London public transport

Everything you need to know about using London’s buses, taxis and trains. We have information about Oyster cards, travelcards and contactless cards, including how much they cost and how to get cheap fares for seniors and children. We also have a tube journey planner, and maps of local car parks and minicab companies.

Oyster cards Visitor Oyster

Everything you need to know about Oyster cards including the fares, how to use it, how to top it up, refund the credit, and the difference between Oyster and Visitor Oyster.


Everything you need to know about 1-day, weekly, monthly and annual travelcards including the prices, where to get one, how to use one on the buses and trains, and info about the zones.

Contactless cards

Everything you need to know about using contactless payment cards on London’s buses and trains including the cost, how to use them, how to get a receipt, and which bank cards are valid.

How to use the buses

Adult bus fares · Child fares

A beginner’s guide to riding on a London bus: learn about the fares and all the different ways to pay, find out about senior passes, photocards, how often the buses run, where to find a bus timetable, and how to get on and off. RecommendationsCraig recommends…If you like buses then try the No.11 sightseeing bus and No.15 heritage route. I’ve also put together a marathon bus journey and marathon journey by road, rail, sea and air.

How to use the trains

Adult train fares · Child fares

Choose a station:

Journey between two stations:


Journey to a tourist attraction:


Train strikes · Train delays

Check your journey won’t be delayed by engineering works.

Black cab fares

Everything you need to know about catching a black taxi. See how much they cost. Learn how to book one over the phone, hail one in the street, how many people fit inside, and whether taxi drivers charge extra for luggage.

Find a minicab company

Addresses, telephone numbers and opening hours for hundreds of minicab firms all over London. Search for a local minicab company by area, or find one close to a tourist attraction or London Underground station.

Boat rides

Timetables and fares for the most popular tourist boats in London: City Cruises, Thames Clippers, Thames River Services and more. See which piers they stop at and how often the boats run.

Barclays cycle hire

Everything you need to know about riding around London on a Boris bike: how to pay for it, how to get it out of the rack, how long you can ride it for, and what to do if you have a traffic mishap.

Driving in London Find a car park

Information about paying the congestion charge if you’re thinking about driving a car into London, and street maps for thousands of local car parks.

Sightseeing buses

Everyone who comes to London thinks about getting a sightseeing bus. We’ve reviewed the most popular ones: Original Tour, Big Bus London, London by Night and Ghost Bus Tour.

Emirates Air Line (cable car)

Did you know that London has a cable car? Find out where it goes, how much it costs, how often it runs, and how long it takes. We’ve also written a review and taken some photos of the view.

Heathrow airport · Heathrow Express · Gatwick · Stansted · Luton · London City

Information about London’s five main airports including how to get there by bus, taxi and train, and whether they have left luggage.
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