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City Travel in Central London

City Travel in Cental London In one of the busiest towns in Britain you’d be forgiven for thinking that transport would be a nightmare but in fact you’ll find a wide range of public services to take advantage of.

As any Londoner will tell you, if you’re thinking of bringing a car into the city, think again! Parking restrictions apply in all areas of Central London and finding a space – either metered or not – is almost impossible.

Anyway, why would you need to bring your car when you’re right in the centre of all the action?

Start your travelling at Kings Cross [map] and you can’t go wrong. This station has a tube route that links you up with all the central lines.

Grab a traditional red London bus and see the sights in comfort as well as listening to an interesting guide to some of your favourite landmarks. These buses often cost a nominal fee and operate on a “hop on, hop off” basis.

If you want to avoid the tourist buses – although these can sometimes offer a fascinating historical guide to London for first-time tourists – there’s plenty of ordinary buses that can get you from Kings Cross to just about anywhere in London and further afield.

Bus route N91 will take you to the familiar landmarks of Trafalgar Square [map] and Whitehall. Bus route 17 will take you right into the heart of some very familiar monuments as it stops at London Bridge [map] .

As with buses, catching a tube is simple from the Kings Cross Station.
The Metropolitan Line will take you to the City via Liverpool Street [map].
Getting to the best shops is easy for tired feet if you take the Piccadilly Line that drops you off close to Harrods [map] in Knightsbridge.

Plan your journey on foot, by rail or tube at The Official London Travel website.

The main coach station is the Victoria Coach Station located on the corner of Buckingham Palace Road and Elizabeth Street, and is just half a mile from Buckingham Palace itself. Timetable information is available from The Victoria Coach Station website.

The famous London black cab continues to be a famous sight and catching a cab in Central London is a doddle but always make sure that whoever is stopping on the kerb is licensed to do so. If you can’t see a photo ID card, ask to see the licence and if one can’t be produced, don’t step inside.

Fares within Greater London depend on the time of day, distance travelled and the taxi speed, and are displayed on the meter. If you book your taxi by telephone there is an extra charge which is currently set at £2 (subject to change).

Cab drivers still have to pass “The Knowledge” exam before commencing employment. This means that they have an in-depth knowledge of a six-mile radius around Charing Cross, which is perfect for Central London travellers who are unsure which sights to see first.


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