Your Guide to London’s Public transport system

London is known for its many different forms of transport, from its extensive underground rail network (called ‘the underground’ or ‘the tube’) to iconic Red Routemaster buses. For first time travellers, the transport network can be a little daunting but rest assured, London Tailored Tours is here to put your mind at ease with our comprehensive guide to travel cards in London.

Tour Guide Fact: The London underground network is the oldest in the world. It was opened in 1863 and now measures 402km in total.

Old Underground Tunnels

Transport in London has been cashless since 2014! There are many ways to pay for your travel – the easiest way is with our famous Oyster Cards. All of the zones in London can be reached with these cards, this includes Underground (metro) and Overground rail services and of course our Red Buses.

Tour Guide Fact: Oyster cards are so named after the phrase ‘The world is your oyster’ as they give you travel across all 6 transport zones of London!

London Transport rail map
London Underground and Overground map.
Photo credit: JarkkoS on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-SA

The Oyster Card

This is the perfect card if you are here for more than a couple of days. These cards cost £5 and are refundable at the end of your visit. Purchase your regular Oyster card online or at newsagents and rail stations when you arrive here in London. You are able to register your Oyster card online if you wish for ease of top up, but you don’t have to. The easiest way to top up is at a rail station or newsagent. Remember, you cannot get a family Oyster card and each member of your group will need there own one.

Tour Guide Tip: The daily price cap on Oyster cards is £11.60. So don’t worry, you’ll never spend more than this in a day, however much you travel!

The Day Travelcard

Only here for a day? Then why not buy a day travelcard. These work on all the same forms of transport as an Oyster Card and prices start from £12 per person. They can be purchased from any railway station, including underground stations.

Routemaster Bus on Westminster Bridge.
Photo credit: Leonard Bentley on VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

All of our guides will help you with your transport needs so do feel free to ask us on tour!

We can’t wait to ride the classic red bus with you on our Best of London Tour!