London Underground
London Underground
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London Underground, better known as the Tube, has 11 lines covering 402km and serving 270 stations. Opened in 1863, it is the world's oldest underground railway network, and one of the largest.
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Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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  • Wayne G
    Troy, Michigan23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Convenient, Time and Cost Effective
    Ran like clockwork for us; staff always helpful pointing us to the right platform. We just used MasterCard to tap in & out; versus getting an Oyster Card. Quite envious for those of us who don't have a subway system at home.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 27, 2023
  • Wei Bing L
    Ipoh, Malaysia427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Most Efficient & Affordable Way to get around London City
    London has one of the best underground train network in the entire world. You can travel anywhere on the tube and there is a daily capped limit for the transportation fees that you pay. In June 2023, the daily capped limit is GBP8.10 per person in zones 1 & 2.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Ryan38904
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal staff & easy to use.
    Left a mobile behind on the tube by accident, said it to the staff at Leicester and they couldn't have been more helpful. Found it for us within 15 minutes and the staff were so kind. They refused to take a tip as a thank you. Coukdnt believe they found it for us, was sure it was a goner. Phenomenal staff working there and the tube itself is so easy to use for getting around. Cheapest way to get around London, can tap your phone/card instead of buying tickets. Highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Nicholas A
    Datchet, United Kingdom8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check Line
    Carefully pick what line you go on. Very good access to the majority of London. I mostly use Central and Circle. MESSAGE: Some lines are definitely better and newer than others. For example: Elizabeth is one of the best, but better than circle and Central is one of the worst because of: Lack of air-con, lot of sweaty men, crowded during Peak times. However, does have really good access to some of the most important buildings and towns in London. Some of the best: Elizabeth, Circle Some of the worst: Central, Bakerloo, Piccadilly
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Lady B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Above and beyond
    Would just like to praise an employee who is working today 12th July 2023 on the Elizabeth line in Farringdon by the name of Joseph. I'm currently travelling to Heathrow from Farringdon via Elizabeth line and my mum is terrified of lifts so took the stairs to meet me on the platform but had thought I'd come out of the lifts upstairs. As I was waiting in between platforms A and B for my mum to come down the escalators, Joseph asked if I was ok and I simply told him I was waiting for my mum. After what seemed like around 20mins, I was frantically looking around for her and Joseph came back to see if everything was ok and decided to go out of his way and make an announcement for my mum to hear. I am so appreciative to him because my mum is autistic and can't handle situations like this where we can't find eachother and just a simple gesture like that really went a long way.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 12, 2023
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good way to get around London
    We spent a few days in London and took numerous trips on various lines of the underground. The network is extensive meaning you can get to most parts of the city. Fares are very reasonable and we were lucky enough to get seats on most journeys, although that is not a given. There is no need to buy a ticket/ Oyster card if you have a credit or debit card as you can simply scan that at the gates. However, the Oyster card offers better value if you are in the city for a while.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Rambling_Giant
    Glasgow, United Kingdom798 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy But Extremely Useful .....
    It’s always daunting when you’re about to use the Underground. You unquestionably imagine large crowds, various counts of map navigation and horrendous queues at ticket machines. However, my experience was fairly straightforward and not as stressful as expected. Apart from getting my luggage momentarily stuck at one of the ticket gates (slightly embarrassing), there were no delays or problems with any of my lines and I got a decent seat on all connections. Yes, the central lines were busy but at no time did I feel unsafe or stressed. The trains are noisy and a little bit shaky at certain points, but expected. All in all, fairly comfortable. My advice is simple - look after your belongings, buy the correct tickets, use the maps and if you’re unsure, just ask the staff. Doing that, you should have no issues!
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written July 19, 2023
  • JW42
    Espoo, Finland68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really, really helpful staff
