Many people moving to London from America decide to use public transportation instead of either bringing or buying a vehicle. This choice is highly recommended as it is actually quicker and easier to move about the city via the Tube or bus. For longer or more emergent trips a cab can easily be found. While many moving to London from America may be used to public transportation a large chunk of the US hardly relies on it at all. For them, a breakdown of London’s transportation system is described below.
Most Americans moving to London own or lease a car back here in the states. There are very few cities that have public transportation adequate enough to allow their residents to get where they need to go without a car. London is different. London has one of the world’s best public transportation systems and is proud of that accomplishment. Not only is a car unnecessary for those living and working in the city, having a car can be very expensive between all the fees and parking charges.
When you are moving to London you may want to travel by taxi for the first few days while you get settled. You’ll have to get onto the tube at some stage, but taxis remain the most efficient way of getting anywhere in London in a hurry. The downside is that they are far more expensive than using tube, train or bus.
The biggest aspect of moving to London is learning about how the transport system works. Many Americans moving to London assume they will be able to get a car, but you don’t need it, you definitely don’t want the hassle and you’ll be using public transport for the most part after your relocation to London.
After your relocation to London, you will find that taking a taxi can be the fastest and most convenient way of travelling from a station to your London apartment, or for taking you home safely at night.