Do’s and Don’ts of the London Underground

Published on 25th June 2015

London calling? It’s such a beautiful city to explore and the best way to get around is arguably the tube. If you’re not a London native, this can be a daunting experience so we’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts for your next journey on the London Underground.

  • Avoid rush hour

If possible, bypass the overcrowded carriages and save a penny or two by travelling during off-peak times

  • Know the escalator etiquette

Stand on the left, walk on the right

  • Don’t dine on the tube

No matter how much you’re craving that sandwich you just picked up, it’s not worth the hassle

  • Get an Oyster card

Whilst you can still acquire good old fashioned tickets, prepaid Oyster cards streamline the travel experience

  • Expect delays

Important meeting? Give yourself at least an extra 45 minutes to get there

  • Be patient

Always wait until passengers have finished disembarking before climbing on board

  • Don’t linger

This point stands for the majority of the Underground experience, from moving down inside the carriage to allow fellow commuters onto the train to moving swiftly on from the barriers

  • Give up your seat

As difficult as it may have been to grab a seat, priority seats must be offered to those who need them

  • Resist the urge to blast music

Be considerate and keep your headphones at a reasonable level so as not to disturb fellow commuters

  • Manners maketh man

Being polite can go a long way, especially in avoiding tube rage
All this being said, it’s not as terrifying an experience as some may have you believe! If you’re planning a trip to London, enjoy it in comfort and style in your home away from home.

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