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PUBNETWORK.COMô and the barstool of Ed Vidunas
Posted November 2004
For any length of stay I recommend a travel card to get
around the city. They are easy to buy and will speed your journey by bus, tube,
Dockland Light Rail and British Rail. Having traveled in every corner of
There are really two types of cards
available to visitors. The Travel Card is purchased in
The Travel Card
The Travel Card bought in
††††††††††† You no
longer need a photo card for the seven day card. Photo cards are still required
for monthly and annual passes. Here again, Transport for
The Visitor Travel Card
The Visitor Travel Card bought in
Most travel books and newspaper stories tout the Visitor Card but almost never mention the other option. I think they cost too much for three days as you never get your moneyís worth. Most fares cost less that GBP£2 and the seven day card can save you money in the long run. Plan your trip and do the math.
Using the Card
At tube and rail stations simply insert the card into the turnstile slot but quickly move your hand to the top as the card will come out for retrieval. Keep tabs on this as some people look for inattentive suspects. They will grab and flee with your card. You need your card to enter and leave the underground system. All stations have system maps that show the zones as well as local are maps. Take the time to get your bearings.
On the newer enclosed buses you need only show you card to the bus driver on entering. Always use the rear doors when leaving a bus. These buses only pick-up and drop-off at marked stops.† The hop-on buses are different. The only way on or off is the rear platform. Just hop on and find as seat. The conductor will make his way to you and you simply show your card. You can hop on or off at any place on the route but make sure the bus has stopped.
Your card will allow entry and
exiting to national rail trains at all
All tube stations have information on zones, routes, fairs and buying tickets. Zones for the tube are not the same for bus routes, but pretty close. Bus drivers are very helpful and stations have agents that can help. As for the bus routes and zones look for information at the stops. Most stops have a system map in the shelter and other information on the pole. A number at the top of the pole tells the zone you are in. A route map is posted that shows major stops in the direction you are traveling as well prior stops.
Note, British Rail is a term long
used in the