On top of the move to London, actually getting around London can be a bit daunting as Londoners travel across the city 24/7 so here are some tips of how to make the best use of the London transport network as you adjust to living in the big city.
1. If you don’t already buy an oyster card as this will save you lots of money throughout your time at QM, and are easily bought at any tube station.
2. Avoid rush hour if possible. There is nothing enjoyable about being packed in a tube carriage or stuck in road traffic on top of a bus. This applies even more in summer as warm temperatures can make these journeys unbearable.
3. If you have a young persons rail card, add this to your oyster card as this can reduce tube travel buy 30%, and will have the same discount as a discounted student oyster card. This can be done by going to the customer services office in any tube station.
4. Get the bus around the city. Buses only cost £1.45 each journey and in specific areas are much easier to travel by instead of the tube network.
5. Try the DLR and London Overground networks. Forgotten lines in London but provide more pleasant journeys and tend to be cheaper than the well-known London Underground Lines. Furthermore, the DLR has often been described as a roller coaster, due to automated trains and ability to move through buildings in Canary Warf.
6. Sometimes walking can be the best alternative to travel place to place as areas are actually closer than you might believe and will save you money.
7. Try to cycle around the city, as this is not only good for the environment but also good for you. London roads can be scary at times but most areas have developed specific cycle lanes and more cycle lanes are in the pipeline to be constructed in the city in the coming years. If you don’t have your own bike, try one of these blue ‘Boris bikes’ out as these bikes are easily accessible in zone 1 & 2 and if used in under 30 mins they are free.
8. If you have an iPhone or android, it might be helpful to download the app CityMapper as this will be able to give you transport advice for how to travel to one place to another.
Local stations to QM:
· Mile End (Central, District and Hammersmith & City Lines)
· Stepney Green (District and Hammersmith & City Lines)
· Bow Church (DLR)
· Whitechapel (District, London Overground and Hammersmith & City Lines)
Helpful Bus Routes:
· 25 – Busy bus route that runs along Mile End Road from Stratford to Oxford Street. This is the bus you will want to catch if you’re going out in central London.
· 205 – Bus that can take you to Shoreditch and Kings Cross and Paddington.
Hope these tips are helpful for getting to grips with travelling around London, and adjusting to the busy nature of the transport network.