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Getting around (and to) London

The fastest way around: the Tube. Not so good south of the river, and patchy in the East, but generally fast, easy to understand and somewhat reliable. Outside the centre there are suburban and intercity rail services, plus there's the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and Croydon's [Tramlink]?.

Buses cover more of London, and are cheaper, but they're harder to find information for, it's easier to miss your stop, and they're still not as nice.

For those with the cash, the Taxis are the transport choice that gets most points. If you're prepared to fork out a lot for a slow journey to somewhere you could try the recent innovation (to London) of Pedicabs.

You can drive yourself around London, but it's a bad idea, really.

Cycling and motorcycling are both common, but there aren't as many cycle paths as there could be and motorcycling is even riskier than it is in other cities.

Walking can be good for shorter distances, and sometimes, in the centre, beats even the buses and tubes for some medium length walks. Longer walks help you map the (notoriously complicated) London geography.

Sometimes people get fed up of London and want to escape. The Oxford Tube is a coach that will take you to the city of dreaming spires.

Journey Planning

Transport for London's Journey Planner website will give several recommendations on how to get from A to B using the best combination of Tube, Buses, Walking, Rail, DLR, trams, coaches and even river services. It provides maps of how to walk between connections and integrates with the online timetables to estimate your journey time. You can even set your walking speed to optimise transport choices!

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