London Transport

The London Underground "The tube"

The London Underground, or ‘the Tube’ as it is universally known to Londoners, is normally the quickest and easiest way of getting around London. With 275 stations conveniently dotted across the city (63 in central London), you are never far from a Tube station. Most people in London use the Tube.

London is served by 12 Tube lines and 274 stations. Underground trains on all lines run every few minutes between 5.30 and 00:30 from Monday to Saturday, and between 7.30 and 23.30 on Sundays. No smoking is allowed on the Underground. The Tube is highly recommended for tourists.


London Underground lines
Line Name Map colour Length
Bakerloo Line Brown 23 km / 14 miles
Central Line Red 74 km / 46 miles
Circle Line Yellow 22 km / 14 miles
District Line Green 64 km / 40 miles
East London Line Orange 8 km / 5 miles
Hammersmith & City Line Pink 14 km / 9 miles
Jubilee Line Silver 36 km / 23 miles
Metropolitan Line Purple 67 km / 42 miles
Northern Line Black 58 km / 36 miles
Piccadilly Line Dark Blue 71 km / 44 miles
Victoria Line Light Blue 21 km / 13 miles
Waterloo & City Line Teal 2 km / 1.5 miles

London Underground tickets

If you want to travel by London underground you must have a ticket or a TravelCard. Single ticket allows you to travel from one place to other, only once. Its prices start from 1£ and they grow the farther you wish to travel. TravelCards are more convenient - they allow you to travel by the underground, buses, and by the local train services in the area of London. They may be valid for different periods of time, for example: a day, a week, a month, or even a year. You can get them at underground or national railway stations from a staffed ticket office. In addition you can buy one-day TravelCards from ticket machines at the stations.

Day and 3 Day Travelcards
 Day3 Day
Journey in zones:PeakOff-PeakPeakOff-Peak
1 - 2 £6.80 £5.30 £17.40 -
1 - 3 £8.00 - - -
1 - 4 £9.40 £5.90 - -
1 - 5 £11.80 - - -
1 - 6 £13.80 £7.00 £40.00 £20.00
1 - D £15.00 £8.20 - -
2 - 6 £8.40 £4.80 - -
2 - D £9.80 £5.10    

Useful links about 'The Tube':

* London Underground Map: PDF || GIF

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information from wikipedia.org and tfl.gov.uk