosk or machine on the piers, or use travel passes for payment.

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