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If for some reason your ticket doesn’t open the barriers or if you have luggage, there are TfL attendants to help you. It’s illegal to buy tickets from ticket touts.

National Rail

National Rail trains depart from key stations throughout London, taking you out of London or to areas within London which the tube doesn’t serve. You can use your travelcard if you’re within your zones, or buy an extension before you start your journey. Main BR terminals include Waterloo, Paddington, King’s Cross, Victoria and Charing Cross. www.nationalrail.co.uk

Buses

London’s bus network has over 8,000 buses and 700 bus routes. Although buses mostly take longer than the tube, they cover areas the tube doesn’t serve and some routes have a 24-hour service. Night buses run from midnight to 6am and have the letter ‘N’ before the bus number. Bus tickets can be bought with cash on board most buses. Otherwise, pre-purchase your ticket from a ticket machine by the bus stop or from a ticket retailer. Bus fares are simple – all fares cost £2.30 (cheaper with an Oyster card or bus pass). But be warned: evading fares is taken very seriously. The national bus and coach system is very good with most long-distance bus trips leaving from the Victoria Coach Station, which is

situated near the Victoria Train Station. www.nationalexpress.com

Black cabs

These vehicles and drivers have a good reputation. They’re a bit more expensive than public transport, but can carry five passengers and are economical if there are a few of you. The meter is clearly visible so you can keep watch of your fare. Unoccupied black cabs have the yellow light on their roof illuminated. All cab drivers and cars must be licenced under strict regulations – they must display their registration number clearly.

Mini cabs/Private hire operators

These are independent taxi operators that run throughout London. Make sure you agree to the fare in advance as there isn’t a meter. It’s cheaper than a black cab, but you can’t hail one on the street – it’s illegal. You have to either call a licenced operator or go to the company’s offices. All minicab operators must be licenced by the Public Carriage Office and strict regulations have been introduced to licence all drivers and cars. To check if a company is licenced, visit www.tfl .gov.uk/pco.

Cars and driver’s licences

Having your own car in London is an absolute luxury as it can incur more hassle and expense than it’s worth. Renting a car for a weekend can be a good way to get out and explore the country. Policies vary with relation to age restrictions. After you’ve been in the UK for one year you’ll have to apply to exchange your driver’s licence for a UK

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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.

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.

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