If there is anything that needs doing as soon as possible after your relocation to London, it is figuring out how the tube works. Leave the details of your rental to professional London relocation agents; they can probably even help sorting out your bank account. The only way you are going to learn how the tube works is if you do it personally.

Zoned Out

The first thing you have to establish is which Zone(s) you will be travelling in. The London transport network is divided into fare zones that radiate out from the centre of the city to the edge of the suburbs. The most central zone is called Zone 1 and the outer Zone is called Zone 6. The more zones that you travel in, the more you will have to pay to use the transport network. If you live in Zone 3, work in Zone 1 and only make the occasional trip out to Heathrow or other areas in Zone 6, then you should only get a Zone1 – 3 Travelcard, and load it onto your Oyster Card. If you purchase an all-inclusive Zone Travelcard, you will be paying a lot of money for unnecessary travel options.

Peak travel time for all forms of public transport is between 4:30 am and 9.30 am Monday – Friday. If you purchase a 7-day Travelcard loaded onto your Oyster Card you can travel at any time of the day and not pay any more.

Kaleidoscope Travel in London

The transport system is coded by name and by color. The easiest way to remember which line you need to travel on after your relocation is to remember the color, but you will soon find out that all locals refer to the line by its name. When you’re still making your way through the maze after moving, stick to the colors!

If it is your first time in the city, you need to be armed when you travel. Not with a weapon, but with your Underground Map and the incredibly useful A-Z street map. Never leave home without both of these guides after your relocation to London. After a week of commuting though, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.