London is a large, busy city with a strong transportation network that covers every corner of the city. Transport for London is responsible for the underground, buses, overground trains and a cycle scheme offering a variety of options for getting around. The Oyster Card is an essential item for travelling around London. It is an electronic ticket that works on the underground system and buses as well as some overground train routes. More information on the Oyster Card.
Trains and the Tube
London has an extensive, well-connected rail network of overground and underground trains. The London Underground (also known as the Tube) is one of the best ways to get around the city, particularly on longer journeys, although it’s worth noting that most services stop running on week nights around midnight. The network is divided into 6 travel zones from Central London (Zone 1, where London Business School is situated) to Heathrow Airport which is located in Zone 6.
Each line is colour coded, which makes finding your way around a lot easier.
Buses can also be a quick and efficient way of travelling around London and there are night buses that operate on certain routes outside of normal daytime service hours. Rush hour traffic (between 08:00 and 9:30 and 16:30 and 18:30) can slow things down significantly.
The most common form of taxis in central London are 'Black Cabs', which can take up to 5 or 6 passengers. You can hail a Black Cab on the street or go to a taxi rank. Tipping is optional.
Cycling is a popular method of transport for lots of London commuters and London now has a city-wide cycle hire scheme available. There are ranks of these rentable bikes across the city and you can Find out more about where to find them and prices at the Cycle Hire scheme website.
Walking is one of the most underrated ways of getting around the capital. Often, people jump onto the tube or a bus without realising that their destination is a five minute walk away! Walking is also a fantastic way to see London, get our geographical bearings and build an understanding of where places are.
Find out more about walking routes.