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How the subway in London works? To the tourist on a note of

New Year`s holidays Come, and travel for Christmas on one of the European capitals is one of popular tourist routes. For example, the trip to London, undoubtedly, will be remembered for a long time! And now I want to tell about the subway of London.

No doubt, it is the most convenient type of public transport in London. Here it is called a pipe (tube).

The scheme of the London subway at first sight can seem rather confused. Not subtly - the London subway the first subway in the world. It was started in 1863 (in Russia just in two years cancelled a serfdom before, you understand, not to the subway was).

At once I will tell that the subway of London expensive. The single ticket costs 4 £. And the ticket at a trip is used two times here: the first time - to come on station, and the second - to leave. It because fare depends on distance. In the London subway six zones (1 - I am a zone - the center, 2 - I - a ring around the center etc.) it is possible to go in the directions - southern (Southbound), northern (Northbound), western (Westbound) or east (Eastbound).

The price, respectively, for the first zone as I spoke, 4 £ and for the sixth zone 4,5 £. And if you have a ticket for the first zone, then, having tried to reach under it to station, for example, in the third zone, at an exit there is a chance to run into a penalty in 20 £.

But to you it is not necessary to worry concerning fare. In the London subway there are ways to considerably reduce the price of use of this transport.

At a trip to London so-called Travelcard of the London subway are most convenient. In other words, tickets per day, on three, for week, month and year. Annual, I think, it will not be necessary for you, and here day - time.

Price of the day card 7. 20 £. At this price you can ride in the subway the whole day how many it is required to you. But besides, do not forget about zones. This price for 1 - 2 zones, for 1 - 6 it will be already 14. 80 £.

The card price depends also on time of day. 7,20 £ it for rush hours (Peak), i.e. with 5. The 30th mornings to 12. 30 nights. The card for trips from 9 in the morning and till 6 in the evening (Peak Off) is cheaper - 5. 60 £. The week travel card costs about 25 £.

By the way, Travelcard of the London subway are valid also for land transport (excepting a taxi, certainly). What also reduces the price of movement on the city. The usual ticket in the well-known London two-storeyed bus (Double Decker) costs 2 £.

Frankly speaking, I how many was in London, did not use these buses. It is remembered, only just once swept out of curiosity. Generally moved by means of the subway.

Travelcard are valid also for DLR (a separate branch of the subway in east part of London) and for the railroad in the paid zones (except a site of Hayes & Harlington - Heathrow and the train Heathrow Express). It is interesting that the trains DLR go without drivers in completely automatic mode.

Also Travelcard allows a discount in 1/3 from a tariff on the vessels working at the Thames according to the schedule.

In the presence of adult Travelcard with any combination of zones you can get children`s Off - Peak Day Travelcards at preferential price for no more than 4 children making trips together with you.

Exist also travel in the form of plastic cards of Oyster (in translation - an oyster). The most convenient in a trip is three-day Oyster at the price about 20 £. These cards have a mass of additional opportunities - it is possible to put on them additional money, to use as credit for payment and so forth. But, not to bother with all this, by and large and not necessary for the ordinary tourist, use them for the basic purpose - journey payment.

Oyster, also as well as Travelcard, is possible for payment of journey on other types of land city public transport.

Tickets to the London subway can be bought at all its stations. They are on sale both in special automatic machines, and in cash desks of stations. Automatic machines very “fancy“ - sell tickets for cash, on credit cards, give change to a penny, etc. However for the first time to understand them it is problematic. Therefore I recommend to address directly to cash desk of station and to ask for the cashier day (3 - dnevny) Travelcard or Oyster. Just tell: “One day (three day) Travelcard. To Zone 1 - 2 (or other zone)“, pay the necessary sum and an issue of movement across London for you it is resolved.

The bought map is entered into a turnstile, read out and automatically output from it (as well as in the Moscow subway). Oyster is simply put to the special device on the same turnstile. Shutters of a turnstile open, and you pass to escalators. By the way, in London there are several metro stations where instead of escalators big passenger elevators are used. Very entertainingly.

Important : do not forget to take the card from a turnstile since at an exit you are waited by just the same procedure, but already to leave the subway.

System of transitions in the London subway, so to say, not really simple. But all difficulties are compensated by abundance of indexes. It is just necessary to know the name of that line of the subway on which there is a station necessary to you. At each station there are detailed maps of the subway and other necessary information.

The trains approaching a platform absolutely not necessarily go to the same terminal station of this branch. Therefore be attentive and pay attention to digital information displays which hang over platforms. Information on that is output to them, in how many minutes there arrives the following train and the name of terminal station of its route.

So that not to be mistaken, be convinced that the station necessary to you is on the line which name of the last station coincides with the name on a board.

Perhaps, first this information will seem a little difficult, and the scheme of the London subway confused, but by the experience I will tell that after the first trips you are convinced that it is rather simple and very convenient to reach the chosen area by means of the subway of London.