A Beginners Guide to the London Underground #CP

Are you new to London? Then it may be the right time to learn about the famous London underground. The underground system recently marked 150 years since its establishment. It is one of the oldest underground systems in Europe, with over 270 stations, and it covers a distance of 402 kilometres. 

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However, it is important to learn some basic rules for using the subway.  


Learn How to Move From Point A to B 

Each station has an iconic tube map that can help you navigate. One can also download a mobile app to help you move around using the subway. The system contains nine different zones, with Central London being zone 1.  

The amount you pay to travel depends on various factors. Some of these factors include distance, time and the payment method. Oyster cards and contactless payments are cheaper and easier than making cash payments on each trip.  

It’s important to also familiarise yourself with the part of London you are staying in; there are an abundance of aparthotels in London at London serviced apartments. 

Once you have found a hotel, serviced apartment or B&B do a little research on the surrounding area and work out the best transport services in the area. 

Always Stand on the Right Side.  

Since it is an underground system, you will need to use the escalator to move up or down. When walking, it is important to keep right. However, if you are in a hurry, walk to the left. You will notice it easily since most people also do the same. 


Walk on the Platform.  

Once you get on the train, walk further along. Most travellers congregate themselves at the entrance. By walking along, you will find less crowded carriages at the rear part of the train with more spaces to sit. 


Allow People to Leave the Train First.  

It is best to allow people to leave the train during peak hours before boarding. You can also choose to wait for the next train, which will arrive in a few minutes. Avoid squeezing in as it may cause obstruction and delays at the entrance.  


Take Note of Priority Seats.  

Most seats next to the door are priority seats meant for pregnant women, women with babies, the disabled and older people. However, you can use these seats, but it is best to stand if someone under this category enters the train. 


Do not Hog the seats.  

Only take up the seat that you need. Avoid placing bags on seats since it may create inconvenience to other passengers. 


Always Carry a Bottle of Water.  

During summer, the underground system might be warmer. Therefore, it is best to keep yourself hydrated during the journey. Carry a bottle of water in case of any emergency. If you start feeling unwell on the train, you can contact an underground staff member using a Help Point found on each platform. 


Take Note of the Opening and Closing Times.  

The trains mainly operate from 5 AM from Monday to Sunday. The operating hours reduce during weekends. However, the operating period also depends on the lines. Some lines operate for 24 hours. 


Use London Underground During your Stay in the City 

The London underground has the best reputation, making it the best and cheapest way to move. Beginners may find difficulties trying to navigate using the underground system, but with a little practice, it’s the best way to get around the city.  

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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