How to use the Tube

London Underground

London's public transport network, locally called the London Tube, is divided into nine travel zones. Zone 1 is in central London and zones 6 to 9 are on the outskirts of the city.

  • The Underground is divided into nine zones: central London is covered by zone 1.
  • There are 11 Tube lines.
  • The Tube fare depends on how far you travel, time of day, and how you pay.
  • Tube services usually run from 5am until midnight, with Night Tube services on some lines on Friday and Saturday evenings.

To enter a station, buy a ticket or use your Oyster Card. Then find the train you need to reach your destination on one of the maps. There are plenty of signs that tell you where to go to reach a certain tourist hotspot, so don't worry about getting lost in the underground! You can also grab a free map of the London Underground at every station. You can find a picture of the map below.

Useful tips for Tube travellers

  • Avoid travelling during rush hours (weekdays, 7-9am and 5.30-7pm) if at all possible
  • Check the front of the train for the correct destination
  • Stand on the right when using escalators
  • Wait for passengers to leave the train before boarding
  • Move down inside the Tube carriages while travelling, so you don't block the doorways for other passengers
  • Stand behind the yellow line whilst waiting for the train on the platform
  • Offer your seat to anyone who is unwell, elderly, pregnant or travelling with small children
  • Hold onto the rails if you are standing during your journey
  • Mind the gap between the train and the rails!

Prices

Buy a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card, Travelcard or use a contactless payment card to get the best value as cash is the most expensive way to pay.

An adult cash fare on the London metro for a single journey in zone 1 is £4.90. The same Tube fare with Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card or contactless payment card is £2.40. For more details about London Tube prices, visit the following website: https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/fares

You can find more information about the London Underground (the Tube) on the following website: https://www.visitlondon.com/traveller-information/getting-around-london/london-tube