Services In London -Travel Information on getting around London
National Rail, operated
by several railway companies, is used by many hundreds of
thousands commuters each day. For visitors, the overground
rail service is useful for trips to the outskirts of the capital,
particularly south of the Thames where the Underground system
The Silverlink rail
line, which runs in an arc around north London from Richmond
to North Woolwich, via London City Airport, is a useful alternative
to the Tube (telephone 01923 207258). The Underground
map or 'Journey Planner' shows you the Silverlink line and
all the Tube stations that have connections to the National
Rail network. For more information ring National Rail
Enquiries on 08457 484950.
The railway network is also the
best way to travel further afield in the UK. London
has eight main railway stations serving the whole of the South
East of England and beyond. Services vary between slow
stopping trains, express services to major towns and Intercity
trains which travel throughout the UK.
Rail tickets can be purchased
from ticket offices at railway stations or from travel agents.
They can also be purchased by telephone. Most credit/debit
cards are acceptable. Queues at ticket offices can be
very long and slow moving, so if possible use one of the automatic
ticket machines, similar to the self-service ticket machines
at Underground stations.
A huge variety of tickets are
available but the most economical ticket for a day trip out
of London is the Cheap Day Return. This offers excellent
value compared to the Standard Return ticket but is only obtainable
and usable after 09:30.
If you only intend to use the
rail services within Greater London the cheapest and most
flexible way to travel is with a Travelcard. These are
valid on London's rail services within the relevant zones
and can also be used on the Underground system, Buses, Docklands
Light Railway and some Green Line buses. Travelcards
can be purchased at all Tube and Rail stations, as well as
appointed newsagents. Short-term visitors to London
will find the One-Day or One-Week Travelcards the most convenient,
though monthly and yearly Travelcards are available.
can be used after 09:30 on weekdays and all day at the weekends
and public holidays. These can be purchased for Zones
1 - 2, Zones 1- 4 or Zones 1 - 6. An unlimited number
of journeys can be made within the Zones chosen. The
One-Day Travelcard is now valid until 04:30 the next day and
can be used on night buses (prefixed with an N).
Family Travelcards are
available to families or groups of one or two adults travelling
with one to four children. These have the same conditions
as regular One-Day Travelcards, see above.
are worth buying if you intend to travel on consecutive weekend
days or public holidays. These can be used all day and
have the same conditions as regular One-Day Travelcards but
do not cover the N-prefixed night buses.
provide unlimited journeys throughout the selected
zones for seven days. They are valid around the clock
(including peak times) and include use of the N-prefixed night
buses. One-Week Travelcards can be purchased
for Zone 1 only, Zones 1 - 2, Zones 1 - 3, Zones 1 - 4, Zones
1 - 5 and for all Zones.
You will need a Photocard in
order to purchase any Travelcard except the One-Day and Weekend
versions. To obtain a Photocard take a passport-size
photograph to any post office or Underground station Ticket
Office. A Child-Rate Photocard is required for children
between 5 - 15 to use Child-Rate Travelcards. To prove
their age children show either their birth certificate or
Once you have purchased your
ticket, check the platform indicator boards to find the most
direct train to your destination. Some train doors open
automatically, others open by pushing the 'open' button or
by means of a handle. To open older style doors from
the inside you will have to pull down the window and reach
outside to use the handle. Keep well away from the doors
when the train is in motion and if you have to stand make
sure you hold on firmly to a hand-rail or strap.
If you have loose property on
a train or at a railway station telephone 08700 005151 and
you will be connected to the appropriate station