Travel in North West London
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
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.