London Guide: Getting around London

London is one of Ticmate’s largest destinations in terms of the number of products we sell as well as how many of our customers buy one or more London product.

One question we often get is how best to get around London.

As you’re probably well aware, London is a complicated web of tubes, trains, and buses. It’s all actually well connected, but getting from one side of town to the other can take a long time (and potentially involve a few transfers of transport lines). Therefore, we’ve made a quick guide to making getting around London. 

How Best to Get Around London?

The key to success is to group your activities together geographically, so that you don’t have to go back and forth into an area you’ve already visited. A good idea is to use Google maps which also shows you the nearest tube, tram and bus stops. 

It’s also a good idea to save any recommendations and planned sights and attractions onto Google Maps on your phone before you leave to make things easier.

It’s also a good idea to invest in an Oyster Card or a Travelcard. If you buy tickets every time you get on a bus or tube, it’ll drain the pounds out of your pockets at a depressing rate.

Another great tip is buying a Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass and explore London by bus.

How to get into London from the Airport?

There are many options getting into London from the airport, it all depends on where you land.

If you land in…

Heathrow Airport: The fastest option is the Heathrow Express. You could also hop on the tube, but it can be stressful getting in and out of the tube with your bags and suitcases.

Gatwick Airport: Gatwick Airport Train (Thameslink) is your cheapest option and Gatwick Express is by far the fastest and most stress-free.

Stansted Airport: The easiest option from Stansted Airport is taking Stansted Express into Liverpool Street Station.

How to Get Around While Sightseeing?

If you want to make the most out of your time in London, the tube is easy to use to get around, but we can’t recommend enough booking a Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass. Your Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass allows you to explore the city at your own pace, taking you from attraction to attraction.

From your double-decker sightseeing bus, you can enjoy the view of London passing you by and avoid the rush of commuters on the tube.

The Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass are available in a 24 or 48-hour pass and can be used on all four lines and over 90 stops.

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