Basic info

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Dialing Code – Country code +44
Directory Enquiries – 118 118 
Emergency Services – Dial 999 for police, fire or ambulance.
Currency Currency converter
Electricity – 240 Volts standard, 50 V a/c, and plugs require a three-head pin.


To and from the airport

If you wish to travel hassle free for a relatively low cost City Living recomends Simply airport (+44 700 596 42 42) taxis. They will get you to and from the airport, straight to your doorstep with fixed prices. When you call to make a reservation they will calculate the price. If you are more than one person it´s a very good deal unless you are on a very tight budget  and wish to take the cheapest alternatives like bus or tube. 

Heathrow airport

By coach: National express runs between all London airports at very cheap prices.

London Underground: Piccadilly Line trains run between Heathrow and central London. The journey takes less than an hour. Cheapest alternative.

Heathrow Connect: Half-hourly stopping services run between Paddington and Heathrow. The journey takes 26 minutes from Terminals 1, 2 and 3, a few minutes more from Terminal 4.

Heathrow express:  Only takes 15 minutes to get into Paddington Station and costs GBP 32 (round-trip). 

Gatwick airport

By bus/coach: National express runs between all London airport at very cheap prices.

The Gatwick Express: Takes 30 minutes to get into Victoria Station and costs GBP 28.80 (round-trip).

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Stansted airport

By bus/coach: Most cost effective way… 

Stansted express: Runs every 15 minutes and takes about 45 minutes. Single fare £18 (discount for on line booking).

Around town

The first thing you should do is to get the Oyster card! The absolute cheapest way of getting around London except from walking.

oystercardYou can get the card at most tube station ticket offices. At first you need to pay refundable £3 deposit and then add money as you go. At the end of the trip you can refund whatever is left on the card. The oyster card can be used on tube, bus and rail services and is way cheaper than buying tickets every time you go.


Underground information:

Below here is a map of Londons underground system. Click and zoom in on it to enlarge.

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You can also plan your route with  Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

Visit the Transport for London website  if you would like more detailed information on buses, the tube, railway and local trains.