|   Jun 08, 2016

London may be a massive city, but it is certainly easy to find your way around. 

If you are a first time traveler to London and residing in Backpacker Hostels London, then the most important thing is to obtain an Oyster card as quickly as possible. This is a pre-payment electronic card which enables you to use the London Underground, London Buses as well as a 25% discount on the Emirates Air Line Cable at the O2 Arena traveling across the Thames to Docklands, as well as 10% off the cost of traveling on most MBNA Thames Clipper River Buses.

Visitor Oyster cards are perfect for people coming into London from overseas.  These cards need to be booked in advance and are sent direct to your home address so that they are ready for use immediately you arrive in London.  Each card includes numerous special travel discounts and offers such as discounts at restaurants, shops, theatres and galleries including the Victoria & Albert Museum. Ideal for visitors staying in London youth hostels and looking to cut the cost of their travel budgets.

If you don’t have a Visitor Oystercard arranged in advance, you can buy a standard Oyster Card from any transport location.  Once you have used all the money on the card, you simply top it up by making a payment at a transport location or newsagent. 

Using it is extremely simple.  All you have to do is touch the yellow card reader at the start of a journey on a bus or tram.  If you are using the Underground, there are card readers at the entry points at each underground station. 

The iconic London Underground map is clearly visible on every station platform.  All you have to do is identify the station and the line you require, and then follow the signs for the appropriate name such as Circle, Metropolitan, Victoria or District.  Bear in mind that the underground can get very busy during the morning and evening commuter rush.

The famous red London buses are a great way to get around the city, as you can watch the streets and buildings go by as you travel.  It certainly ensures you see as much as possible of the city while staying here.   

London’s iconic black taxis are everywhere, which ensures that you can get catch a service outside your Via Limehouse Hostel London. This can be an expensive way to travel, but you can guarantee you never get lost when using a taxi. Black cab taxi drivers will have spent many months riding cycles all over London, discovering every possible route that may be required by their passengers and what short cuts can be taken to avoid any traffic problems – and that is before they even get into a black cab!  This is the legendary ‘knowledge’ that every taxi driver has to possess. They are proud of their city and happy to pass on information, answer queries and point out places of interest if you ask. 


If you are planning on traveling by water, there is a regular timetable of river bus services taking passengers as far west as Putney and as far east as the Royal Woolwich Arsenal.  Their routes cover many famous sites such as Greenwich, the Houses of Parliament, London Eye and Shakespears Globe Theatre.

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