Europe England London London Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Itineraries Events Getaways All London London's Underground Lines: What You Need to Know Get to Grips With London's Tube Network Written by Laura Porter Facebook Twitter Laura Porter is an experienced UK travel writer specializing in all things to do with London. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Laura Porter Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email Matthew E. Maddock/Getty Images The London Underground has 11 color-coded lines. It may seem confusing when you first try to find your way around the city on the tube but with practice, it can be quite straightforward. Pick up a free tube map at any station or visitor information office. The tube operates from approximately 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on most lines (7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays). Services are frequent, especially in central London. Most major attractions are within walking distance of a tube station. Trains can be busy during peak hours and visitors find it easier and cheaper to travel after 9:30 a.m. Monday to Friday. The network is divided into nine zones with Zone 1 being the central area. Be aware that as the transport system is old, it needs maintaining and this means that you can encounter frequent Weekend Engineering Works. Buying tickets Invest in a Visitor Oyster Card if you plan to make journeys via tube, bus, tram, DLR, London Overground, TFL Rail or River Bus. The fares are cheaper than purchasing paper tickets and are capped on a daily basis so that you can travel as many times as you like in a day for a maximum charge of £6.60 (compared to a paper Travelcard priced at £12.30). You can also take advantage of discounts and special offers throughout the city. Cards can be purchased and delivered to your home ahead of a trip to London. Here's a list of London's tube lines with a handy guide to key stops on each route: Bakerloo Line (Brown)FROM: Harrow & WealdstoneTO: Elephant & CastleUSEFUL STOPS:Edgware Road Oxford Circus Piccadilly Circus Waterloo Central Line (Red)FROM: HillingdonTO: EppingUSEFUL STOPS:Shepherd's Bush Notting Hill Gate Marble Arch Oxford Circus Tottenham Court Road Circle Line (Yellow)USEFUL STOPS:Paddington Baker Street Liverpool Street Tower Hill Embankment Victoria Notting Hill Gate Hammersmith (end of the extension) Ealing Broadway Richmond Wimbledon Upminster Edgware Road District Line (Green)FROM:TO:USEFUL STOPS:Paddington Notting Hill Gate Hammersmith & City Line (Pink)FROM: HammersmithTO: BarkingUSEFUL STOPS:Paddington King's Cross St. Pancras Liverpool Street Jubilee Line (Silver)FROM: StanmoreTO: StratfordUSEFUL STOPS:Westminster Waterloo London Bridge Amersham Chesham Watford Hilling on Metropolitan Line (Purple)FROM:TO: AldgateUSEFUL STOPS:King's Cross St. Pancras Liverpool Street High Barnet Mill Hill East Edgware Northern Line (Black)FROM:TO: ModernUSEFUL STOPS:Camden Town Euston Kings Cross St. Pancras London Bridge Tottenham Court Road Waterloo Heathrow Uxbridge Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue)FROM:TO: CockfostersUSEFUL STOPS:Knightsbridge Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square King's Cross St. Pancras Victoria Line (Light Blue)FROM: Walthamstow CentralTO: BrixtonUSEFUL STOPS:King's Cross St. Pancras Oxford Circus Victoria Waterloo & City Line (Pale Blue)FROM: WaterlooTO: Bank(No other stops.) Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Getting Around London: Guide to Public Transportation Over 100 Free Things to Do in London This is the Best Time to Take a Trip to London The Prettiest Streets in London Here's How to Visit Monopoly Board Locations by London Bus London's Best Bus Routes for Sightseeing The British Museum: The Complete Guide King's Cross Station, London: The Complete Guide Your Handy Guide to the London Tube: Maps, Tips, and Advice A Guide to Airports in London Avoid These Peak Travel Times on the London Tube How to Get From Luton Airport to Central London 19 Things to See If You Only Have a Few Hours in London Number 24 London Bus for Cheap Sightseeing in London Love Old Photos? Me Too. Enjoy These Photos of Victorian London The Ultimate Itinerary for a European-Inspired Solo Trip Around the U.S.