The London Underground has twelve color-coded lines. It may seem confusing when you first try to find your way, but with practice, it can be quite straight forward.
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Using an Oyster card offers cheaper fares than paying cash on tubes and buses. Read these articles for more advice:
- Cheaper With an Oyster Card
- Oyster Card Review
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Don't Drink Alcohol or Smoke
From 1 June 2008, drinking from and carrying open containers of alcohol is banned, making the tube a safer and more pleasant experience for passengers.
Smoking has been banned on tube trains since 1987 (following the King's Cross fire) but was extended in 2007 to include all public spaces such as train platforms (even when outside), bus shelters, and coach stations.
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We have an unspoken rule on London Underground escalators: always stand on the right. Many a visitor to our city has been caught out by this rule as it's not made clear when you arrive, but if you stand in the way of a London commuter they'll soon let you know! Find out more about this rule.
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Avoid traveling at peak times on the tube as these are the commuter times and it can be horribly crowded. Find out more about London's rush hour.
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There are no porters on the London Underground system so you will need to be able to move your luggage up and down stairs on your own. Remember to take off your backpack and place it on the floor and it's easy to turn round and knock out a local!
Never leave your belongings unattended, and allow yourself time to check you haven't forgotten anything before you need to go as left luggage causes security alerts every day which means tube stations have to close as customer safety is paramount on the underground system.
London has lots of free newspapers but please do not leave your paper on the tube as it is considered littering, which carries a fine. Take your paper with you and dispose of it in a recycling bin outside of the station.
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No Flash Photography
Flash photography or any other form of additional lighting is not permitted on any London Underground platform. This is a safety thing as you can imagine the poor drivers coming out of a dark tunnel and getting cameras flashing in their face might cause a few accidents.
Technically, you are not allowed to take any photos on the Underground but the staff is usually lenient if you just want some holiday snaps. If you want to take some serious pics then you'll need to apply for a photography permit.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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