There’s no doubt the best advice for riding the London Tube is ‘Stand on the Right. Walk on the Left.’
Advice for Riding the London Tube #1- Avoid the Traveling Circus!
Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus are indeed… CIRCUSES! Ok, so you probably won’t see people riding elephants. However, you will see complete and utter chaos! This is largely because they’re highly concentrated areas for tourists. If you’re a New Yawker, think Times Square.
Further, Victoria Station is popular because it’s a hub for people going to and coming from Gatwick Airport. Therefore, nearly everyone in transit there is battling an out of control, ginormous suitcase. Sounds like a fun group to walk around, eh?
Advice for Riding the London Tube #2- Don’t Bite the Apple in Covent Garden
There are no escalators, just a lift. It’s a sadistic trap for anyone claustrophobic. Talk about turning Eden right in to Hell!
Riding the London Tube Advice #3- MapQuest It!
Be sure to look at an actual map with stations marked, rather than just the Underground Map from TfL.
Sometimes it can be faster to walk to a location rather than change stations. Check out this area near Regent’s Park. Within a 5 minute walk, you can find Baker Street and Great Portland Street stops (on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City Line, and Circle Line), Euston (Northern Line), and Warren Street (Victoria and Northern Line) and Regent’s Park (Bakerloo Line).
Riding the London Tube Advice #4- Watch Yourself!
If you use an Oyster Card and travel outside Zone 1, it literally pays to look at your watch before starting a journey. Peak travel times are Monday-Friday 6:30am-9:30am and 4:00pm-7:00pm.
Your travel rate is determined when you swipe your card IN to start a journey. So, I start journeys at 9:35am, 3:55pm, and 7:05pm whenever possible. This puts me out of Peak Travel times/rates.
Riding the London Tube Advice #5- Don’t Get Too Comfortable
Hopefully the first four suggestions for making your London Tube journey will make life a bit easier. However, it’s never a good idea to get too comfortable on the train. You might fall victim to someone taking a less than flattering picture of you…
There’s a little advice for riding the London Tube. What questions or tips do you have, Sunny friends?
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