Travel to and from London

Travelling in London

Travelling in London

Travel Notes

London is horrendously busy. The traffic congestion has reduced in recent years by imposing a congestion charge and people are encouraged to use the public transport networks. The London Underground is a wonderful vehicle for getting from one part of London to another. The only time to try to avoid using the Underground is during rush hour when people are travelling between home and work.

Open topped tourist buses can be a reasonable choice for people who would like an overview of the main tourist attractions.

Travelling in and around London

Imagine London as an enormous urban sprawl surrounded by the M25 motorway. An inner circular road, the north (A406) and south circular provides an inner route around London. Within London, the London Underground is the fastest method of getting around. Mainline stations transport people to destinations outside London.

Driving in London is not recommended. Not only is there a daily congestion charge designed to reduce the number of vehicles, but parking can be very difficult. The British love affair with the car has resulted in traffic congestion, not only in the capital, but at peak times on the motorways and cities of Britain.

Bright red London buses are famous the world over and convenient for short trips in London. Because of dedicated bus routes, the bus can often travel faster than the car. They are not generally recommended for long distances because of frequent stops. However, the various coach services provide express services between cities and airports.

The following links may be useful when planning journeys around London

London Travel Links
London travel card - buy a travle card to cover underground and buses whilst sightseeing around London. Print maps London travel card
Around London - trains, coaches, rail and more Transport for London
Map of London Underground to plan your journey Underground
Map of London attractions - plan a walk to take in the attractions you're interested in. London Attractions
Short journeys in London London taxis
Cycle hire in London - cycle to where you want to go Cycle Hire London
Airport parking and hotels at all major UK airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. Book Airport Car parking
Travel through Britain and abroad, to airports National Express Coaches
For journeys to destinations outside London car hire London

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