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Review of London Underground

London Underground
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Private London Underground and Tube Tour
Ranked #18 of 1,841 things to do in London
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Owner description: London Underground, better known as the Tube, has 11 lines covering 402km and serving 270 stations. Opened in 1863, it is the world's oldest underground railway network, and one of the largest.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

As a Londoner who has travelled on the Tube since I was 4 & a half years old, I thought as a Londoner I should give it a review. It is a brilliant and fast way to move around London, made easier by the oyster card which means you don't have to worry about queuing at ticket offices every time you want to travel. You just touch the yellow pad at the barriers to get in and then the same again when you are exiting. That easy! You will have to get the card at a station if visiting, but that isn't an issue and they will advise you on the best one to get as a visitor. Maps of which Tube line to get ( colour coded) and staff will help you find your way. Download the tube map as an app onto your phone before you arrive will familiarise you with your local station and which line it is on. There are different zones which affect cost of travel, but to be honest, don't worry about them - just hop on and go! Yes, the tube gets busy during peak hours and always has a steady flow of passengers throughout the day, and yes there are delays. The Northern Line ( black colour) is a bit notorious for such problems. But generally you will only wait a few minutes for a train so if that one is crowded, just wait for the next one. Try the end carriages as they are sometimes a little less crowded. Don't be afraid to ask someone for directions when on the train - despite rumours, someone will look up from their phones and paper to help. Tourists always stand out ( you are the ones who look relaxed, happy, all the time in the world ) so do be aware of handbags/wallets. When you go onto a platform or reach the top of the escalator, please stand to the side or move down the platform. Nothing frustrates Londoners more than careering into a wall of suddenly stationery happy people!! On the escalators - stand on the right to allow others to walk on the left. When I was in New York I was surprised at the low level of maintenance with their underground stations. It made me appreciate how much work is put into keeping ours clean and bright and spruced up. Still loved the adventure of New York though. Do take in a visit to the London Transport Museum in Covent garden to see how the system has developed over the years. That is on the Piccadilly Line - dark blue and is the line you can take straight to Heathrow all terminals. Considering how many millions of people the Tube system carries every day it is amazing at how well it runs and keeps London moving. So come and make it part of your tour when in London. And no.... I don't work for London Transport either!!!!!

Thank Veronica T
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

we were afraid to use the TFL but finally it was so easy for us to get our oyster card with the machine and to move with the "pay as you go" during our five days, to top it up and be refunded at the end of our stay
it's easy to follow their plans and useful maps and so good not to have to change money using the tube or coaches or boats on the thames river
great transport in london and cheap "cap day" after around 7 pounds it's free ....
thank you tripadvisor london forum for the tips

1  Thank globetroter04
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

London has one of the best underground systems for people to get around. It's lines are easy to follow, the stations and cars are clean, and the people are civil without the pushing and shoving that often we experience in our US metro. Lots of stops and you can use your pass for buses too which are also convenient, easy to ride and follow.

1  Thank Loren A
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Look this is the Underground that started it all. Londoners have done a fantastic job keeping this easy to get around for all us visitors regardless of language barriers. Don't be afraid to use it. They have great informative maps and there is always personnel to help you navigate your way through. I love the Tube and take it everywhere I go. It connects to trains and bus stations making getting around a breeze. VERY afforable. Just be cautious as some of the ticket machines only take credit cards so make sure you activate yours before you leave.

1  Thank Spary09
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

From where we live, public transportation is hit or miss. Plus, it could take several minutes to hours to when the next train, subway, and/or trolley comes. The underground was very impressive in the frequency it came. It's something that many might take for granted but knowing and experiencing different places of public transportation, the underground works really well.

1  Thank Chillaxin71
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