Public Transport


London's public transport is among the best in the world for such a large city, and although the locals often find something to complain about, it generally works extremely well.

The 3 main elements are the London Underground, known as the "Tube", the Bus Service, and London Taxis.  

The Tube

The tube network stretches over 402 km/249 miles and carries over 1.2 billion passengers per year. There are 207 stations.  There are a variety of different tickets available for purchase, with most tickets being of the contactless type called "Oyster cards". There are 6 zones radiating out from the centre with increasing price structures the further you go out of London, with zones 1 & 2 counting as a single zone for most tickets. Over 90% of our clients tend to live in Zones 1 or 2. Prices range from £4.50 (cash) or £2.10 (Oyster) for a single trip, £8.40 for an unlimited journey one-day pass, to £1216.00 for an annual ticket. The multiple journey passes are also valid on the bus network.

Buses

While the tube network is fairly easy to use and plan, the bus network is so diverse that it may take a fair bit of study to understand it. However the bus network is far more comprehensive than the tube network and carries over 6 million people every working day - almost twice the number of tube journeys. 

Taxis

London taxis are famed the world over. Every taxi driver has to take a three year course - known as "The Knowledge" - during which they drive on scooters the length and breadth of the city. At the end is a gruelling test and only on completion of the test are they allowed a licence. There are two main taxi styles, both being distinguished by yellow light on the roof - only when the light is on is the taxi available for hire. The fare shown on the meter is the fare payable, and you are not expected to tip unless the driver has provided an extra service - helping you with bags etc - however when paying cash it is perfectly acceptable to round up the bill.