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Travel in London like a Local

London is one of the most visited and one of the most diverse cities in the world. London has something for everyone: history, royal parks, monuments, fine food. I have been to London a few times and each time felt like there is a lot to do in London because you can never get bored of this city. The first thing that comes to my mind after hearing London is the song 'London Thumakda'. If you haven't yet visited London, you are missing a great city. If you are visiting London for the first time, this post is for you.

Airport Transfers
There are several options to reach your hotel / hostel once you land at London Heathrow airport. I don't prefer London Black Cab because once it did dent in my wallet. You can pre book the minicab online, but check online the mini cab service available in the area in which you are going. Another option is to use the public transport options provided by Transport For London (TFL). You can also use google maps, but keep postcodes handy. You can also try other cab service provider like Uber.

Google Maps

Uber Price within Google Maps mobile app

Roaming Around London
You can travel on Bus, Tube, Tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line and the most National Rail services in London and pay using Oyster card. Oyster card can be purchased from any of the Underground stations by paying 5 GBP which is refundable when you return the card. Oyster gives freedom to pay as you go or buy daily / weekly / monthly pass. London is divided into nine Travel Zones and pass fare depends on the zones you choose to travel. Check updated fares from the TFL website before you plan your travel. Travel zone 1 covers the central area and fare zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 form concentric rings around it. Most of the tourist attractions are located in Zone 1 only. If you are staying in zone 3, then buy for zone 1-3 pass. This pass covers zone 1 -3's Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, National Rail Services and you can travel whole London in bus using this pass. Google Maps app in smartphone would make travel easy.


Google Maps App

Buying Local Sim Card
You can buy a SIM card from the vending machine at London Heathrow airport or any tiny hole-in-the-wall local stores in the city. These SIM cards are free of cost, don't require any documents to be submitted and you need to only pay for top up card. I bought a Lycamobile SIM card as call to India was 1 pence per minute (INR 1 per minute) and GBP 5 for 500 MB of data valid for 30 days.

Enjoy your stay in London and if you have any queries, post them in the comments below.


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