London Transport Information
St Pancras station, the Eurostar International rail terminal and a first view of London for many travellers who have been lucky enough to miss the horrors of Heathrow or Gatwick airports.
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London to Paris and much of Europe by train:
The fast Eurostar rail line links London's St Pancras International with Paris' rather seedy Gare du Nord in Paris in just over two hours. St Pancras is also linked to many other stations in the UK. Eurostar information.
Europe By Bus:
For a cheaper but less pleasant journey Eurolines is an association of 30 national and private bus companies linking London to destinations all over Europe. Eurolines Booking.
St Pancras Station chillout zone, lower level.
Getting to/from St Pancras:
by Tube: The underground station Kings Cross St Pancras leads directly into St Pancras International and is better connected than any other London station with 6 of the major tube lines running through it – Victoria, Hammersmith and City, Piccadilly, Circle Metropolitan line and Northern. Please refer to Transport for London for journey times.
by Train: East Midland trains from St Pancras International and services from nearby King’ s Cross connect St Pancras to the North of England and Scotland, whilst First Capital Connect will help commuters to St Albans, Bedford, Luton and the South of England.
by Car: St Pancras International is also easily accessible by car via the A501 or A5202 and has an NCP car park situated on Pancras Road at the rear of the station. Plan your journey to St Pancras International by car.
Romantic meeting place, upper level.
Official website: St Pancras
Travel to London (Londres, Londra) from Europe
London's rental bikes, known formally as Barclays Cycle Hire and informally as Boris Bikes.
Like Paris' Velo Bleu Boris bikes are aimed primarily at British people; hire is free for half an hour, cheap for an hour and then getting increasingly and absurdly costly up to 24 hours - currently £50! - in other words they're for short journeys: pick one up, cycle to another docking station, plug the bike in, log out.
Step one is to get access to the machines. For casual access you need to be 18 and have a postal address
to verify card details. This may be a problem for foreign tourists.
If you can get past the card verification then various options are open for actually getting your bum on a bike but checking docking stations/bike availability is essential. It's a bummer to reach a docking station with a bike and find it's full. Conversely it's not good to go to pick up a bike and find the docking station empty. Smart phone apps are free and useful to avoid this kind of SNAFU. Zoomable Barclays Cycle Hire Map.
Canary Wharf 'tube' station (metro/subway/underground).
For the Tube, Oyster Cards are easy to use and reasonably cheap travel cards for a few days or get a One Day Travel Pass for just one or two days in London.
For more information on getting around London - buying an Oyster Card, tube services, cycling, walking, overground rail, buses, taxis and so on check Transport for London pages or use the Free Journey Planner
Fast and pleasant river commuting is possible on a Thames Clipper.
- As usual beware of pickpockets in crowded buses and tube
- Do not take random 'minicabs' from the street anywhere. These are usually illegal, unmarked
taxis without meters, and can result in robbery, assault or very silly costs. Stick with black cabs, pricey but safe and knowledgeable, or call a reputable cab company from your hotel.
Covent Garden trishaws, an increasing and eco-favoured transport system at war with regular taxis.
Inline skating in the West End; this is the less-well-organised Friday evening event (compared to Paris) moving from Shaftesbury Avenue into Soho.
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