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Intra City Transit Options in London

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intra city transit

The city of London has a developed an extensive transport network across the city, including both the private and the public sector. According to, 25% of London’s journeys are made via the public transport system, while 41% of the journeys are made using private services.

Be it by rail, road or air, the public transport options around the city are quick, easily available and efficient. The executive agency for transport in London, Transport for London (TfL), dominates public transport and comprises a majority of the public transportation options, including tram links, buses, Docklands Light Railway, the London Underground, River Services, as well as the London Overground.

If you are planning to travel to the capital of England, look for design hotels in London that have easy transit options to all the nearby attractions of the city. If you wish to travel around the city in an eco-friendly way, you can rent a bicycle from the many docking stations throughout Central London.

Launched in July 2010, The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme provides close to 6,000 bicycles to commuters wishing to use this vehicle to travel. Currently, an estimated 480,000 cycle journeys take place on a daily basis in the capital.

Light Rail and Metro

The London Underground, Docklands Light Railways and metro system account for the light rail transport options. The London Underground, colloquially known as the tube, is the first metro system in the world and began operations in 1863. On an average, more than 3 million people travel the Underground each day, which amounts to more than a billion passengers each year.

The Underground consists of 11 networks that link the suburbs of the city to Central London. A good idea for tourists is to look for a design hotel in London, such as Eccelston Square Hotel, which has easy travelling options via the Victoria Station network of the Underground. As of 2011, the Tramlink light railway system carried over 28 million passengers, as compared to 8 million in 2001.

Bus Rapid Transit

Travelling in the red double-decker bus is part of the culture of the city and has, over the years, grown to be an internationally recognised British icon. The capital of England has one of the most intricate and extensive bus systems in the world, which is also the largest in Europe.

It travels close to 700 different routes each day and transports over six million passengers on a daily basis. Moreover, this facility is not just restricted to the daytime alone. A 100 route night bus provides the public with nonstop, 24 hour services.


The iconic black cab or Hackney carriage remains a common sight throughout the city. These cabs are only driven by drivers who have at least three years experience, learning the inside and outside of the city. Licensed by Public Carriage Office (PCO), the fares are set by strict maximum vehicle emission standards in mind by them.

Distance travelled and time spent travelling are the measure after which the fare is estimated by Taximeter. During your stay in England, do not forget to look for hidden gem hotels in London for a relaxing and rejuvenating stay.


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