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London Buses, Taxis & Trains

Everything you need to know about using the London Underground, buses and black taxis, with information about Oyster cards, contactless cards and travelcards


Bus fares 2024 · Child bus fares · Senior bus fares · How to use a bus - Info about tickets, hopper journeys, zip photocards for children and journey timetables47

Tube train

Train fares 2024 · Child train fares · Senior train fares · Strikes & station closures · How to use the tube - Info about tickets, stairs, lifts and journey timetables46

Underground train

Station information:

Plan a tube journey:

Oyster card, contactless card and travelcard

Which is best - Oyster, contactless or travelcard? - Compare the pros and cons, see which one is cheapest, where you can use them, and how long they last for59

Oyster card

Oyster cards - Info about Oyster fares, price caps, how to top them up, check your balance, claim a refund and the Young Visitor Discount77

Visitor Oyster card

Visitor Oyster cards - Info about adult and child fares, the discount vouchers, where you can get one, how to top it up, and how to refund your unused credit79

Contactless cards

Contactless cards - Info about fares, daily and weekly price caps, which bank cards will work, and how to use contactless cards on the bus and train141


Travelcards - 1-day, weekly, monthly and annual passes, group travelcards, where to buy them, and how to use them on London’s buses and trains145

Black taxi

Black taxi cabs - Info about typical fares, how to hail a taxi in the street, how to pre-book one online, and the differences between taxis and minicabs49

Sightseeing bus

Big Bus Tour · Tootbus Tour · See London by Night · Heritage Routemaster bus · No.26 sightseeing route · Ghost Bus Tour - Reviews of the best sightseeing buses

Sightseeing boat

City Cruises · Thames River Sightseeing · Uber Boat · Thames Rockets · Jason’s Canal Trip - Reviews of the best sightseeing tours along the River Thames

Hire cycle

Santander cycles (Boris bikes) - Info about hire prices, subscriptions offers, how to get a bike out of the rack, and how to view a map of all the docking stations7

Luggage lockers

Left luggage lockers - Info about finding long-term storage, paying for train station lockers, and which tourist attractions have cloakrooms you can use

Cable car

IFS Cloud Cable Car - Info about opening times, prices for single and return journeys, getting to North Greenwich, and what the view is like up in the sky16


London’s airports - Info about getting to/from Heathrow airport, Getwick airport, Stansted airport, Luton airport and London City airport by bus, taxi and train