London Tube

The London Underground rail network, or or "the Tube" is a great way to travel to and from Central London and will be an integral part of most people's stay in the UK capital.

Greater London is served by 12 Tube lines, along with the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and an interconnected local train network. Underground trains generally run between 5am and midnight, Monday to Saturday, and operating hours are reduced on Sunday. Exact details depend on the station and the line, so it's worth checking the Transport for London website.

For more detailed information on which stations to use and suggestions for the best route to reach your destination, use Transport for London's Journey Planner.

Zones and Tube Fares

London's public transport network is divided into nine travel zones. Zone 1 is in Central London and zones 6-9 are on the outskirts of the city.

Buy a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card, Travelcard or contactless card payment to get the best value as cash is the most expensive way to pay.

The cash fare for a single journey in zone 1 is £4.70. The same fare with Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card or contactless payment card is £2.50.

For contactless payment cards issued outside the UK, please check for transaction fees or bank changes.

There are various discounts available for children, students, and elderly travellers. See the Transport for London website for details.

Free London Tube Maps and Guides

Transport for London produces free maps and guides to help you get around. You can pick up a London Underground Map upon arrival at any London Tube station. London Travel Information centres sell tickets and provide free maps. There are centres at all Heathrow Airport terminals, major stations in London and at Tourist Information Centres.

You can also download a handy Tube and bus map designed for visitors in our Travel Maps section.

Tips for Tube Travellers

Travelling around London on the Tube? Here are some other useful tips that will make your journey more enjoyable and efficient:

  • Avoid travelling during rush hours (weekdays, 7-9am and 5.30-7pm) if at all possible
  • Check the front of the train for the correct destination
  • Stand on the right when using escalators
  • Wait for passengers to leave the train before boarding
  • Move down inside the Tube carriages while travelling, so you don't block the doorways for other passengers
  • Stand behind the yellow line whilst waiting for the train on the platform
  • Offer your seat to anyone who is unwell, elderly, pregnant or travelling with small children
  • Hold onto the yellow rails if you are standing during your journey
  • Mind the gap!

Accessibility Information

Access to most Tube stations is via numerous steps. The London underground system can become very crowded at peak times and, therefore, difficult for those with mobility problems.

Many deep-level Tube stations have escalators to platforms. But nearly all the stations with escalators or lifts also have stairs between street level and the ticket hall and/or between the escalator/lift and the platforms. The dowloadable Tube map on our free London travel maps page indicates which Tube stations are step-free. 

When boarding Tube trains, be aware that there is generally a step of up to 8 inches (20cm), either up or down, between the platform and the train. If this is problematic, travel in the first carriage, so the driver can see you more clearly, and allow enough time for you to get on or off.

For more information, visit Transport for London's Accessibility page.

London Tube Map

Devised in 1933 by Harry Beck, the Underground map is a 20th-century design classic. It's very useful, clearly indicating the general directions used to designate trains (north, south, east or westbound), and with all interchanges clearly shown.

