The London Underground is a transportation rail network that services London and the surrounding areas.It may seem like a challenge if you’ve never used the London Underground before.If you keep a few tips in mind, you will be able to navigate the city like a pro.
Step 1: There is a map of the Tube.
A map is important if you’re not familiar with the Tube.The lines are clearly marked and can be used to determine the best route to your destination.You can get a map from the London Underground Information centre.You can get one online from Visit London at: https://www.visitlondon.com/traveller-information/getting-around-london/london-maps-and-guides.
Step 2: You can find your departure and arrival stations on the map.
You can mark the closest station on the map.You should find the closest station to where you want to go.The Tube stations are open between 5:00 and 12:00 a.m.
Step 3: The route between those stations can be traced.
You may need to change lines to get to your destination.Write down the name and color of the line so you know which train to take.You need to know the direction of the line.There are two platforms, East or West Bound.Tube Map by MapWay can be used to figure out the best route.The Tube has 11 lines that serve 9 zones.
Step 4: You will pay between 2 and 6 per trip.
The price of your journey on the Tube is based on a number of factors, including how you pay, what time of day or night you are traveling, which of the zones you travel through, and how long you stay.
Step 5: If you only need to ride the Tube once, buy a paper ticket.
If you need a single fare, it makes sense to purchase a one-time ticket.There are designated ticket stations for the London Underground and Transport for London.
Step 6: If you plan on using the Tube for a specified time period, you should use a Travelcard.
You can use the London Underground and Overground transportation services for an unlimited number of rides with a Travelcard.Travelcards are available at all Transport for London, Underground, and Overground stations.
Step 7: If you ride the Tube frequently, use an Oyster card to save money.
Oyster cards are the most popular way to pay.This card can be used to pay for public transportation in the city.You can buy one at any Underground, Overground, or Transport for London station.You can find more information on Oyster cards at the TFL.gov.uk.
Step 8: Contactless can be used to withdraw funds from your bank account.
You can use a designated credit card or mobile device to pay for your fare with the Contactless service.When you pass through the barrier, the funds will be withdrawn every time you use your card or device.To create a Contactless account, go to: https://tFL.gov.uk/fares/contactless-and-oyster-account
Step 9: You can get past the barrier by entering the tube station.
You can find the one closest to you by looking at the 270 Tube stations.Follow the flow of traffic until you reach a yellow card reader.You can use your Oyster Card or mobile device to get your ticket or Travelcard into the slot.If there is no barrier, you don’t need to do anything if you have a paper ticket or Travelcard.
Step 10: You should make your way to the correct platform.
You can get to the right line by following the signs.Pick the tube that goes in the direction you need it to go.Wait for the tube to arrive.Before you board the train, be sure to read the information on the front of it.
Step 11: Don’t forget the gap!
Prepare to board once the train arrives.You have to step up or down about 20 cm from the platform to the train car in order to see the driver.Information about accessibility can be found at: https://tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility.
Step 12: Arrive for the journey.
Cell phone signal is spotty at best, so don’t expect to spend the ride scrolling through social media or catching up on calls or emails.During the ride, take a book, crossword puzzle, or other form of entertainment to keep you busy.If you get a seat, try The Metro, a free newspaper that is sometimes discarded on the seat next to you.Hold onto the rails if you can’t find a seat.If you pay attention, you can get off at the right stop.Listen for announcements and watch for station signs.The trains have electronic notices that advise where you are and where the train is headed.Don’t worry if you miss your stop.If you want to get to your final destination, you should get off at the next stop.Sometimes you can go back and forth on the same line.
Step 13: If necessary, transfer the trains.
If you need to take more than one line to get to your destination, exit at the necessary station, follow the signs to locate the right platform, and get on the next train.If you exit the station through one of the yellow barriers, you won’t have to pay more, but you should if you see a pink card reader on the platform.There is an announcement on board where you need to go to get to another line.
Step 14: You can exit the gate by using your card or ticket.
Go to the gates after you disembark from the tube.Proceed to exit the station by touching your Oyster Card or mobile device to the machine.If the gates are open, you must check them.If you have a paper ticket or Travelcard, you don’t need to do anything if you use a yellow card reader.Scan before you leave!If you don’t, your journey will be considered incomplete and you will end up paying more than the cost of the fare you actually took.
Step 15: You need to have your ticket or payment card ready.
Someone who holds up the queue because they can’t find their payment card will annoy people the most.You should get your method of payment out before you enter the station.
Step 16: Wait for other passengers to disembark.
As soon as the doors open, don’t try to squeeze through them.Allow other people to get off the Tube before you do.You can make your way through the train car to allow other passengers to disembark.
Step 17: Put your seat in the hands of expectant mothers.
Passengers are required to yield their seat to pregnant women.They’ve taken the awkwardness out of this situation by giving expectant mothers baby on board badges.It’s a good idea to give up your seat to people who are sick or elderly.
Step 18: Stand on the right side of the escalators.
Some people won’t appreciate you blocking the escalator.If you’re going to stand instead of walking, move to the right side to allow others to pass on the left.Stay to the left if you’re walking down the stairs.
Step 19: Personal belongings should be kept close by.
Don’t put your belongings on the platform, keep them in sight.Pick a bag with a zip to prevent pickpockets from taking items out of your bag.A cross-body bag can deter thieves from grabbing your bag and taking off.