ENGLAND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Public Transportation: Run by Transport for London (TfL; 24hr. info 7222 1234; www.tfi.gov.uk). Pick up maps at all Tube stations. TfL Information Centres at Euston; Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, and 3; Liverpool St.; Oxford Circus; Paddington; Picadilly Circus; St. James’s Park; and Victoria also offer guides.
Underground: The Underground (a.k.a. the Tube) network is divided into 6 concentric zones; fares depend on the number of zones crossed. Buy your ticket before you board and pass it through automatic gates at both ends of your journey. A one-way trip in Zone 1 costs £1.60. The Tube runs approximately 5:30am-12:30am, depending on the line; always check the last train times. See the color maps section of this book.
Buses: Divided into 4 zones. Zones 1-3 are identical to the Tube zones. Fares 70p-£l. Buses run 6am-midnight, after which a limited network of Night Buses, prefixed by an “N,” take over.
Passes: The Travelcard is valid for travel on all TfL services. Daily, weekend, weekly, monthly, and annual cards. 1-day Travelcard from £5.10 (Zones 1-2). Passes expire at 4:30am the morning after their printed expiration date.
Licensed Taxicabs: An illuminated “taxi” sign on the roof of a black cab signals availability. Expensive, but drivers know their stuff. Tip 10%. For pick-up (min. £2 extra charge), call Computer Cabs (7286 0286), Dial-a-Cab (7253 5000), or Radio Taxis ( 7272 0272).
Minicabs: Private cars. Cheaper than black cabs, but less reliable stick to a reputable company. Teksi (7267 0267) offers 24hr. pick-up anywhere in London.