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How to Get Around London

Learn how to get around London in this Howcast travel video.

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London’s hectic traffic and confusing layout make driving there a nightmare, especially for visitors. Fortunately, London offers a variety of alternatives to driving. The public transportation is a great option, even if the locals like to gripe about late trains. If you’re willing to spend a little more, London’s cabs are some of the best in the world. They’re comfortable, safe, and the drivers are exceptionally knowledgeable. For shorter trips, rent a bicycle through Barclay’s Cycle Hire scheme. They’re a great, inexpensive way to get around. The Underground, or the “Tube,” is another inexpensive way to get all over the city. Tube stations are easy to find–just look for the signs with the red circle and blue crossbar. The Overground will take you even further; it’s especially useful for getting to South and East London. London’s buses are reliable, comfortable, and cheap–plus, you can do some sight-seeing while you ride. Though you can pay for public transportation in cash, consider buying an Oyster Card–they’re quick and easy to use, and they’ll get you discounts. You can use them for the Tube, the Overground, the buses, and more. London is a very big, very old city, which means its layout is hard to navigate. So however you choose to get around, take a map.

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