    When it works, it works. When it doesn't it's a real pain. There was a shutdown of parts of some lines one day. Getting from place A to place B included a couple of dead ends before we got there. There was quite a lot of staff around and helpful when asked for help how to get from A to B. Some of the lines are really loud. Working in those conditions without HPD probably would not be allowed... Some of the old stations are quite cramped. And hot.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • FamilyofFiveSF
    San Mateo, California155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Efficient, cheap, clean way to get around London
    Whenever we visit London, we ride the Underground Tube and it gets us where we need to go. It's safe, clean and efficient. We rode into Kensington from the outskirts of London via the train connection at Waterloo. Navigation was easy. I also rode the tube home from a late night theatre in West End and felt perfectly safe.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Dave5588
    Carmarthen, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Piccalilli line driver
    We used the piccalilli line today ( saturday 12th ) and have used the tube on many occasions, however none have been so enjoyable as today on our way to national history museum at 10.30. The driver, due to a fault on automatic information on next stop etc, was so witty and made us smile, even laugh with his informative comments. Thank you, whoever you are 👍😄
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
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Cooperman
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I was a solo traveller in a big city. I was daunted thinking of travelling on the underground. 1st ticket i bought using machine and using pin number and collected ticket. 2nd time i thought id ask the young staff and god im pleased i did. She absolutely fantastic. Explained exactly where i was going and the trains i needed and best of all. She took me to the entrance machine and took 5 mins of her time showing me how it is much easier and believe me cheaper to just tap your debit card using contact less. Explaining its like using a ticket u just find out where and what platform you need. Tap your card finish your journey and on the way out tap your card to exit. 1st 2 journeys any where is £2.40 then if you use loads never more than £7.40. I only paid approx £16 in 4 days travelling all over. For london thats excellent. But make sure you know the line and train you need. Do not hesitate to ask the staff they where brilliant with me every time. Never got lost once.
Written February 10, 2020
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Shelly8242
Beit She'an, Israel100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
There is no comparison to the London underground--Tube!!! it is wonderful. we bought an Oyster Card on line putting in a sum we thought would cover our travels. My grand daughter is under the age of 11 so she went free. The Underground is easy to use, quick and well explained. My only complaint is that some of the stations have steps which are not user friendly for disable people. This really has to be addressed.
There were signs which told you how long the next train would be, each train announced the stops, the maps of the lines where in each car. True, during rush hour, the tain is crowded. But this is true in any city.
The oyser pass is also good for the bus system. it is an experience traveling on the two decker London buses.
I highly recommend getting an oyster card and traveling around London conveniently. if you have money left over on your card, under 10 pounds, it is refunded immedieately. if it is over 10 pounds you can call or write to the company and they will credit your bank credit card. Well worth buying and using!
Written March 7, 2020
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OkanaganJim
Oliver, Canada18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The underground is the best way to travel around London. We visited London in early December for a week, and the underground offers a week-long unlimited pass for the public transport (Oyster Pass) for about $30 US, and we certainly got our money's worth.
The pass itself is worth about 5 pounds, and at the end of your week, just take it back and you will get a refund of your 5 pounds.
The British are all polite and travelling on these public trains was fun. We are seniors and without exception if the train was crowded, invariably someone offered us their seat. What civilized folks they are!
Written January 7, 2020
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That Dubai Blogger
Dubai, United Arab Emirates284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
If you wanna move around london, it’s best through the tube as it is called. London is very expensive especially when it comes to Transportation so it’s best to use the tube and the good thing is, it’s everywhere in london and you don’t have to go through traffic at all. Be careful though, it gets too crowded during peak time (check on their website to know when peak time is) so this may delay your journey and avoid peak pockets during this hour due to the crowds.
Written January 26, 2020
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Chimesboss
Ocean View, DE312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have used the Underground, on trips to London dating back to the 1970s and have watched the system revamp and upgrade itself. While it can be crowded at times it linked with the London Overground and TFL rail make it possible to reach virtually any part of the city.

