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City Travel in East London

City 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 five stations.

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:
  • Bank – Central, Waterloo & City, Northern, DLR
  • Tower Hill – District, Circle, DLR
  • Bow - Hammersmith & City, District, DLR
  • Stratford – Central, DLR, National Rail.
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.

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 available.

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.

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