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Welcome to London

We run one of the largest public transport networks in the world. Our transport services are fully integrated, so it's easy to switch between them to get around. Buying a Visitor Oyster card before you leave home or using your contactless card contactless card to pay for your fares makes it even easier.

You can plan your visit to London by downloading our Visiting London? leaflet: an essential brochure with key information about our transport network, getting to and from central London, and discovering the city.

You can also download this leaflet in French, Italian and Spanish:

Transport services

There are a variety of ways to get around London, depending on where you want to go and how you want to travel:

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London Underground (Tube)

There are 11 colour-coded Underground lines. Services run regularly from around 05:00 to 00:30 on most routes. Night Tube services start on Friday 19 August 2016, which means you'll be able to travel all night on Friday and Saturday on the Victoria and Central lines; and from autumn on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. Find out more about Tube services.

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A cost-effective and easy way to travel around London, buses generally run from 05:00 to 00:30. Night buses operate on many major routes from around midnight to 05:00, and some operate a 24-hour service. Please note that it is not possible to pay for your London bus fare in cash. Find out more about our bus services.

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DLR (Docklands Light Railway)

DLR trains in east London run from 05:30 to 00:30 Monday to Saturday and from 07:00 to 23:30 on Sunday. Take the DLR to Canary Wharf, Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich, ExCel London, London City Airport, or Woolwich Arsenal. Find out more about DLR services.

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London river services

A relaxing way to see the sights. River Buses are a great alternative to the Tube or bus, while River Tours offer a variety of experiences from sightseeing trips with commentary to high speed adventure. Find out more about river services.

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London Overground (LO)

Orbital line serving London's suburbs. These local trains run from around 05:00 to midnight Monday to Saturday and from around 07:00 to midnight on Sunday. They're a great way to see hidden parts of London. Find out more about London Overground services.


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Tram services run in south London between Wimbledon, Croydon, Beckenham and New Addington from around 05:00 to 00:30 Monday to Saturday and from 07:00 to 00:30 on Sunday. Find out more about Tram services.

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TfL Rail

Services run between Liverpool Street and Shenfield from around 05:20 to 00:30 Monday to Sunday. These services will form part of Crossrail, which opens fully in December 2019. Find out more about TfL Rail.

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Taxis & minicabs

London's famous taxis (or black cabs), can be hailed on the street, booked in advance or picked up from designated taxi ranks. Find out more about taxi and minicab services in London.

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Emirates Air Line cable car

Offering unique city views, the cable car is the highest observation point over the Thames. It connects The O2 and ExCeL London via terminals at North Greenwich (Jubilee line) and Royal Victoria (DLR). Open seven days a week, it's a great way to see London. Find out more about Emirates Air Line cable car.


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Santander Cycles

London's self-service bike hire scheme for short journeys. There are over 10,000 bikes for hire and 700 docking stations. It costs £2 to access the bikes for 24 hours, and the first 30 minutes of every bike journey you make in that 24-hour period is free. Find out more about Santander Cycles.

Fare zones

London's transport network is divided into nine fare zones. Zones 1 and 2 are in central London, and Zones 6-9 are on the outskirts of the city. Heathrow airport is in Zone 6. Find out more about fare zones.

Travel times - peak and off-peak

Travel fares vary depending on the transport service you use, the zone(s) you travel in, the day you travel and the time of day you travel - peak or off-peak.

  • Peak travel is between 06:30-09:30 and 16:00-19:00 Monday to Friday; travel is more expensive during peak hours.
  • Off-peak travel is at all other times (including bank holidays). Travel is cheaper during off-peak.


Whether you're taking the bus or Tube, on two wheels or by boat, we've got the right map to help you get to where you want to be. Visit our Maps page to find out more.

Top travel tips

No other city is as defined by its transport system as London: with its instantly recognisable red buses, black cabs and Tube trains.

Millions of journeys are made on London's transport network every day which can make travelling a bit challenging for visitors. Follow our travel tips to make the most of your experience, and save time and money. 

Visitor Centres

Want to know how to make the most of your trip to London? Visit one of our eight Visitor Centres to get advice on travel, places to visit and buying travel, attractions and tour tickets. Find Visitor Centres and opening times.

Travel information in your language

Find information and resources about travelling around London, transport services, tickets and fares, Tube maps and TfL leaflets in your language. Information in other languages.

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