Transport in London – what you really need to know

Welcome back! Hopefully you’ve read our first post and got an Oyster card. This card can be used in all forms of public transport in London. In general the busses are cheaper than the tube, especially since the hopper fare has been introduced. The hopper fare enables you to take two busses in the course of an hour, paying only once. It’s important to be aware of the peak and off-peak fares for the tube. During peak times, the Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services in London charge higher fares.

→ Peak fares apply Monday to Friday (not on public holidays) from 06:30 to 09:30 and 16:00 to 19:00

→ Off-peak fares apply at all other times and if you travel from a station outside Zone 1 to a station in Zone 1 between 16:00 and 19:00, Mondays to Fridays

If you have registered your Oyster card online, you can access your journey history. In case you lose your Oyster card, the first thing to do is…

If you are under 25 it does make sense to get a 16-25 Railcard as well. This card costs £30 and is valid for a year. You will save 1/3 on Standard Anytime and Off-Peak fares and all Standard and First Class Advance fares, including the London Underground if you combined the the Railcard with your Oyster card.

…and if you want to see a few other places in the UK you are in the best place to start your journey from! If you decide to take the train, remember to use your Railcard and to bring it on the day! Ticket splitting will give you the cheapest fare, check as well. The coach, especially is very cheap so do check their website. shows you hostels and having an account on could save you the money for accommodation! You might be able to stay at other volunteer’s houses, just have a look on facebook in the EVS couchsurfing group.

Have a safe journey!


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