Well, I've traveled all over the US and to a number of foreign countries. I've used the subway in NY, Philly, Amtrak all along the East Coast, but the London Tube (aka "the Underground") is freakin' amazing! My daughter and I were in England the summer of 2011 for 19 days and we used the tube and regional railways to get everywhere. It's clean. It doesn't smell. It's well-marked. There are stops for everywhere you want to go. There is no one begging for money. The buskers that are in the stops have licenses and have some MAD skills that are worth your pocket change! You CAN get pretty much everywhere with very little walking via the tube. Big Ben? Check! Greenwich? Check! Leicester Square? Check! Buckingham Palace? Check! Picadillly Circus? Check! Heathrow Airport? Check! Gatwick Airport (Just a short train ride, but, yes... Check!) I could go on, but you get the idea... One thing we did was get an Oyster Card that we could preload with credit and use pay a lower fare per trip than paying cash (plus you don't have to worry about exchanging your currency for English pounds prior to entering the underground!) and you can top off your card at most tube stations. Bonus - you can use the Oyster card on busses too so you can see London above ground if you desire!
There is also a great TubeMap App that can tell you what your closest tube stop is, how to get from point A to point B (which lines to take and which stations to change lines) and when the next train is. I HIGHLY recommend the App as it was interactive and you simply followed the command of where to go and when to switch trains instead of staring at the map on the wall of the station (the closely resembles a bowl of colored spaghetti!) and clearly look the part of the tourist while impeding the flow of traffic. Also, the trains run so frequently that even when my daughter got on one train and I got on the next, the wait between them was only about 5 minutes. We never had need of a taxi (even to get our luggage to the hotel - we were right across the street from Victoria Station) and never had any "weird experiences" like we've had on mass transit back in the US. I wish I had the tube in the Detroit area and I could commute this way instead of the 12 mile commute that took an hour this morning!
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