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How to use the Tube

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How to use the Tube

We are arriving at Heathrow and we need to get to Plaistow and we already have our Oyster .

Cards. I figure I can find the Piccadilly tube at the airport and board there. Do I just swipe my Oyster card through a reader and go through a gate to board the train? I thought I would transfer to the District Train at Hammersmith or South Kennsington stops or should I change trains at Action Town?. My question is how do you transfer trains? Do you just get off one and walk over to the other line? I don't want to have to pass through a gate again and pay another fare if I don't have to. Please walk me through this. New York City was a piece of cake so i hope London is the same.

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1. Re: How to use the Tube

I find London easier than NYC - better signage, better links/connections.

You tap your Oystercard on the ticket barrier card reader to open them (and to exit). When changing lines you don't usually tap again (unless using the DLR or Overground). Just follow signs for the line/direction of travel you want. Oyster works out your fares automatically (including where you may have travelcards and PAYG on the same trip).

The only thing to beware of is that you do tap in and out (usually you have to because of the aforesaid barriers) on your journey. You'll do it once or twice and never look back. Easy peasy.

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2. Re: How to use the Tube

Best to change at Hammersmith for District line - easy cross platform no steps or tunnels involved.

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3. Re: How to use the Tube

Photo showing the island platform at Hammersmith (westbound platform, but the eastbound platform is similar) http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2800819

How to use the tube: www.youtube.com/watch…

Ticket barriers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyfAt5P3WE8

Personally, I find this tube map easier to use: http://www.london-tubemap.com/

Edited: 22 August 2013, 13:21
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4. Re: How to use the Tube

Another how to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCnwEiz1vIE

An example of a journey on the tube (note the use of a paper travelcard): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_olfhN3elog

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5. Re: How to use the Tube

Thanks for all the quick responses. You make me feel like I am already there. Should be a piece of cake.

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6. Re: How to use the Tube

Barriers are usually at entrances/exits. If you come to some and you are only transferring between platforms, then you have probably taken a wrong turn somewhere. It happens.

Don't go through the barriers. Ask a London Transport employee for directions.

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7. Re: How to use the Tube

Victoria cake !!!

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8. Re: How to use the Tube

If you have the time (the first ten minutes in particular), this video is interesting and a bit fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrhslXjN5xE

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9. Re: How to use the Tube

The tube is one of those things which is hard to explain but easy in real life experience. Once you have used it once you will be a pro. Don't worry.

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10. Re: How to use the Tube

You're staying in Plaistow? Can I ask why you chose to stay there? It's not known for its tourist accommodation.