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Bus,tube and boat-getting around London

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Port Elizabeth...
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Bus,tube and boat-getting around London

We'll be in London for 3 days after Christmas and want to see a few of the main sights. How easy is it to use the bus service?

The tubes are so easy to fathom out how to get to places, so I'm wondering if there's a site that would set out the routes?

We're also wanting to go to Greenwich, possibly by boat one way, then return by bus/tube or rail.

Lastly, my daughter would love to go to The Cake Boy in Battersea Reach, but we can't find rail stations near by - could someone please advise on how to get there.

Thanks

Stanley, Falkland...
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1. Re: Bus,tube and boat-getting around London

Hi,

This site is indispensable -

www.tfl.gov.uk

Just put your journey start and end points into the planner and it will give you details and maps how to get there.

If there is no train in the area, buses usually fill the gaps.

Bingley, United...
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2. Re: Bus,tube and boat-getting around London

< Lastly, my daughter would love to go to The Cake Boy in Battersea Reach, but we can't find rail stations near by - could someone please advise on how to get there. >

The map on their website shows Wandsworth Town Rail station about half a mile away - but there may be better ways of getting to The Cake Boy depending on where you are starting from and how far you are willing to walk

http://www.cake-boy.co.uk/contact.php

Ossett, United...
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3. Re: Bus,tube and boat-getting around London

The buses are fabulous. (I'm a bus convert.....)

Not only are there spider maps at each bus stop showing you where they go, once on board there is both an electronic voice and a digital display that let you know what each stop is before you get to it.

You still have to ding the bell to show you want to get off (some stops are request stops, not compulsory) but once the name of your stop is announced, ding once and it'll stop.

Oh, and based on a limited experience of once, it's better to get tube/dlr to Greenwich and the boat back in - when I did it it was virtually empty for half the journey, lovely. A bit cattle trucky afterwards.

Vancouver, Canada
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4. Re: Bus,tube and boat-getting around London

tfl.gov.uk/assets/…central-london-bus-map.pdf There are a great many buses from which to choose in central London. The spider maps Aliidh mentions are easier to decipher; you can find them on line and at many bus stops.

Just to add to the charm of taking the DLR from or to Greenwich, you can use Island Gardens as the destination station (rather than Cutty Sark) and walk under the river en route: http://www.greenwich-guide.org.uk/tunnel.htm

Luxembourg
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5. Re: Bus,tube and boat-getting around London

Another vote for buses. They are super simple to use once you figure them out. They can be cheaper than the tube and rarely more expensive. With a bus you see a lot more than tunnels.

Port Elizabeth...
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6. Re: Bus,tube and boat-getting around London

Thanks so much for all the responses, lots of useful info here.

7. Re: Bus,tube and boat-getting around London

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