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Tips to getting around London

Many of you might be new to the city, or might not have had much chance this year to travel around. To give you a head start, here are some of our top tips and things to know when travelling in London.

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Welcome to London!

Many of you might be new to the city, or might not have had much chance this year to travel around. To give you a head start, here are some of our top tips and things to know when travelling in London.

Why not join CUSU on our FREE walking tours this term, showing you the highlights on campus and beyond. See the full schedule of events at covunilondon.cusu.org/welcome

 

So many options for travel!

London's public transport network is arguably the best in the UK, certainly the biggest. Along with the world-famous London Underground network (the Tube), there's the DLR, trams, the London Overground, buses, boats, countless National Rail services and even a cable car near our CU London Greenwich Campus

There's a few things you'll need to be aware of when travelling around London on public transport. One is that ticket prices often vary based on whether or not you're travelling in peak hours.

Peak fares apply Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) between 6.30am and 9.30am, and between 4pm and 7pm. 

Off-peak fares apply at all other times, as well as if you're travelling from a station outside Zone 1 to one within Zone 1 during the afternoon peak period. The peak/off-peak system applies to the Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services in London, but not on other forms of public transport (including buses).

 

Check your route with Citymapper

A staple for planning your routes and finding your way around London, Citymapper will be your atlas, tour guide and most reliable friend in the city.  

Download Citymapper

 

Get some comfy shoes

Walking is the best and cheapest way to get around central London, You’ll even find that sometimes walking is faster than the tube: 8 London tube journeys that are quicker on foot

All this walking can take a toll on your feet, so be kind to yourself and wear the appropriate footwear.

 

Save up to 30% on travel

For those journeys that take a bit longer, make sure you’re carrying your Oyster card or have your contactless card handy (London buses don’t take cash).

If you're 18 or over, a student and living in a London borough, you can get up to 30% discounted travel with a Student Oyster card.

 

How to get your Student Oyster

Apply online once you've fully enrolled at University.

To prove your eligibility you will need to provide:

For just £20 administration fee, you can get a card valid for up to three years of your course.

Apply Online

 

Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak

Make sure you stay up to date with Coronavirus guidance at gov.uk/coronavirus. If you’re going to travel, plan ahead and travel safely. This means you should:

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