Travel to London
So, how to travel to London? You can get to the city either by plane, by train or by bus or coach.
Flights to London
The City of London has 5 airports – Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton Airport, London City Airport, and Stansted. If you are coming from Europe, the best idea is to fly in with a low-cost airline. There are many airlines that offer routes between London and various European cities. EasyJet and Ryanair are perhaps the most well-known budget airlines. If you are traveling from outside Europe, your best bet is to take a close look on some of the travel websites for the best deal.
Trains to London
Getting to London by train is fast and easy. Local, regional, national and international rail services also serve the city. London has numerous central mainline station, including London Waterloo (where Eurostar arrives from Brussels and Paris), London Bridge, London Victoria, London Paddington, London Liverpool Street, London St Pancras, London Kings Cross, London Fenchurch Street, London Euston, London Charing Cross, and London Cannon Street.
Where can you buy train tickets? You can purchase them for journeys within England online from such websites as The Train Line and QJump. You must check timetables and fares to help you plan your travel to London.
Buses to London
You might get to the city by bus/coach from elsewhere in Britain or from other European cities with companies like Eurolines. Getting to London by bus is pretty easy: the bus will take you to central London. On the other hand, getting to the city by coach will take you to London Victoria coach station, close to Victoria train station right in the heart of the city.
London’s city center remains cramped with people, although it is far less congested by cars than it used to. Compared to other neighborhoods such as like Hampstead and Bloomsbury, the city is harder to stroll through. Getting around London by foot can give you a good vibe for the exceptional character of the city. But when your feet start to ache, a reliable and easy-to-use option is to take a public transportation. Read on to know more about London transportation.
With so many London attractions that you should not miss, one great way to see and hear the city is to take a bus tour. The city is very famous for its red double decker buses. Bus tours allow you to experience the delightful sights and sounds of the city on hop on-hop off English open top buses. Unless you are traveling at rush hour, sightseeing by bus is an enjoyable way to get around London, with the most out of this world views in front of you.
The Tube is another excellent London transportation option. The Tube is a great way to get around London, but you should avoid rush hours because trains can get very crowded. The Tube operates everyday from 5:30 am until around midnight. It opens around 7:00 am on Sundays and is closed every 25th of December.
Some lines are more modern and much faster than others. These include the Piccadilly, Victoria, and Jubilee lines. If you are traveling to London during the hottest days of the summer, it is a very good idea to avoid rush hours from 8:30 am to 9:30 am and from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
You can easily find taxis in London especially when you are staying in central London. It is this easy: hail one down in the street, use a dial-a-cab service, or go to a taxi rank. All London airports, train stations, and many squares and streets have taxi ranks.
Taxis make a good London transportation mode since you can always find them outside major hotels. If you are staying at a hotel, the reception will find a taxi for you. But if you go out during peak time, prepare yourself for a long wait. Taxis in the city have a basic charge even before you start your travel. The meter starts running when the taxi starts to move.