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London transport consists of an extensive bus system, a tram system in some less central areas and an intricate and wide-spread tube network that includes the Underground, the DLR and the London Overground. When planning your journey in London, it is best to first consult the Transport for London website to establish the best route and find out whether there are any planned closures or any delays.

Top Tip: Learn how to use, it is an essential tool for Londoners.

Learning to use transport like TfL is really important. I spend so much time travelling, I need to know how things work… If the tube is down it really affects my day.

Oyster Cards

The most widely used travel pass in central London is currently the Oyster card. This is a plastic smartcard that provides discounted rates and can be used instead of paper tickets on London’s buses, tube, trams, DLR, London Overground and National Rail Services. You can also use your Oyster card to get the pay as you go fare on Thames Clippers boat services by showing your Oyster card when buying your ticket.

Then, you are likely to explore the city in your first week, so the cheapest option is a weekly travelcard for zones 1 to 4. This gives you unlimited access to the travel network. As soon as you settle in, you can save money by using an Oyster card, which you can buy at most tube stations or offlicence cafés. You swipe the card at the beginning and end of each journey and the system works out the best rate and deducts it from your pre-paid balance. Oyster cards don’t work on all forms of transport. They will not work on some national rail services.

Getting your Oyster card

There are many different ways of buying and adding credit to your Oyster card: Once you get a UK address you can use Oyster online: www.tfl. Use an Oyster ticket stop You can use one of the city’s six centrally located London travel information centres You can go to a tube station and almost all train stations A £5 returnable deposit is charged when you obtain an Oyster card

When you first arrive at the airport, buy a single tube ticket to your destination.


Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  
Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.