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Travelling in London: Getting around London

Choosing a hotel that is ideally located in London's city centre, you are granted short commutes to the most fascinating and exciting sights in London.

Travelling around London is easy with a choice of fast, frequent and safe public transport options.

Try Transport for London's journey planner journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk to plan your journey on public transport or walking routes. London's transport is split into six zones, with Zones 1 and 2 in central London.

For a cost-effective way of getting round London, buy an Oyster Card when you arrive for the easiest way to access the public transport network and to beat the queues. Oyster is an electronic smartcard ticket. Simply touch your card on the yellow reader to get through the Undergrounds and train gates or to board buses and river boat services.

Your Oyster can be used to pay for single journeys or you can add daily and weekly travelcards. Pre-paid Oyster Cards offer better fares on all modes of public transport.

By Rail
Local trains from London's suburbs arrive in a variety of central stations, providing convenient connections with the Underground. Avoid commuter trains at peak rush hours when they are busy. Oyster Cards can be used on many commuter trains.

London is connected to the rest of the UK by long distance rail services. Average journey times:

  • Brighton - 1 hour
  • Cardiff - 2 hours
  • York - 2 hours
  • Edinburgh - 4 ¾ hours
  • Manchester - 2 ¼ hours

To plan your journey, or for route maps, timetables and fare visit National Rail at NationalRail.co.uk or call +44845 748 4950.

The closest rail stations to Park Plaza hotels in London are:

  • Park Plaza County Hall - Waterloo
  • Park Plaza Riverbank London - Vauxhall and Waterloo
  • Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes - Marylebone and Paddington
  • Park Plaza Victoria London - Victoria 
  • Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London - Waterloo 
  • Plaza on the River - Vauxhall and Waterloo

By Underground
London's Underground rail network is also known as the 'Tube' is usually the quickest and easiest way of travelling around London. Click here for the Underground map.

The closest Underground stations to Park Plaza hotels in London are:

  • Park Plaza County Hall -Waterloo (Jubilee, Bakerloo and Northern lines) and Westminster (Jubilee, Circle and District lines)
  • Park Plaza Riverbank London - Vauxhall (Victoria line) and Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee and Northern lines)
  • Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes - Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, District, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Jubilee lines)
  • Park Plaza Victoria London - Victoria (Victoria, Circle and District lines)
  • Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London - Waterloo (Jubilee, Bakerloo and Northern lines) and Westminster (Jubilee, Circle and District lines) 
  • Plaza on the River - Vauxhall (Victoria line) and Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee and Northern lines)

By Docklands Light Railway
The driverless Docklands Light Railway (DLR) serves parts of East and South East London, and travels to London City Airport. Connections can be easily made with key Underground stations. The DLR runs from 5.30am - 12.30am Monday to Saturday and 6.30am - 11.30pm on Sundays. Vew the route map.

By Bus
London's iconic red buses are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around the capital. Services generally operate from 05.00 to 00.30, when the major routes are taken over by Night Buses.

By River Bus Services
Used by commuters and visitors alike, scheduled Thames Clipper River Bus services are great value and fast, as well as offering fantastic views along the journey. View the River Bus route map. Leisurely River Cruises with a tour guides are available - view route map

By Coach
National Express, Megabus and Eurolines operate from London's main coach station at Victoria, stopping at major destinations in the capital. tfl.gov.uk

By Air
A major commercial and tourist hub in Europe, London is well served by five international airports:

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) Visit heathrowairport.com
32km (20 miles) to the west of Central London, 5 terminals

  • Heathrow Express trains depart L for Paddington station every 15 minutes, with a journey time of 15 to 25 minutes depending on destination terminal. Direct service - the fastest way to travel to central London. heathrowexpress.com/
  • Heathrow Connect stopping trains arrive at Paddington station, with an average journey time of 30 minutes. heathrowconnect.com/
  • National Express coaches arrive at Victoria station, with journey times varying from 40 minutes to 1 ½ hours. nationalexpress.com/coach
  • The London Underground serves the airport with the Piccadilly line, however services are much slower and is less comfortable. Average journey time is 50 minutes.
  • Black cabs or minicabs are usually queuing at the taxi ranks. Average journey time 30 minutes to 1 hour.

London Gatwick Airport (LGW) Visit gatwickexpress.com
45km (28 miles) south of London, 2 terminals (North and South)

  • Gatwick Express trains depart for Victoria station every 15 minutes, with a journey time of 30 minutes. Direct service - the fastest way to travel to central London. gatwickexpress.com
  • Southern Rail and First Capital Connect offer frequent stopping services to major London stations including Victoria, London Bridge and St Pancras. NationalRail.co.uk
  • National Express coaches arrive at Victoria station, with frequent departures and an average journey time of 1 hour 20 minutes. nationalexpress.com/coach
  • Black cabs or minicabs are usually queuing at the taxi ranks. Average journey time 30 minutes to 1 hour.

London Stansted Airport (STN) Visit stanstedairport.com
64km (40 miles) to the north-east of London, 1 terminal

  • Stansted Express trains depart for Liverpool Street station every 15 minutes, with a journey time of 45 minutes. stanstedexpress.com
  • EasyBus and Terravision operate regular low cost coach transfers to central London, including Baker Street and Victoria stations.
  • National Express coaches offer 24-hour coach transfers into Victoria station, via Baker Street, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner. Average journey time of 1 hour 40 minutes. nationalexpress.com/coach
  • Black cabs or minicabs are usually queuing at the taxi ranks. Average journey time 30 minutes to 1 hour.

London Luton Airport (LTN) Visit london-luton.co.uk
56km (35 miles) north-west of Central London, 1 terminal

  • Luton Parkway Station is connected to the airport by a regular free shuttle bus (8 minute journey). Frequent rail services into London are operated by First Capital Connect and East Midlands trains throughout the day and night. NationalRail.co.uk/
  • EasyBus and Terravision operate regular low cost coach transfers to central London, including Baker Street, Marble Arch and Victoria stations.
  • Green Line Coaches offer 24-hour coach transfers every 15-20 minutes into central London.
  • Black cabs or minicabs are usually queuing at the taxi ranks. Average journey time 30 minutes to 1 hour.

London City Airport (LCY) Visit londoncityairport.com
9.5km (6 miles) east of Central London, 4.8km (3 miles) from Canary Wharf

  • DLR services run every 8 to 15 minutes to central London, with efficient connections to the Underground
  • London Underground offers fast and frequent services to central London and beyond
  • Black cabs or minicabs are usually queuing at the taxi ranks. Average journey time 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Getting around Berlin by car

It is recommended to use London's quicker and well-connected public transport system, however if you do need to drive try to avoid peak times.

Note that a Congestion Charge zone applies for driving in central London between 07.00 to 18.00, Monday to Friday. Charging zones are visible with a large "C" printed on the road and on signs as you enter the zone. For pricing and zone maps visit tfl.gov.uk/cc

Car hire agencies are available throughout the capital.

Parking is limited in central London and therefore it is recommended to book in advance where possible. Street parking is generally restricted between business hours, or operate a "Pay & Display" scheme. For parking over several hours to days, visit the National Car Parks website ncp.co.uk


Sightseeing in Berlin by taxi

London's famous black Hackney carriages are available to hail around the city or on the plentiful taxi ranks, or book a local licensed mini cab tfl.gov.uk/findaride