EuroCheapo's London Transportation Articles

London: 5 bus routes every visitor should know

London: 5 bus routes every visitor should know

If you want to get to know London properly, why waste your time being crushed too close to a commuter on the Tube when the London bus offers a far more pleasant way to get around? And it’s also far cheaper. Using an Oyster card, it’ll cost you £4.40 a day at most to get » Read more

Orbiting London: Going Underground and Overground

Orbiting London: Going Underground and Overground

If your idea of fun is traveling in circles, then London’s Circle Line was made just for you. In truth, the trains don’t orbit forever and with each 360 degree circuit you’ll need to change trains to continue your orbit. Edgware Road is the usual changeover point. The Circle Line: Barely subterranean Like many points » Read more

London’s Heathrow Express: 15 minutes of theatre

London’s Heathrow Express: 15 minutes of theatre

Railways breed euphemisms. We always smile when we hear railway staff at London’s Paddington station refer to “the lawn.” There is nothing green about the lawn, but that’s what they call the concrete concourse where travelers gather, scanning the list of upcoming departures, at the inward end of the platforms. Another old Paddington euphemism, one » Read more

London: 4 ways to save on public transportation

London: 4 ways to save on public transportation

By Nina Derham in London— London is a costly city in many ways, but public transport prices are really ludicrous. For Londoners and commuters alike, January is an especially sore point and outrage spreads on an annual basis when the January 2nd price hikes come into force. 2012 is no exception, as this year the » Read more

St Pancras Station, London: A place to linger

St Pancras Station, London: A place to linger

London’s St Pancras station is the grandest terminus in a city that is full of wonderful railway stations. It is a place to linger. For 140 years, this spectacular station has been the jumping-off point for travelers bound for the East Midlands and Yorkshire. Wider horizons Four years ago this week, St Pancras found new » Read more

London’s Bridges, Tunnels and Ferries: Top 5 ways to cross the Thames

London’s Bridges, Tunnels and Ferries: Top 5 ways to cross the Thames

You probably saw the recent news that London’s civic authorities are pressing ahead with a plan to span the River Thames with a cable car. This new public transport service across the river will connect two important Olympic venues and should be up and running by this time next year. It is not the first » Read more

London: The city’s new bike-share program pedals forth

London: The city’s new bike-share program pedals forth

Paris did it, albeit with a few setbacks, and now it’s London’s turn to implement a public bike-share program. The mayor has championed cycling in the capital as a green and healthy means of navigating the city. He was also keen to be snapped riding about on one of the new bank-sponsored bikes for the » Read more

London: The Cheapest Way to Heathrow—Train, Tube or Car?

London: The Cheapest Way to Heathrow—Train, Tube or Car?

Every traveler has been there: You touch down in an unfamiliar city and feel immediately discombobulated. Getting out of the airport, sleep-deprived, with all of your luggage in hand is one thing—then you’re faced with the sometimes gargantuan task of figuring out how to get into town. Some of us jump in a taxi—and pay dearly » Read more

London Buses: Finding a route, saving on tickets, and why we love ‘em

London Buses: Finding a route, saving on tickets, and why we love ‘em

Any visitor to London will undoubtedly leave singing the praises of the Oyster card. Not only is the Underground’s “pay-as-you-go” card efficient—you just swipe in when you get on the Tube and swipe out when you get off and the fare is deducted from your pre-paid account—it can also save a traveler loads of pounds. » Read more

London Transportation Tip: Get the most out of the Tube!

London Transportation Tip: Get the most out of the Tube!

London, a sprawling city offering no shortage of things to see and do, can be a bit daunting when it comes to public transportation. But one huge advantage to getting from place to place in Her Majesty’s city is that many sights and attractions are in the most central neighborhoods. Cheapos on-the-go can save quite » Read more

London: Oyster cards reduce transit costs

London: Oyster cards reduce transit costs

We’d like to take this opportunity to extol the virtues of London’s Oyster. Oyster card, that is. In a city fit for a queen, it often seems that prices for everything can be a royal pain. However, with the little blue and white Oyster card, visitors and locals alike benefit from drastically reduced rates on » Read more

London: “Mind the Gap” Voice Silenced over Spoofs

Emma Clarke, the ubiquitous voice behind “Mind the Gap” and “Stand clear of the closing doors” in London’s Underground, has been fired by the Tube, according to news reports published in London today. The sacking of Emma took place because the voice-over professional published a number of quite funny faux-announcements on her personal website (which » Read more

London: The Eurostar Arrives at St. Pancras Station

We’re psyched that the new and improved St. Pancras train station opened this week in London. The depot, rebuilt and improved with a $1.7 billion budget, boasts more than just slick rails. Indeed, St. Pancras Station boasts the longest champagne bar in Europe, its own underground shopping mall and—most importantly—the fastest Eurostar journey to date » Read more

hidden europe: Eurostar’s New London Terminal

hidden europe: Eurostar’s New London Terminal

You cannot have missed the hype surrounding Eurostar’s imminent move from its existing London terminal at Waterloo to St Pancras. For those anxious to get from Paris or Brussels to London in a rush, the Eurostar train is certainly the way to go, offering city-centre-to-city-centre journey times with which the plane simply cannot compete. Fares » Read more

London Stansted: Late Night Escape Plan

London Stansted: Late Night Escape Plan

If you’re anything like us, you’ve taken your fair share of late-night budget flights into London Stansted, that hub of hubs motoring Ryanair’s route map. For those traveling into London post-flight, here’s a quick guide to escape from Stansted. Stansted Express runs its last train to the Liverpool Street station at midnight Tuesday through Thursday » Read more

London: Oyster Card for Visitors

London: Oyster Card for Visitors

We highlighted London’s love affair with the Oyster card. To simplify things for short-term visitors, there are also two Oyster cards specifically intended for tourists—a one-day card and a three-day card. The Oyster card for Visitors gives cardholders nearly 50% off all cash fares around London on tube, tram, bus, and Docklands Light Railway. Although » Read more

London Transit Tip: Travel with Your “Oyster”

London Transit Tip: Travel with Your “Oyster”

We asked you for your best London budget tips and you provided! Thanks! Our winning tip was provided by Dan F., who lives and works in London. “Everyone in London gets around with an ‘Oyster card.’ The cards don’t cost anything to use and they get you major discounts on all public transportation in London.” » Read more