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Project Britain
About London
London Index
Getting to London
Facts about London
The Queen's Guards
Royal London
Buildings and landmarks
The People
London Transport
Essential information
Shops and Markets
What to see
(important street)
Annual Events
London Police
Food and Drink
Open Spaces
Districts / Areas
History of London
River Thames
Hidden London
Arm Chair Travel
British life and culture - England, Scotland and Wales
London Underground (Subway) - tube trains

The quickest way to get around London is no doubt the Tube, London's version of the subway, which is a vast network of tunnels and trains that will get you anywhere in London that you want to go.

The underground

London's Underground network,
the world's first, opened in 1863.


The Tube is made up of 12 lines, each bearing a traditional name and a standard colour on the Tube Map. About 2.5 million passengers use the tube each day.

Tube train

The London Underground (the Tube) is the oldest metro system in the world, upon which nearly 1 billion journeys are made each year. If you want to travel fast around London, taking the tube will get you to your destination quicker than bus or taxi. Trains generally depart every 3 or 4 minutes, less frequently at weekends and late at night.


There are currently 275 stations on 12 lines, and 253 miles of route, mainly double tracked, of which 20 miles are in shallow tunnels and 93 miles in deep tunnels. To travel between the surface and the underground stations there are 408 escalators and 112 lifts.

Interesting Fact
The first tube line opened in 1863.
The carriages were pulled by steam engines.

London's Underground Tube system is divided up into several Zones in concentric circles from Zone 1 (central London) all the way out to Zone 6 (outer suburbs). Most tourist places are in Zones 1 and 2.

A guide to travelling on the London Underground - the zones and the lines


The Underground map - finding your destination on a map

London Transport

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Getting To London

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