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Navigating Your Way Through The London Underground

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The London Underground is the rail system that is used in London. It is also used in areas such as Buckinghamshire and Essex. It has been around since 1863 and is the oldest rail system...



The London Underground is the rail system that is used in London. It is also used in areas such as Buckinghamshire and Essex. It has been around since 1863 and is the oldest rail system in the world. Even though it is named the Underground, the majority of rail travel is done above the ground. Locals also refer to this system as “the tube”, because the tunnels have a tubular shape.

There are a total of 268 rail stations that covers about 250 miles of riding. Because of this, this is also the longest railway system in the world as far as how long it is. In 2007, the London Underground broke a record of having over one billion people riding on their trains. On average, a little over three million passengers use this rail service every day.

When you go to London and ride the train, by all means, don’t call it the subway. They think of that word to mean something else other than the rail system. For locals the word subway means a passageway that is underneath the street. This passageway allows you to walk to the other side, while you steer clear from the busy street above you. Whenever you refer to the London Underground, call it “the tube”.

Lots of people use the tube because it is reliable and it can get you where you need to go. Also, it isn’t costly and is the best way (and the quickest) to get around town. The system has continuously been upgraded. Millions of pounds have been spent to keep it current.

In Central London alone, there are lots of tube stations. Some of them are close together (like in walking distance) and sometimes if they’re that close together, it’s better if you just walk. Besides, you can get a workout in that way.

You will recognize tube stations with a red circle that is crossed onto a blue bar that says “Underground”. Some of the lines are coded by color. This helps people to be able to find their way easier.

If this is your first time using it, you may be confused and wondering where you need to go. There are so many lines and elevators; it can be complex for a moment. However, once you get a hang of the system, it’s a piece of cake.

Before you get on, you have to know where you’re going and what direction you’re going in. If you don’t you can be turned around and get on the train going the opposite way. In order to get on you will need one of the following: a ticket, a Travelcard or an Oyster card. Even though London is divided into several fare zones, most of the tourist activity is located in one Zone.

If you book your London trip through a travel agent, they will be able to get you one of the three types of rail passes. When you go through the turnstiles, you will need to keep your pass in order to enter and exit again.

So, with this in mind, enjoy the ride through the city of London.






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