Getting Around London
Thanks to one of the world`s most famous transport systems, getting in and around London is made easy.
With over seven and a half million people living in Greater London, and a further five million estimated to be living in the Greater London Urban Area, it comes as no surprise that this vibrant city is considered to be the largest metropolitan in the EU. Widely regarded as one of the most cultural cities in the whole world, London can boast a melting pot of ethnicities with more than 300 languages used.
The dense population can sometimes make it difficult to navigate around the city, particularly for those two and a half million US visitors that London receives every year who might not be so familiar with the style of European transport networks. However, thanks to one of the world`s most famous transport systems, getting in and around the city is made very easy.
There are five major airports in London with Heathrow being the world`s busiest for international traffic and plenty of transatlantic flights passing through on a daily basis and having landed on British soil, there are several means of transport that will lead any visitor into the heart of the city.
The railway networks may well be a source of contention amongst the Brits, but there are regular trains from the major airports that will commute to the major train stations for travelling in and out of London.
Perhaps the best way to travel around London is to use the world`s most famous, and oldest underground metro “The Tube.” With eleven interconnecting lines, not to mention those famous landmark station names, it is possible to navigate around the city with ease, and most landmarks and destinations will mention their nearest tube stations in anticipation of visitors using this method of transport.
After surfacing from those underground tube stations, visitors will be greeted by a host of busses, coaches and taxis that will take them into, across or out of the city 24 hours a day; public transport has all but replaced private transport in the heart of the city which is subject to congestion tariffs but access by road can be one of the best ways to take in the sights.
As with any metropolitan city, the transport system of London may well seem confusing to any stranger and so visitors on a short stay may find that the best way to see the sights is to travel by taxi or hire a car.