If you have London on the top of your itinerary, then you are sure to have the best vacations ever. Did you arrive in London at Stansted, Gatwick, Heathrow or Luton airport and you are unsure how to get into London or move from place to place? Get your bearings from the London tube map, gain access to affordable and safer travelling experience when you buy the London Oyster card. If you would be driving, ensure you read up about congestion charges in Central London. Moreso, this guide will supply you with the necessary information to make your stay in this excellent city fun and memorable.

Local trains in London

The city’s underground train network is available to access all parts of the city and even beyond the tube.

The tube is well connected with a variety of local train lines accepting payment using the visitor’s Oyster card, Travelcard, Oyster card and contactless payment card. Visitors can also use the Transport for London Journey Planner.

There are six routes operated by the London Overground service (Transport for London). Visitors can find useful information about rail services and routes in London, as well as timetable and fares on the National Rail Enquiries. On their website, there is a full list of network maps, train operating companies, and other things you should know about the transport system in London.


You can use a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card or Travelcard, as well as contactless payment cards, on all London Overground trains and most National Rail services in zones 1-9.

How much you pay depends on the time of the day and which lines you use. If you pay with a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card or contactless payment card, the fare is the same. For contactless payment cards issued outside of the UK, please check for any transaction fees or bank charges that may apply. You can also buy train tickets for travelling in London with thetrainline.com.

You cannot use a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card, Travelcard or contactless payment card on Heathrow Express, Gatwick Express, Stansted Express, and a few other services. See the Transport for London website for further details.


The National Rail Enquiries website provides detailed information about rail services in London, covering routes, timetables, fares and access to stations and trains.

Just like the Tube, access to platforms at rail stations usually involves using stairs. There is also generally a step of a few inches between the platform and the train.

Arrangements can be made for passengers with mobility impairments, including people who use wheelchairs. Train operating companies can usually arrange for staff to meet you at the station, accompany you to the train and see you safely on board. Ramps can be provided for people using wheelchairs, to get on and off trains easily.


Left luggage services in London

If you ever forget your luggage during a commute, you need not to worry as there is left-luggage service London to cater for that. Most of the large mainline London stations have left luggage facilities available. The Excess Baggage Company offers a baggage forwarding facility at Paddington, Euston, Waterloo, King’s Cross, St Pancras International, Liverpool Street, Victoria, and Charing Cross stations. Get in touch with the right authorities, and you will be able to recover your luggage.

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If you’re here as a family, you’ll find plenty of things to do in London with kids and find suitable accommodation such as London holiday apartments. Whether you’re looking for the best weekend breaks in London or planning a longer holiday in London, you can be sure you’ll find all the information you need.

All Getting Around London

Bus Station
DLR Station
Overground Station
Rail Station
River Pier
Tube Station

Whether you’re travelling around London by Tube, bus, DLR, London Overground, bike, river service, or on foot, always consult a map or guide before you travel.

London Tube map
The Tube map [PDF 265KB] is a design classic and makes navigating London’s underground rail network simple. This up-to-date and easy-to-use London tube map marks all stations which have step-free access, riverboat services, trams, airports and more. Your single must-have map when travelling across London. More Information visit TFL

Oyster cards and travel cards in London
Whether you’re making a one-off trip to London or you’re a regular visitor, using an Oyster travel smartcard is the easiest way to travel around the city’s public transport network.

Contactless and mobile pay as you go
Use a contactless card or mobile device for adult rate pay as you go travel on all our transport services.

London buses
London’s iconic double-decker buses are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around the city, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way.