The London Underground Tube, also referred to as the London Tube, is an electric railway system that provides transportation throughout the City of London and also to some surrounding areas. For visitors, the London Tube system can seem overwhelming; as the prices change depend on where you want to go. If you are new to the city, a London Tube map can be a valuable tool for getting around on the London Tube system.
A London tube map can be found at any London tube station, or you can pick up a London tube map from various visitor centers found throughout the city. Some of the most highly trafficked London Tube stations include King’s Cross, Euston, St. James’s Park, Oxford Circus, Liverpool Street Station, and Piccadilly Circus. There is also a London Underground Tube station at Heathrow Airport. While there are exceptions, most of these London Underground Tube stations are open seven days a week from 9am until 5pm. Some do close early or completely on Sunday, so be sure to check the most recently published London Tube system schedule.
When purchasing a London Tube pass, it is helpful to know where you plan to travel to. The tube system is split into different zones organized in concentric circles. Zone 1, the inner most circle, covers downtown London and is the busiest and least expensive zone. To travel out from zone 1, you will need different passes, known as multi-zone passes, indicating how far out you are going. It is possible to purchase a day pass for unlimited zone 1 rides for one day. To buy a London Tube pass visit any of the London Tube pass stations, where you can also pick up a London Tube map.
The London Underground represents the first public railway of its kind in the world. Formerly known as the Metropolitan Railway, the first section of what is today known as the London Underground began transporting people in 1863. On its first day being open on January 10, 1863, 40,000 passengers made a trip on the Metropolitan Railway. Later, in 1880, the Metropolitan Railway was carrying over 40 million passengers a year. Over the years, the original rail lines have expanded, and new technologies have been implemented. Today, the London Underground operates on an all-electric system, with above ground buses also being available in London for trips to Westminster Palace, Big Ben, and all of the great attractions in London.