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07-27-2006, 11:04 AM
Been to London before and know the ropes? Cabs vs buses, or are you a fan of the Underground? Tell other people of your experiences in this thread.


07-28-2006, 02:30 AM
I prefer the underground. Buy a one day travel card that can be used on buses, underground and train. Only costs GBP4.50 a day.

Visitors staying around the centre of London shouldn't have much difficulty getting to Earls Court using the tube.

07-28-2006, 02:46 AM
I prefer the Tube too. Buses are OK but taxis as expensive in London.

Most travellers will be able to get from their entry point to where ever they are staying and then on to Earl's Court (which has a dedicated Tube station).


07-28-2006, 10:28 AM
Although I hate to travel in Lisbon's subway (don't ask me why), the tube has been one of my favorite means of transportation while abroad, in a city. It'll be also our transport of choice, next year.

07-29-2006, 08:53 AM
It's the tube for me, simple, and fast.

08-01-2006, 01:53 AM
Here is a tube map of London.


This is a link to the Underground website (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/).

You will also find information on London Transport nuses.

This is the link ot the route map (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/buses/spiders/pdf/earls-court.pdf) that will get you to EC.


08-02-2006, 07:55 AM
Tell other people of your experiences in this thread.

Ohhhhh one thread for all my experiences with London's Transport thats not nearly enough.

Seriously though, if staying in London always buy your travel tickets after 9:00am as its cheaper and don't be conned into buying a multiple zone travelcard if you only intend on traveling within Zone 1. Taxis (black cabs) are pricey but are officilly licensed, don't accept taxis that aren't Black Cabs that attempt to pick you up on the street as they are illegal minicab touts. If traveling into London by train book your tickets early so as to get the best rates.

08-02-2006, 08:51 AM
Cool info, ODB. It reminds me of this last April when I went to Paris, landed at Orly and took the first black Class S Mercedes I saw at the arrivals door. This small gesture made me pay 90 for a 30' ride to downtown Paris when a regular taxi cab would only fetch around 30-35 ... http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/crazy.gif Thank God I was on a business travel and had all my expenses covered, but I learned my lesson http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/wink.gif

This prompts the question: for those of us (we're 4) who go into the UK by air, what are the best options in terms of transportation to the City's centre? Considering it's too early to tell at which airport we'll land, so... any help sure is useful.

08-02-2006, 10:07 AM
If coming to the UK by air it will depend on how many of you there are and which airport you are arriving at. All the major airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted) have rail links to London though these can be expensive (20-40 for a return) if there are several of you and will only drop you at the mainline terminals (Victoris for Gatwick, Paddington for Heathrow and I think its Liverpool Street for Stansted) so you will have a cab ride/tube ride at the other end. If there are a lot of you flying in then all chipping in on a taxi will be cheaper, especially if you can prebook a private hire one rather than getting a black cab from the arrivals.

In pure practical terms Heathrow is probably the closest to Earl's Court with Gatwick second and Stansted third. London City Airport is in the East End of London and pricey to use but it does have a link to the DLR (and thus the Tube network) as well as loads of cabs. Try to avoid Luton though as its miles away and not that easy to get to.

08-02-2006, 12:10 PM
If there are a lot of you flying in then all chipping in on a taxi will be cheaper, (...)

Thanks again, ODB! Going with the wifey and our two sons, who do figure will "chip in", mm? http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Or rather: http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/frown.gif http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/frown.gif http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/frown.gif

08-06-2006, 07:03 PM
If you go by plane, you will land in Heathrow. There is a train connection to Paddington Station, London (IIRC), but I will go by Tallys I think, and well.. also arive at Paddington.

08-07-2006, 05:19 AM
Too early to that. I still don't know which airline to take, so there are no certainties yet that whatever I choose will land at LHR, or LGW (Gatwick), or STN (Stansted) or even LTN (Luton).

Personaly I'm counting on landing at LHR, because there's a good aircraft model shop there ("Collectors Aircraft Models Ltd"), I count on spending a few pounds at. But, in the end, it'll all depend on which company charges less for the flight. We'll see...