Explore Around London's Tube Network

Map of London Underground Chesham Amersham Chalfont & Latimer (Connection with National Rail) Chorleywood Rickmansworth Watford Croxley Moor Park Northwood Northwood Hills Pinner North Harrow Harrow-on-the-Hill (Connection with National Rail) Harrow & Wealdstone (Connection with National Rail) Kenton Preston Road West Ruislip (Connection with National Rail) Hillingdon Ickenham Uxbridge Ruislip Ruislip Manor Eastcote Rayners Lane Ruislip Gardens South Ruislip (Connection with National Rail) Northolt Greenford (Connection with National Rail) Sudbury Town Alperton Sudbury Hill South Harrow West Harrow Northwick Park South Kenton North Wembley Wembley Central Stonebridge Park Harlesden Willesden Junction (Connection with National Rail) Kensal Green Stanmore Canons Park Queensbury Kingsbury Neasden Dollis Hill Wembley Park Queen's Park Watford Junction Perivale Hanger Lane Park Royal North Ealing Ealing Broadway (Connection with National Rail) West Acton North Acton East Acton White City Shepherd's Bush Holland Park Ealing Common Hounslow East Osterley Boston Manor Northfields South Ealing Chiswick Park Turnham Green (Served by Piccadilly line trains early morning and late evening) Stamford Brook Ravenscourt Park West Brompton (Connection with National Rail) Earl's Court Kensington Olympia (Connection with National Rail) High Street Kensington Barons Court Goldhawk Road Shepherd's Bush Market Latimer Road Ladbroke Grove Westbourne Park Royal Oak Warwick Avenue Kilburn Park Maida Vale Paddington (Connection with National Rail) Bayswater Acton Town Hammersmith West Kensington Notting Hill Gate Wood Lane Heathrow Terminal 5 Richmond (Connection with National Rail) Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 (Airport interchange) Hounslow Central Gunnersbury Hatton Cross Kew Gardens Hounslow West Fulham Broadway East Putney Southfields Putney Bridge Parsons Green Wimbledon (Connection with National Rail; Connection with Tramlink) Wimbledon Park Heathrow Terminal 4 (Airport interchange) Hampstead Golders Green Colindale Edgware Burnt Oak Hendon Central Brent Cross St John's Wood Finchley Road Swiss Cottage Kilburn Willesden Green Mornington Crescent Camden Town Chalk Farm Belsize Park Kentish Town (Connection with National Rail) Tufnell Park Archway Highgate East Finchley Finchley Central West Finchley Woodside Park Totteridge & Whetstone High Barnet Mill Hill East Cockfosters Oakwood Southgate Arnos Grove Bounds Green Wood Green Turnpike Lane Manor House Finsbury Park (Connection with National Rail) Arsenal Caledonian Road Highbury & Islington (Connection with National Rail) Holloway Road West Hampstead Edgware Road (Circle Line) Edgware Road (Bakerloo Line) Marylebone (Connection with National Rail) Baker Street Regent's Park Warren Street Great Portland Street Euston (Connection with National Rail) King's Cross St. Pancras (Connection with National Rail) Euston Square Angel Moorgate (Connection with National Rail) Tower Hill (Connection with riverboat services) Leicester Square Liverpool Street (Connection with National Rail) Bank Goodge Street Queensway Lancaster Gate Marble Arch Bond Street Oxford Circus Tottenham Court Road St. Paul's Bermondsey Old Street (Connection with National Rail) Mansion House Blackfriars (Connection with National Rail; Connection with riverboat services) London Bridge (Connection with National Rail; Connection with riverboat services) Temple (Closed Sundays) Charing Cross (Connection with National Rail) Holborn Piccadilly Circus Sloane Square Barbican Covent Garden Russell Square Chancery Lane (Closed Sundays) Monument Embankment (Connection with riverboat services) Westminster (Connection with riverboat services) South Kensington Aldgate Knightsbridge Cannon Street (Connection with National Rail) Gloucester Road Farringdon (Connection with National Rail) Green Park Hyde Park Corner St. James's Park Victoria (Connection with National Rail) Clapham North Oval Clapham South Tooting Broadway Morden Clapham Common South Wimbledon Colliers Wood Vauxhall (Connection with National Rail) Clapham Junction Pimlico Balham (Connection with National Rail) Tooting Bec Stockwell Brixton (Connection with National Rail) Kennington Elephant & Castle (Connection with National Rail) Lambeth North Borough Southwark Waterloo (Connection with National Rail; Connection with riverboat services)Queens Road Peckham (Connection with National Rail) Walthamstow Central (Connection with National Rail) Blackhorse Road (Connection with National Rail) Seven Sisters (Connection with National Rail) Tottenham Hale (Connection with National Rail) Chigwell Roding Valley Buckhurst Hill Theydon Bois Epping Debden Loughton Redbridge Gants Hill Wanstead Newbury Park Barkingside Hainault Grange Hill Fairlop Leyton Leytonstone Snaresbrook South Woodford Woodford Dagenham Heathway Dagenham East Elm Park Hornchurch Upminster Bridge Upminster (Connection with National Rail) Heron Quays Custom House for ExCel Aldgate East Devons Road Tower Gateway Canada Water Barking (Connection with National Rail) Whitechapel East Ham Stepney Green Pudding Mill Lane Becontree All Saints Royal Albert Gallions Reach Beckton Park West India Quay Limehouse (Connection with National Rail) Langdon Park Westferry North Greenwich for the O2 Shadwell Stratford (Connection with National Rail) Stratford International West Silverton Prince Regent Plaistow Bow Church Bromley-by-Bow Poplar Pontoon Dock Bethnal Green East India Shoreditch High Street Cyprus Star Lane Canning Town Royal Victoria Mile End Blackwall Canary Wharf Bow Road Upton Park West Ham (Connection with National Rail) Upney South Quay Beckton Cutty Sark (Connection with riverboat services) Island Gardens Mudchute Crossharbour Greenwich (Connection with National Rail) Deptford Bridge Elverson Road London City Airport Lewisham (Connection with National Rail) Woolwich Arsenal New Cross (Connection with National Rail) King George V New Cross Gate (Connection with National Rail) Imperial Wharf Crystal Palace (Connection with National Rail) West Croydon (Connection with National Rail, connection with Tramlink) Norwood Junction (Connection with National Rail) Anerley Penge West Sydenham Forest Hill Honor Oak Park Brockley Surrey Quays Rotherhithe Wapping Hoxton Haggerston Dalston Junction Woodgrange Park Wanstead Park Leytonstone High Road Canonbury Dalston Kingsland Walthamstow Queen's Road Leyton Midland Road Hackney Wick Homerton Hackney Central Caledonian Road & Barnsbury South Tottenham Harringay Green Lanes Crouch Hill Upper Holloway Camden Road Gospel Oak Kentish Town West Hampstead Heath Finchley Road & Frognal South Hampstead Kilburn High Road Brondesbury Brondesbury Park Kensal Rise Headstone Lane Hatch End Carpenders Park Bushey Watford High Street Acton Central South Acton Abbey Road Stratford High Street Peckham Rye (Connection with National Rail) Wandsworth Road (Connection with National Rail) Clapham High Street Denmark Hill (Connection with National Rail)

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