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City Travel in North West London

City Travel in North West London Voyaging around north west London and into the city centre can be a fun part of a trip to the capital especially if you make it to your destination!

As with many cities around the world the most accessible and reliable way to get around is on foot, however if you don’t fancy working on your fitness just yet then there are alternatives.

If using public transport fills you with dread or otherwise puts you off then you can use your car. However with the amount of traffic that is on London’s roads you may just find this a futile and frustrating exercise.

In addition to this central London is also subject to a congestion charge, so in north west London if you go beyond Marylebone Road towards the City you will need to fork out an extra £8 for the trip. And this price goes up if you do not pay it on the day you travel.

If you want to get around on four wheels without having to share then using one of London’s many taxis would be the best bet. There are two types of taxis which operate across the capital, the black cabs, which can be hailed as they pass and private hire cabs which need to be booked in advance.
Although it takes a bit of getting used to the best way to get around is by using public transport.

The underground tube service is probably the best way to get around as it is easy to understand and gets you where you want go quickly. Tube trains come along every few minutes however you need to make sure you read the overhead boards carefully as although trains run on the same line they can sometimes take one of two routes. This is especially significant if you intend to travel to the end of the line.

The main lines that operate in the northwest of London are the Jubilee (grey), Metropolitan (purple), Northern (black) and Bakerloo (brown). And the most useful station for connecting to other lines is Euston/Euston Square which links national rail to the Circle line, Hammersmith and City line, Metropolitan line, Victoria Line and the Northern line.

Buses are another way get around north west London. Probably best used for short trips if there are time restrictions but if you have time on your hands then leisurely travel on the top floor of one of London’s red double deckers can often be a pleasant ride.

Tickets can be purchased for single journeys on any of these forms of transport and you can also buy travel cards which allow you unlimited travel on your chosen form of transport for a certain time period (day, weekend, week), however there are combined tickets available.

For the purposes of public transport, London has be split up into 6 zones, Zone 1 being central London with Zone 6 being closer to outskirts of greater London. Combined ‘travelcard’ tickets are sold in Zones and allow you to travel freely within these zones on buses, trains, tubes and the DLR.


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