London, UK 9 - 12 September 2007
Travel Tips: Getting Around in London
Plan Your Journey
The Transport for London; Journey Planner provides detailed travel options between locations in London. Information includes how long it is likely to take, maps of the start, finish, and any interchanges, and even any stairs or escalators to expect along the way.
For travel to Queen Mary, Mile End Campus use:
If you prefer to use the Tube rather than buses, use the "Advanced Options" and uncheck "Bus" in the "Use any of these modes of transport" section.
New "Wizard" Feature: Choose "View" to show a particular route. Display the interactive map (see icon, right). Click "Wizard" to follow an animation of your journey route.
The simplest way of getting around in London is by Underground ("The Tube"). For information about the Tube, including downloadable maps, see:
It is much cheaper to use an Oyster Card rather than paying by cash. The Oyster card is relatively new, but is quickly replacing cash and paper tickets for The Tube and many other services. See below for more information on the Oyster Card.
Buses, Docklands Light Railway
Buses are also a good way to get around to see more of London. Note that bus services do not have any display or announcements of the stop, so you need to know where you are going (or follow where you are on a map!). For more information on buses, see Visit London: Buses.
Docklands Light Railway (DLR) operates mostly to the East of London. DLR routes are shown on the standard Tube map. If you want to travel independently to the conference banquet venue, or travel to London City Airport, you can find more informaton about the DLR at Visit London: Docklands Light Railway. (The Trafalgar Tavern, the Banquet venue, is near to Cutty Sark DLR station, in Zones 2 and 3.)
When travelling on London's public transport system, we recommend using an electronic "Oyster card". This is cheaper and more convenient than conventional paper tickets bought with cash.
The Oyster card can be charged with money when you purchase it, or anytime afterwards. Each time you travel, the fare is deducted from the balance of the card. This is called "pay-as-you-go". As long as you maintain a positive balance on the card, you can travel wherever you like on the Oyster system.
Validity of Oyster card
You can use the Oyster smartcard to pay travel fares on:
Oyster can also be used on tram services and some overland rail services within London (but many are excluded: check before you travel).
Using an Oyster card is normally much cheaper than paying cash.
Important: The Heathrow Express, Gatwick Express and Stansted Express train services are NOT part of the Tube system; they do not use Oyster and require a separate ticket.
An alternative to pay-as-you-go, which may be cheaper and more convenient if you plan to travel a lot, is to purchase an Oyster "Travelcard" for the Zones in which you wish to travel. This gives you unlimited travel for the duration of the Travelcard, for example, 3-day, 7-day, etc.
Travelcards normally include overland rail services and riverboat services with the Zones it is valid for (unlike Oyster Pre-Pay).
For example, Queen Mary, University of London is in Zone 2, and most of London's tourist attractions are centrally located within Zones 1 or 2. If you are staying at Queen Mary and only want to travel to and from the centre of London, an Oyster Travelcard for Zones 1 and 2 will work. However, if you want to travel outside of these zones on such a Travelcard, you may need to pay extra before you board for your journey. (You can travel to Heathrow Airport by Underground, it is in Zone 6).
Precisely which option is better depends on your travel plans, length of stay, place of accommodation, etc. We recommend that you enquire about the best option at the place of purchase, or read more about it on the websites cited below.
Buying an Oyster Card
Oyster cards can be purchased at most Tube stations. A refundable £3 deposit is usually required (you are likely to save this on your first 2 tube journeys anyway).
If you arrive in London at Heathrow Airport, you can purchase an Oyster card at Heathrow Tube Station, and travel into Central London or Queen Mary on the Tube.
You can also buy a pre-pay Oyster card over the web before you arrive, which can be delivered directly to you before you travel to London. For more information on this see:
There are other ways to get around in London, including Taxis and Riverboat. For more information about other options see:
For pricing information (available in various languages), see:
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