London's legendary Tube network remains the quickest and easiest way to get around the city, though it is best avoided during rush hour. The famous red buses are a more pleasant, if slower, way to get around. One-, three-, and seven-day Travelcards are good options for tourists; they can be used on buses and the underground and can be bought at any newsagent. Oyster cards, a reusable, discounted, pay-as-you-go option, are now available to overseas visitors, but they must be purchased beforehand online or from overseas travel agents.
The ubiquitous black cabs are excellent or you can use private hire minicabs which must be ordered in advance. Illegal minicabs tout for business around London's theatres and nightspots; they are often the only option late at night but should not be taken by single women or those who don't know the way home.
London's main attractions are fairly close to one another; many are situated along the River Thames, and if the weather is nice, walking or taking a riverboat are good options. Driving is not a good option in central London, as parking is difficult to find and very expensive, and those who park illegally are faced with steep fines at best. A 'congestion charge' is also payable by those driving into central London from Monday to Friday between 7am and 6.30pm. However, driving is a good option for those wanting to explore the countryside. Car rental companies require the driver to be over 25, have a full driving license, and hold a credit card.
England has one of the most comprehensive public transportation systems in the world. Rail lines radiate outwards from London, connecting nearly every city in the country, and even extending to Wales and Scotland. There are over twenty companies operating rail services, but a fairly comprehensive map can be found at the National Rail Enquiries website.
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