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If you are visiting London for the first time, using public transport can be a little daunting. My first experience with London public transport was travelling on the District line. I was travelling from Chiswick Park to Westminster Bridge, and I got off at the wrong stop three times because I thought the driver had asked passengers to change trains. And bus? I avoided the bus for three years, because I thought I would get lost!
Long gone are those days though. Over the years, a number of websites have been developed to guide you through the vast public transport system. You only need to know where to look. Here are my favourites.
Transport for London
Transport For London, or as everyone knows it, TFL, is the go-to website for all things public transport. Here you will find a live journey planner, live bus arrivals service, transport maps, information about all London tube stations, tickets and more. You will even solve the mystery of the Oyster card.
If you are travelling to London by train or you are travelling outside the city, the National Rail website features all the necessary information. It has a trains’ search engine, tickets booking engine, information about train stations across the country, a live arrivals / departures functionality and more.
Citymapper is the ultimate transport app, and features approximately 40 cities, including London. Although not a personal user of the app, many of my friends are big fans of it. This app will give you the best travel route – by bus, tube, train or, even, bike – taking into account real-time data about travel disruptions.
Nothing beats good ol’ Google Maps. You just type the address you want to go to and Google Maps will give you the best route – on foot, by car or by public transport. The only glitch is that sometimes it does not take into account live route disruptions.
Now off you go and explore!
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