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Transportation in London

Transportation in London is well-developed, ensuring plenty of options for travellers and residents alike. London Public transportation makes up one of the biggest global networks.

Here is a Guide to the Best Way to Get Around London across all the Diverse Options Available

1. Buses

Transportation in London is incomplete without buses. The famous double-decker London buses are a great way to travel throughout the city with countless sightseeing options available. Buses are cashless, and you will require Travelcards, Oyster cards, and contactless payment cards for rides. There are night buses which run between the closing time of the Tube and the beginning of services in the daytime. The Hopper fare also ensures pocket-friendly rides for commuters. 

2. Trams 

London public transport is characterised by its vast tram network. There are services connecting various stretches in Southern London, right through Croydon and from Wimbledon to Beckenham and New Addington. You can pick up passes for one day across trams and buses while travelling for competitive fares. The single-day period is till 4.29 AM in the next morning for taking care of journeys during the late night. 

3. London Underground

Public transport in London also has a vast and extensive London Tube or Underground network. There are nine zones in total, with Zone 1 for Central London, while the network has 11 lines. There are contactless payments and Oyster cards for payments. Services are from 5 AM till midnight with Night Tube services for some lines on Saturday and Friday evenings. Zones 6-9 are on the city outskirts. 

The Elizabeth Line links Reading and London Heathrow to Abbey Wood and Shenfield through key central London underground and railway stations including Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street, and Paddington. There are thousands of furnished apartments in London situated near the Tube network and its stations as well. 

4. Docklands Light Railway

The DLR (Docklands Light Railway) is the best way to get around London according to several local residents living in East London. This takes care of the southeastern and eastern parts of the city. This is also connected to the network of the London Tube. Payments can be made via Oyster cards or other contactless payment choices. It also links to the London City Airport and IFS Cloud Cable. The DLR is a driverless network of trams and they have interchanges with the London Underground at leading Tube stations such as Canary Wharf, Bank, and Tower Gateway (Tower Hill). The DLR caters to Beckton, Docklands, Stratford, and London City Airport alike, along with Lewisham and Greenwich. The rides begin at 5.30 AM and conclude at 12.30 AM between Monday and Saturday. Sunday services are from 7 AM to 11.30 PM. 

5. London Riverboat Services

Another unique facet of transportation in London is the riverboat service over the Thames. The views are spectacular along the entire route. Uber Boat is available courtesy of Thames Clippers and payments are possible via Oyster cards and contactless payments. All piers are accessible, with the exception of the London Bridge City Pier and the Cadogan Pier. The routes include Millbank Pier, Westminster Pier, Bankside Pier, London Eye Pier, Greenwich Pier, London Bridge City Pier, North Greenwich Pier, and the Woolwich Ferry. 

6. London Railway Network

Along with the DLR, London also has local railway lines like the National Rail Service, Elizabeth Line, and the London Overground. They link with numerous routes and the Tube network as well. Payments are possible via Travelcards, Oyster cards, and Visitor Oyster cards along with cards for contactless payments. Public transportation in London is characterised by the London Overground which has several routes covering suburban parts of London with stations across Zone 1 and also till Watford in Hertfordshire. Multiple Overground stations have interchanges with the underground network. The Overground Night Service runs for 24 hours on Friday and Saturday nights. 

The National Rail runs local railway lines in London along with services to several London airports. The key operators include Great Northern, Chiltern Railways, Greater Anglia, London Northwestern Railway,  Great Western Railway, Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink, South Western Railway, and the National Rail network which links London to other parts of the United Kingdom. Those on the Elizabeth line from Heathrow may reach central London in only half an hour.

7. Taxis, Minicabs, and Black Cabs

Black cabs can only be approached on the roads. Cabs denote their availability by switching on the yellow taxi sign. Black cabs are metered options with a minimum fee. Minicabs are affordable options as they are often not metered. Phone and app bookings for cabs are also available, along with options on the streets. Private hire includes chauffeur-driven limousines, local minicab operators, and more. 

8. IFS Cloud Cable Car

This offers an option to go over the Thames and witness the skyline while reaching the Royal Docks from the Greenwich Peninsula. The journey usually takes around ten minutes and cable cars are available from North Greenwich or the Royal Victoria side. 

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