"The Underground" Tube (Underground, Subway, Metro). Tip by smschley

Tube (Underground, Subway, Metro)., London: 422 reviews and 435 photos


If you never had to do any travel on any Metro system, it may seems fairly confusing. Take a look at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/pdfdocs/colourmap.gif for a copy of the UK underground system. At first glance it looks something like spider web with lines going every whichway. Spend just a few minutes and it starts clearing up. Take a look at the first line on the chart. It shows up as a brown color and is named BAKERLOO. Now find the OXFORD CIRCUS station which can be found at the intersection of the BAKERLOO , the red CENTRAL, and the light blue VICTORIA lines. This means that if you enter the station there you will see signs pointing to one of these three lines. If we want to travel to the QUEENS? PARK station (located north from OXFORD CIRCUS on the BAKERLOO line) we first follow the sign to BAKERLOO. From there we have to figure out which way to travel on the line, that is either north or south. To do this you have to check out the last station on the line. That will tell you which train to take. So with this in mind we go to BAKERLOO and find the signs that then tell us HARROW and WEALDSTONE, the last station to the north. We jump on the train and then check out the station name at each stop to make sure we are going in the right direction and how may more stations till ours comes around. After the first couple of trips, it gets to be pretty easy if we have our trusty map in hand.

It gets more complex if our destination requires us to change lines, but as long as we realize that those white circles over two or more lines means that you can connect to each line shown, it is basically the same plan.

Which type of ticket to buy is a big issue. There are individual tickets, packs of tickets, daily and weekly passes. The only way to figure out which one is the best is to plan the day and then check out the website http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/fares-tickets/2006/index.shtml,

Type: Subway/Metro
Website: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 28, 2006
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