London is one of the most popular tourist destinations for tourists from all over the world. If you are visiting the city for the first time, it’s possible that the hustle-bustle of this city can get a bit overwhelming.
The most iconic, efficient and may be a bit overwhelming feature that attracts and frightens a new visitor is the London tube system. Over 150 years old and oldest underground system in the world, the tube is the lifeline of the city and a boon for its infrastructure. It features close to 270 stations and 250 miles of tracks. It is one of the best things that can happen to tourists as the cabs in London are a bit expensive and the central part of London is not very car friendly. So, to ensure you use the tube system efficiently and enjoy it fully like an experience in London, here are some key pointers you need to know.
Once you are ready to board the tube and explore the city just-like-the-Londoners-do you will need to do the following:
- Use the tube map: Almost all tube stations have free tube maps available at the entrance of the station and are free to collect. Make sure you keep these maps handy so that you can figure out the route of to your destination and can find your way in case you get lost. This also comes handy when you are underground and can’t get any signal on your phone and google-god is out of reach.
- Buy an Oyster Card: You must buy yourself an Oyster card when travelling in London tubes to make your commute simpler and quicker. If you are travelling with kids under 11 years, they go free and for kids aged between 11-15 there is a subsidised rate. This Oyster cards works on buses and some trains as well.
- Stand on the right: Many London tube stations feature escalators to go up and down. If you are using these escalators, please make sure you stand on the right side of the elevator and keep the left side free for commuters who want to walk their way up.
- Platform and Tube etiquettes: Here are some London tube etiquettes you must follow when travelling in the tube:
- Always keep your Oyster Card ready when you are at the entry or exit point. Remember that the tubes are always busy and is used by Londoners who are always in rush. So, you don’t want to be the reason of delay for anyone.
- There are some seats on the tube that are called Priority Seats, ensure to vacate these if you see an elderly person, pregnant woman or someone with a small child.
- Don’t hog the seats, make sure you are using one seat for one person and making the best use of the available space.
- When boarding the tube please don’t stand in front of the door, leave the centre free for those getting off, once everyone is off then make your way in.
- Always walk along the platform and don’t wait at the entrance of the platform. This helps distribute the crowd evenly on the platform.
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What not miss when in London?
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