If you are visiting London for the first time then continue reading this article and you can thank me later! London is a magnificent city and one of my favorites for the reason that it has something to offer to everybody. If you are visiting London then you must know the six things that I have listed below. These would make your life easier and travel hassle free:
1) Plan your trip using Visit London website
You must definitely browse through this website before visiting London. It has loads of information on everything you may need to plan your travel – What to visit, things to do, sight seeing passes, travel information, where to stay and tickets & offers. This link is your official guide to London.
2) Buy an Oyster card
An Oyster card is a travel smartcard that can be purchased and recharged as you travel around London. It is the easiest way to travel around this city’s excellent public transport network. You can use this smart card on the tube, bus, DLR, London over ground and most National rail services.
There are two types of Oyster cards – one Visitor Oyster card and another commonly called as Oyster card. If you are buying an Oyster card before reaching London it would be a visitor Oyster card. Visitor Oyster card costs 3 pounds (non-refundable) plus postage. If you are buying an Oyster card after arriving in London it would be a Oyster card. Oyster card costs 5 pounds (refundable) and can be loaded with credit as you travel. You can also choose to get a daily, weekly or monthly pass based on your usage.
For more information on Oyster cards click here.
3) Plan each journey using TFL website
Once you have decided where you want to go, do check out the TFL site on how can you reach there.
Plan your journey using this site as it not only tells you how to reach a particular destination but can also give you customized results based on your choices for medium of transport, accessibility requirements, walking speed and whether you want the fastest route or route with minimum walking or route with minimum changes. Live status updates on traffic, tube, rail DLR, London over ground, Bus, Tram, Emirate airlines and river services are available on this site. You can also check out fares, book tickets, top up Oyster and download maps from this site.
4) Carry a map of London and a tube map