London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben' clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.
London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transportation. It is the world's largest financial centre and has the fifth or sixth largest metropolitan area GDP in the world. London is often regarded as a world cultural capital .It is the world's most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the world's largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic.
This is one of the most popular means of transport, the London subway network is wide and effective. It is an effective method of transfer. The downside is that the basic price of a trip can cost you around £ 4.90. Depending on the amount of areas you cross you will pay more or less. Use the subway when you have to travel great distances.
Currently the underground offers a night service only during weekends: on Fridays and Saturdays.
The London bus network is quite interesting, if you travel to London, you have to try a trip in those typical red double-decker buses, because this is an amazing way to travel and get to know London. Using the bus to move to a neighborhood or nearby is highly recommended, much more than getting off the subway.
Many of the bus routes in London (especially those in the center that are zone 1 and zone 2) operate 24 hours a day every day of the week. There are night buses that run through London by different routes when the subway closes at approximately 23-23'30.
This is another popular means of transportation in London. The railway line is very extensive and connects the city with the regions furthest away from it. If you plan to travel to the UK, this can be a fantastic option: comfortable and safe.
Traveling by taxi in London is for the wealthy. Many travelers say they are the most expensive in Europe.
It is a card that works with a prepaid method; you put a certain amount of money and it is discounted as you move through the city. The price is quite reduced.
There are 2 types of Oyster: If you acquire the card in London, you will get a normal Oyster Card (it is blue). If on the other hand you buy it online or at the airport, you will get a Visitors Oyster Card (it's colored and it says "visitor"). The Oyster for visitors has a non-refundable 3-pound activation price. In contrast, the normal Oyster, has a price of 5 pounds as a deposit and is fully refundable, so at the end of your trip you can recover £5.
It serves to move around public transport in an unlimited way. There are valid Travelcards for a day, a week, a month and a year. It is a good option if you are going to leave zone 2 every day (something very rare among tourists). Based on our experience, we believe that the Oyster Card is cheaper and is the method we use to move around London.
Miguel Ona Bosque
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