London is home to one of the most diverse communities in the world. Nearly 1/3 of Londoners were born abroad, and over 200 languages are spoken here.
The Cheapest Way to Travel In London?
One of the reasons why London is the best City in the World must be the fact that has one of the best transports and best connected.
London’s public transport network, locally called the London Tube, is divided into nine travel zones. Zone 1 is in Central London, and zones 6 to 9 are on the outskirts of the city.
For the best way to reach your destination, one can use Transport for London’s Journey Planner.
Oyster card, Travelcard, Visitor Oyster card or use a contactless payment card to get the best value as paying cash is the most expensive way.
Of course, before traveling make sure you have paid some money on to your oyster card. If you need to do it at any station, you will find a machine where you will be able to put credit on your Oyster card.
Oyster card can be used on the 11 London Tubes, (DLR), trams, London Overground trains, buses, river bus and Emirates Air Line.
An adult cash fare on the London tube for a single journey within zone 1 is £4.90. Tube fare for the same trip with Oyster card or contactless payment card is £2.40.
For contactless payment cards (bank cards and credit cards) issued outside the UK, please check for transaction fees or issuer bank fees.
Please note that you need to touch your oyster in and out
There are different discounts for children, students, and elderly travelers on the London subway.
Very young children do not need their Oyster card if traveling with a fare-paying adult. Ask station staff to open luggage gates for children to go through. Alternatively, some of the luggage gates are opened automatically with a paper ticket or Oyster card.
Some children travel free or at a discounted rate if they have a Zip Oyster card, which is a young person’s photocard. Online applications must be placed in advance for a young person Zip Oyster card.
Children under five can travel free at any time on the London Tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), buses, trams and London Overground, providing an adult accompanies them with a valid ticket. Children aged 0 to 5 also travel free on the Emirates Air Line when accompanied by a paying adult.
Children aged five to 10 travel free at any time by Tube, DLR, London Overground, and most National Rail train and coach services in London (where pay, as you go, is accepted), providing they travel with an adult who has a valid ticket. Please note that up to four children can travel free with one adult or if they have a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard. They can get on public transports unaccompanied and without a photo card on trams and buses.
On MBNA Thames Clippers river bus operating services, kids 0 to 5 travel free. Family River Roamer ticket is available, which permits unlimited hop-on-hop-off river travel for two adults and three kids after 9 am.
Children aged between 5 to 15 also pay child rate fares on the Emirates Air Line.
Children aged 11 to 15 years travel free on buses and trams and at child rate on Tube, DLR, and London Overground services when they have an 11-15 young person Zip Oyster photocard.
16 and 17-year-olds can get 7 Day, Monthly or longer period Travelcards, plus bus and tram pass, at child rate if they have a 16+ Oyster photocard. They can also be charged half adult rate for journeys on Tube, DLR, and Overground.
You may have to buy a ticket for children on overground train services, but discounted rates are offered. It is cheaper to book trains in advance.
If you are a student aged 18-years and older and live in a London borough and are attending a full-time qualifying course can also apply to get 30% off the price of adult-rate. This is valid for Travelcards and bus, and tram passes.
Information correct at time of writing, please check Transport for London for the latest fares before traveling.