London Transport Information, England

St Pancras station statue, London Transport, England

St Pancras station, the Eurostar International rail terminal and a first test of London Transport for many travellers who have been lucky enough to miss the horrors of London airports, especially Luton and Stanstead.

Getting to London from 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

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

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.

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 London Transport’s Free Journey Planner

Journey Planner

London Transport Free Journey Planner

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.

Easy Travel on the Thames River

Thames Clipper boat and Tower Bridge, London Transport, England. Photo by Fraselpantz

Fast and pleasant river commuting is possible on a Thames Clipper, fast, basic catamarans bearing different sponsorship labels. Two are visible in this busy River Thames scene. Photo by Fraselpantz

London Transport Safety

• As usual beware of pickpockets in crowded buses and tube trains.
• 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 or Uber, pricey but safe and knowledgeable, or call a reputable cab company from your hotel.

Boris Bikes/Cycle Hire

Like Paris’ Velo Bleu Cycle Hire, Santander  bikes are aimed primarily at Londoners; hire is free for half an hour, cheap for an hour and then getting increasingly and costly up to 24 hours. There were infrastructure and reliability problems for the first few years but recently the performance of the hire operation has improved considerably.  Research now  shows that cyclists using the scheme are three times less likely to be injured per trip than regular cyclists.

Official Cycle Hire information

Trishaws

tricycles for hire at Covent Garden Station, London Transport, England.

Covent Garden trishaws, an increasing and eco-favoured London transport system at war with regular taxis. Over a short distance they win out.

Inline Skating

Friday evening inline skating, Shaftesbury Avenue, London Transport, England

Inline skating in London; this is similar to the famous Paris version and takes place twice a week.

Friday nights starting at 8pm, the LFNS (London Friday Night Skate) starts from Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner every Friday but weather dependant.

Sunday afternoons starting at 2pm, the Sunday Stroll starts from Serpentine Road in Hyde Park every Sunday, but weather dependant.

These occasions are open to all skaters able to stop, turn and control their speed on hills. The Sunday Stroll is a relaxed slow paced skate; the LFNS is faster, more technically demanding and may involve hills and sprints. Both inline (‘rollerblade’) and quad (‘roller skate’) skaters are welcome.