The three other airports in the city are Gatwick Airport,Stansted Airport, and Luton Airport. The Airports Council International figures suggest that Heathrow Airport was the third busiest airport of the world in 2011.
Route master Busses: London provides tourists a number of options when it comes to transport. The red Route master buses are quintessentially London. These double-decker buses are favorites with tourists. A new Route master is set to launch this year in a chic new design - a hop on, hop off service to help the tourists get around. Heritage Route master buses still ply on Routes 9 and 15.
Most tourists to London opt for a London Pass. The pass offers a free tour of over fifty-five top London attractions including monuments, museums, and galleries. If you select the 'Travel' option with your London Pass your access to London buses and the Tube are also covered in the charges. Most visitors find this very economical.
The Black Cabs: The black London cabs are much in vogue. In London the cabs are called Taxis and the drivers undergo a thorough training. The drivers are familiar with most streets and lanes and are a great help when it comes to locating addresses. A 10% tip is usually added to the fare and is a norm in the city. A number of privately hired cars and minicabs ply in the city and are recognizable by the TLF sign.
The Tram and the Thames: South London is famous for its Tram link. Another heritage transport mode, you must board the tram for the very experience it provides. The Tram link takes three routes through South London. Another environment friendly way to see London is by taking a cruise along River Thames. The cruises at sundown are favorites for the excellent photography opportunities they provide. Cycles are also available for hire across London.
Mind the Gap: The London Tube remains the most popular mode of transportation across the city. Both quick and economical, the Tube routes crisscross the city taking you to every part of the sprawling city. Visitors, though enamored by the oldest tube rail of the world, do not prefer the Tube as they tend to miss out on the many sights London has to offer. If you are in London in the summer of 2012, we strongly recommend you carry a map of the London Tube routes as this is your best bet to get to the games venues quickly. And do remember to pick up the 'Mind the Gap' T-Shirts as souvenirs.
Beat the Traffic: London traffic is infamous for the time it takes to get to the different parts of the city. Tourists these days have discovered an igneous way to view the city and beat the traffic woes - the London Eye. Located to the west of the Jubilee Gardens of Lambeth, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel. Over 3.5 million people ride the London Eye each year. It carries them to a height of a height of 443 feet and needless to say the views are breathtaking. The London Eye is also wheelchair access enabled and an attempt to reduce carbon emission in London.
Last Updated on : 06/07/2012