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When you’re travelling anywhere in the world, whether during the day or at night, it is important that you should remain safe. However, when you’re travelling around London, there are a few different ways you can travel around London that are both safer and easier than others. London is one of the most exciting cities to visit in the world, and if you get the chance to visit you should definitely take that chance with both hands, and enjoy it. While businesses can carry out an SMSTS in London to ensure that their employees know about safety, when you’re visiting London from aboard or from a different part of England, you’re going to need to know the safest and easiest ways get around. We’re putting together a list of some of the most important things to consider when you’re travelling in London, and a few tips on how to find the best ways.
One of the easiest ways to travel around London is by tube. This form of transport has been one of the most favoured forms and because of this, during peak times the tubes can end up being quite busy. One of the easiest ways to travel the tubes, particularly if you don’t want to be stuck in a big crowd or in big queues, then you should try to travel when people are generally at work during the week (between the hours of 9.30 and 5) and at the weekends either later a night, or early morning (around 8am). The tubes are a very convenient way to travel around London as you can get to all of the main parts of London very quickly, rather than having to navigate through the streets up top without much clue about where you’re going. There are plenty of tube maps in every station on the walls that you can follow, and the exit signs and ticket machines are very easy to find. The ticket machines can also be translated into a number of languages.
If you’re looking for a cheaper way to travel, and you want to explore the city in a healthier way than the Tubes, then the Santander Bikes are a great option. These are parked in docking stations across the city and are readily available for all to enjoy. These bicycles cost just £2 for 24 hour bike access which includes as many short journeys under 30 minutes as you like. The longer the journey the more it will cost, with £2 being charged for each extra 30 minutes or less. If you simply dock the bike then take it back out then you will only be charged £2. This is a fun, fast and affordable way to travel around London and will give you the perfect way to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. It is important that you know the rules of the road in London and stick to the cycle paths and lanes when travelling.
In London, you cannot pay for buses with change, as you can in the rest of the country, and in most other countries around the world. Instead, they use a contactless payment system, with which you must touch an Oyster card (which you can purchase at a train station ticket machine and top up) or a contactless debit or credit card in order to pay for your trips. While this is convenient for locals, it is not necessarily the most convenient for visitors. However, once you have an Oyster card you can also use this on the Tubes, which could work out well if you are in the city for more than just a few days. However, people generally believe buses to be a safer form of transport than tubes, and can be easier to navigate if you’re looking for a specific spot – as long as you work out the timetable.