Journey Planner is one of the best features on the Transport for London website and is definitely worth bookmarking ahead of a trip to the capital. It allows you to submit transport queries to find out the best real-time routes throughout London. You can use the following to figure out the best way to get from A to B:
- a tube station
- a postcode
- a specific address
- a place of interest
You can select the date and time that you want to travel.
This allows you to check if there are any planned engineering works happening at that time, any station closures, lift/elevator access issues or if unexpected delays are occurring. If there is a change to normal service, Journey Planner will offer an alternative route.
Once you have submitted your travel plans, Journey Planner will offer a list of routes. The symbols make it easy to see whether it is suggesting walking, bus, tube or train routes. The site provides an estimated journey time, which is helpful when planning what time to set off.
Click on 'View' to get more details of an individual journey. A fantastically detailed route appears, with the timing for each stage (it normally over estimates the walking time, so you can save a few minutes here). A map is available for each stage of the journey so you can check exactly what they are suggesting. There are also symbols to show you if you will need to climb up or down stairs (normally at tube stations) so if you have any mobility problems, you can avoid these routes.
If you are using a UK mobile (cell) phone you can even choose to have the route sent to you as a text (SMS) message.
The following language options are available: