How to get around London efficiently

I love London! It’s such a diverse and multicultural city where everyone can find something live either: history at the British museum, modern art at Tate Modern, the world’s most famous paintings at the National Gallery, street art in Shoreditch, sky bars at the top of City’s skyscrapers, wildlife spotting in Richmond Park, boat cruises on the canals of Camden, adrenaline rush at Thorpe Park and much more.

It is impossible to see all the main attractions of London in one trip and if you don’t plan very well you may end up spending a lot of time commuting from one place to another, as a study made by LogMeIn GoToMeeting revealed.

 

How to save time when visiting London

Did you know that an average commute in London lasts 45 minutes on average? You would be surprised on how much time of your holiday you can lose because of transport. Below you can find some advice on how to best maximise your time in London.

 

Which airport are you flying to?

When booking flights to London, keep in mind that some airports are further than others, and it takes longer to reach the city. For example, if you are on a budget and land on Stansted, remember that the bus into city takes at least 2 hours, if not more (the traffic in that part of London is horrendous). Luton is another far away airport. The best airports to fly into are Heathrow or Gatwick, both very well connected by trains to central London.

 

Choose to stay at a central hotel

When visiting London, many tourists prefer to choose a hotel outside of zones 1-2-3 because of a cheaper cost per night. London is known to be very expensive regarding accommodation and staying in zones 4-5-6 can seem like a cheaper solution but not if you take in consideration all the extra costs that occur.

Sure, staying at a central hotel will cost more but it will save you a lot of time in traffic and money on transport. However, not all central areas are as expensive as you may think. Every time I visit London I chose to stay in Victoria where the prices are very reasonable. Other affordable areas in central London can be: Whitechapel, King’s Cross, Paddington or Bayswater.

 

Plan your itinerary based on the proximity of the attractions you want to see

When visiting London it is very important to plan your itinerary very well because the city is huge and the distances between places of interest are very long. If you plan to see the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and enjoy a ride in the London Eye in the same day, you might find yourself losing a lot of time commuting from one place to another.

A more realistic itinerary would be to start your visit at the Tower of London, walking down towards Westminster, visiting in between the Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, St Paul’s Church, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery and Westminster Abbey, finishing with experiencing the sunset with a bird’s eye views from the London Eye.

 

Avoid the rush hour

Did you know that the busiest tube lines are Central, District and Piccadilly lines? If you travel on one of these lines you should be prepared to expect delays, especially at rush hour. London is one of most visited cities in the world and in summer, the number of tourists is so high that you will rarely find yourself in an empty tube.

Avoid at all costs traveling at rush hour, where local commuters are moving around the city as well to go to work. You can expect the train to be overcrowded between 7:30 – 9:30 in the morning and 17:00 – 19:00 in the evening, when locals commute to and from their work places.

You can find out more about how much time you can lose just by commuting in this great infographic designed by LogMeIn GoToMeeting:

 

Citrix tube delays - Infographic

48 thoughts on “How to get around London efficiently

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  2. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits says:

    this is truly such a helpful tips on how to amble around London efficiently. I haven’t been in London, but this place has long been penned on my bucket list and I couldn’t wait to go here. I think planning a good itinerary before traveling is always the best thing to prioritize, especially if visiting London. Thank you so much for providing and sharing your useful tips with us. I truly, appreciate it.

    LaiAriel R. Samangka

  3. Archana Singh says:

    Love your tips for London Travel. Specially avoiding the rush hour on the busiest tube lines – Central, District and Piccadilly lines. Although I didn’t stay in the central part but I did avoid the rush hour. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  4. Abhinav Singh says:

    It’s a great guide for some-one who has never been to London. I often guide foreigners to my city. It is always good to have a local’s perspective. I didn’t know average commute in London lasts 45 minutes. Being a frequent traveler, I understand the need to avoid wasting time and see more.

  5. Eugenia says:

    I’ve never been to London but it’s on my travel bucket list! My fav TV show Sherlock was shot here and I’d love to visit the famous 221B Baker Street! Love your suggestions on how to best maximise time in London, especially avoiding rush hours! We all need to enjoy our vacation with less stress!

  6. Mihir says:

    I love the infographics btw I’m also an graphic designer so I know how much it takes to create such an quality infographic. Awesome post ✌ hope I could go to London someday

  7. Carola says:

    I love London too! I’ve been there last year. And we had a hotel that was quite far away from the centre. So next time I’ll definitely make sure to stay ay a central hotel. It jut saves so much time. I’ll write down your suggestions. I’m sure I’ll visit London this or next year again to visit London Film and Comic Con (and way more of course). Next time I will follow your suggested itnerary, starting with the Tower of London. Thanks for the tips. I’ll enjoy the extra time we’ll have.

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