Travel in East London
||Travelling in east London
is pretty straightforward once you have grasped the
basics that will enable you to get where you want to
go without too much hassle.
As with many cities around the world the most accessible
and reliable way to get around is on foot, however if
you don’t fancy working on your fitness just yet
then there are alternatives.
The underground tube service is probably
the best way to get around as it is easy to understand
and gets you where you want go quickly. Tube trains
come along every few minutes however you need to make
sure you read the overhead boards carefully as although
trains run on the same line they can sometimes take
one of two routes. This is especially significant if
you intend to travel to the end of the line.
The main lines that operate in the east of London are
the Hammersmith and City (pink), Victoria (light blue), Central (red), and District (green) lines. There is also an East London
line (orange), which at present only links
The DLR (Docklands Light Railway)
is a driverless overground service that also operates
in east London and is the main connection to many key
east London locations.
The main rail station for the underground connections
is Liverpool Street [map]. However the following
tube stations are particularly useful as they connect
to a number of lines in the east:
Buses are another way get round and
about east London. Probably best used for short trips
if there are time restrictions but if you have time
on your hands then leisurely travel on the top floor
of one of London’s red double deckers can often
be a pleasant ride.
- Bank – Central, Waterloo & City, Northern,
- Tower Hill – District, Circle, DLR
- Bow - Hammersmith & City, District, DLR
- Stratford – Central, DLR, National Rail.
Tickets can be purchased for single journeys on any
of these forms of transport and you can also buy ‘travel
cards' which allow you unlimited travel on
your chosen form of transport for a certain time period
(day, weekend, week), however there are combined tickets
For the purposes of public transport, London has been
split up into 6 zones, Zone 1 being central London with
Zone 6 being closer to outskirts of greater London.
Combined ‘travelcard’ tickets are sold in
Zones and allow you to travel freely within these zones
on buses, trains, tubes and the DLR.
Driving is another option however
you would be best advised to leave the car at home –
especially if you are unsure of where you are going.
If you want to travel by car then a taxi will probably be your best option and with thousand
operating in the London area you should find that one
is readily available.
Black cabs can be hailed on the street
by sticking your hand out to one passing by that has
the ‘taxi’ light lit. As an alternative
to Black Cabs there are also private hire taxis, these
should not be hailed but booked in advance by phone
or by going to the taxi office.
This should probably go without saying but just in case….
If you are flexible with your travel times avoid peak
time if at all possible. This is usually weekdays between
7.30am - 9.30am in the mornings and between 5:00pm and
6.30pm in the evenings.