London is well-known for its extensive and very well-established public transport network, operated by Transport for London. The network includes the London Underground, buses, light railway, and the London Overground.
The Underground and Overground are particularly useful in a city that can suffer heavily from congestion. They run frequently and quickly whisk commuters across the city even servicing some of London’s suburban areas.
Although it is possible to purchase single tickets and travel cards, the best, and cheapest, way to travel on public transport in London is to buy an Oyster card. The Oyster card itself costs £5 and can then topped up with credit as and when it’s needed. Journeys paid for by Oyster are cheaper than with standard paper tickets. On most services, contactless bank cards can also be used in the same way as Oyster cards.
Commuter boats are operated by MBNA Thames Clippers, and aren’t covered by public transport passes. But we’d recommend hopping on board anyway, they are a great way to see the UK’s capital and in relation to tour boats are relatively cheap too.
London’s iconic black cabs are notoriously expensive, so if you do want to travel by taxi you’re better of ordering a licensed minicab or requesting an Uber, or another private car service. If you want to drive your own car in the city and intend on going into central London, don’t forget about the daily £11.50 congestion charge.
London does welcome walkers, particularly along the River Thames, but bear in mind tube stops appear a lot closer together on the Underground than on foot. Cycling is popular in London and there are a great deal of designated cycle lanes. It’s also possible to rent a Boris Bike from locations all over the city for just £2 per half hour.