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Getting around London

Transport for London
London has an outstanding transportation system. Transport for London’s network includes bus, tube, overground services, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), tram, bicycle, riverboat and National Rail. Public transport is affordable and often the quickest method of travel within Central London. There are nine fare zones, with zones 1 and 2 located in Central London – the zone numbers (and fare) increase as you move away from the city.

You have two payment options for getting around the city:

  1. Oyster Card:  A pre-paid card that deducts money as you tap in and out at stations or on the bus. Purchase at any station and top up your Oyster Card with a deposit.
  2. Contactless and mobile pay as you go: Use a contactless card or mobile device for pay as you go travel on all London transport services. Apple Pay and Google Pay contactless mobile payments are accepted. You may be charged international transaction costs if you are travelling from outside the country; in that case, getting an Oyster Card would be a better option.
Accessible public transport
For accessible travel around London, check out accessible public transport via the official website visitlondon.com.

Public transport apps
Download either of the following trusted apps on your phone to plan journeys and navigate through the city:
  1. Citymapper - The Ultimate Transport App
  2. TfL Go App - Maps, routes and more to plan your journey - Transport for London