While London has a well established bus system as well for visitors such as myself I find the Underground easier to use. The map and signage once you have used it a few times makes it easy to get around the city. There are also plenty of apps that will allow you to use your current location and enter the name of an attraction you want to go to and will provide detailed instructions making it a snap even for a first time visitor to get round the city with ease.

While the emphasis had been on the Oyster Card as the preferred mode of payment more recently contact-less payment cards and phones with Apple Pay or the Android equivalent mean you can skip loading up the Oyster or buying a single ride ticket. TFL the system operator caps fares for the day, so its important that what ever method you use for the first trip of the day should be used for every other one to take advantage of the cap.

Another thing to be aware of is parts of this system are very old and the concept of barrier free construction was not a consideration when much of the system was built. For people with mobility impairments it can present challenges, one of the common issues is the height of the train floor and the platform can be as much as 6 inches different. Some platforms curve and therefore the infamous Gap you need to mind can be large. Many stations have stairs and in some cases they can not be avoided. Because the system has been built over time the newest lines are often quite far below ground, long escalators are not uncommon.

The map will show stations that are barrier free as well as connections between other services.

I enjoy also looking at the diversity of architectural styles running from Victorian, to Art Deco, to Brutalist and and post-modern designs.

The subsurface line trains are very modern and large than the Tube trains which are smaller. A taller person may be somewhat uncomfortable if forced to stand on a Tube train as the ceiling height is fairly low.

Also this system is growing quickly with the addition of new lines and extensions being added all of the time so it pays to check the map and get a new map between trips as it will change and new connections can shorten a journey.
Written January 23, 2020
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hollaa01
London, UK34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
If you’re visiting it’s essential you get to grips with the London Underground.

For a large mass transit system in one of the biggest, busiest cities on the planet it’s doing a pretty decent job of keeping everybody moving.

My main tips would be as follows:

1) Do your research in advance. Where are you staying? Find the nearest tube stop and plan your routes accordingly — which lines, interchanges and stops do you need to know about? Which are close to the things you want to visit during your trip?

2) Download apps to help; Apple Maps has live transit info for London which is very clear to follow, just turn on the transit layer by clicking the ‘i’ icon. There’s also CityMapper which provides quickest routes. Sometimes, walking is quicker so don’t presume you need to use the tube for everything! The map makes things look further apart than they really are and you’d be missing out on seeing things from street level (for example, Covent Garden to Leicester Square is a five minute walk but longer, hotter and more stressful on the tube!)

3) For your own sake, and those who live in London, don’t queue up to buy tickets or Oyster cards. In 2020 it really isn’t necessary. Use your contactless debit/credit card or Apple Pay to touch in and out and you’ll pay absolutely no more than you would if you had a ticket. It saves you so much time and irritates regular users far less :)

4) Let people OFF the trains before attempting to board. It’s common sense.

Written August 22, 2020
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VinnyP1
London, UK608 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have lived and worked in London all my life. If possible I walk, if I can't I take the tube. It's called the underground but actually more is above ground.
Its made up of many lines that are from different eras so they are all slightly different. It can get busy at rush hour but still works out well. It is part of an integrated public transport network so interchanges with National Rail, the Overground, trams, boats & even a cable car.
Whilst you can buy tickets (worst) and oyster cards (Rechargeable) these days cheapest and easiest is to use a contact less credit card. This can also be used on all other public transport in greater London and gets you the best fare. Capped and a daily rate depending on which Zones you travel through & when. Just be careful to touch in and out (Except buses) on the readers if there isn't a barrier.
Google will find you the best route BUT remember there is usually no phone signal on the underground and even where there is WiFi it's clunky and unreliable, so know your route before going down. It works well all things considered but we have to complain about it, as its the rules.
Written January 27, 2020
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Sightseer593648
North Vancouver, Canada19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
An impressive system that will get you around the city faster than any other method.

If you plan to use the underground, suggest you purchase & load an Oyster Card. This is the cheapest & most efficient way to ride. These cards are available at station ticket booths for a £6 refundable charge. Just return the card through the ticket booth after your last ride.

Try to avoid rush hour when the trains can get really unpleasantly crowded. And then some more people will pack in at each station.

Be aware that most stations have lots of stairs & very few have elevators/lifts or escalators. If any of your party is physically challenged it will pay to plan ahead & find suitable stations. These are marked on the Underground map.

Written March 5, 2020
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anonymous365
Antarctica9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
At rush hour you will not be able to get on the first or even second and third train. Once you do get on the train you will be squished up against people in a stuffy carriage at risk of getting pickpocketed. Also, you will have to pay a higher fare so try to avoid rush hour. Otherwise TFL services and the tube is pretty good especially since a train comes every minute.
Written February 3, 2020
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RealTySharpe Travel
Moorhead, MN559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I may be a little bias as I grew up here, but it has been many years since I had to weave my way across London on the underground. Compared to train systems in other major cities, the Tube is by far the most easiest to get around on. We purchased our Off Peak Travel cards at Liverpool Street Station after getting off the overland train. It was easy to pick and pay for the 6 zone cards that work on all buses and underground trains. We then weaved out way to Seven Sisters and later back down to get all the way out to Canons Park and back again. Trains are every minute or 2 and you rarely wait more than 5 minutes during the day and during the most busiest times. Keep ahold of children and travel partners as people are moving quickly and its east to get mixed up or put on a train before everyone gets in.
Written February 14, 2020
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