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1. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

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Hello! That's me again, going to London for the second time but with no idea where to go or even where not to go
I need some advice about the underground. I have already checked the map and I realize where is which zone.
I will have to go to Queensway which is in Zone 1 to White City which is in Zone 2. I have a booked tour at BBC Central Studios at 10:00 AM.
Questions:
I know Zone 1 should be safe because it is the touristic Zone. But how about Zone 2?
Are the trains crowded at nine o'clock in the morning?
Which stations and zones I should avoid?
From which time and before which time the underground is not a safe option to a lonely girl?
If I am traveling through different zones which kind of tickets should I buy? A day Ticket is valid to all zones? (I intend only travel between zones 1 and 2)
Are buses a better option?
Thanks!

2. Posted by wyre83 (Budding Member 47 posts) 9y

Hi There,

If you are only travelling for one day on the underground I would recommend getting a zone 1-2 day pass, which I think costs just over 5pounds. If you are spending a few days in London it may be better to get an oyster card. Its costs 3pounds and then you can add credit to it and use it in any zone and it will automatically deduct the correct amount from the card.
I dont think travelling on the underground at anytime or in any area feels unsafe, perhaps there are some areas in London that are more dangerous than others but in terms of being on public transport it is very safe. I've been living in London for 8months and use the underground often at middnight when the last trains depart and it feels alot safer than buses - its also alot easier to use than the bus network.
Travelling on the underground a 9am in the morning is just after peak travel time so it wont be as busy as between 7am-8.30am.

Hope this has answered some of your questions.

3. Posted by crwalker (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Oyster Card(free) is a kind of ticket which covers nearly all types of transportation in London(bus, tube). There is a limit (£3/5, I can't remember) on this Card u can spend in a day, no extra fee will be charged above the limit if u continue to use it.

No places will be 100% safe, but try to avoid going out at midnight.

Zone 1/2 are usually fine, feel free to go.

4. Posted by Chix (Full Member 114 posts) 9y

You'll be fine in zones 1 and 2...just follow the usual rules of not wandering around on your own, late at night. Saying that, I spent 6 months living by a council estate in Clapham (on the edge of zones 2 and 3) and regularly walked home from work late and in the dark with absolutely no problems. The key is to look confident (even if you're lost) and walk briskly...no dawdling around looking lost!

Yes - trains are still busy at 9am usually, and more so as you get closed to the centre (zone 1). Leave yourself plenty of time for your journey (The transport for london website has a route planner which will tell you how to get to your tube destination and how long it will take).

I've gotten tubes at all different times of the day and never really had a problem - there's usually a few people on there no matter what time it is, so you're unlikely to get any major hassle.

I'd chose the tube over the buses any day...I hate getting buses when I don't know their route or exactly where I want to stop as I never know where to get off. You can get a day travel pass (e.g zone 1&2 pass is £6.60 at peak times / £5-something off peak) which will work on both tube and bus so you have the option..

PS: I'm a girl from the country and moved to London to live with some random people I didn't even know - if I can survive there, so can you! :)

5. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Hello! Thanks everybody for the replies.
I will be in London for just two days. I will arrive around 10am at Paddington and leave the next day around 6pm or 7pm at Paddington too. I will only go to Zone 2 to White City once.
I have just one more question.
Day One. I will spend with a sightseeing company, either The Big Bus Company or The Original London Tour.
Day Two. I will go to the BBC Television Centre at 9am at White City, after that I might go to Westminster to visit the Houses of Parliament or to watch a show in West End - I am thinking about 'Mary Poppins' at 2h30pm.
Question: What is the best Underground Pass option?

6. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

(The transport for london website has a route planner which will tell you how to get to your tube destination and how long it will take).

What is the transport for London website?

7. Posted by peterW (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

These things may help you from the Transport for London (TfL) website:

And this London Map may help you check out what there is to see. There are photos and descriptions of many of the sights and attractions in London

8. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

If you can go and see Billy Elliot.
A really great show!

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Audry:)

How long will u be staying in London?
It would be more economical to buy a week pass or a month pass, to cover zones 1 and 2, if u will be staying within these zones. This will also cover the buses.

I dont know all areas, of London, but I can tell u about the area I lived in. I used to live in Kennington. I would avoid walking around Kennington, Vauxhall and Brixton, and/or going to those underground stations at night. They should be OK, during the day.

Maybe, it would also be wise to avoid the Kings Cross area, at night.

Buses are not a better option. The bus network is also good. However, it is more difficult to learn about the bus routes, than it is to learn about the underground. However, if u have a bus and underground pass, u can hop on buses, which are taking an interesting route, as a site seeing experience. Just go to someplace in Zone 1, and look at the bus routes, listed at the bus stops, and choose an interesting one.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on May 2, 2007, at 12:36 AM by Mel. ]

10. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Thank you! I will stay in London for 2 days.