London’s Public Transport: Tackling Rising Fuel Costs
Amid the rising cost of living crisis, one of the things that we’re required to shell out a lot of money for is fuel. Filling your car’s tank up with petrol or diesel just isn’t affordable anymore, with prices rising from 144.80 pence per litre in January 2022 to as much as 191.53 pence per litre in July. As one of the most expensive cities to live in worldwide, London’s fuel costs even exceeded £2 per litre for diesel. On top of this, driving through Central London is anything but smooth, meaning that constantly stopping and starting only exacerbates your fuel consumption.
Thankfully, London is home to some of the best transport links in the world, meaning that you’re able to avoid the staggering fuel costs when visiting the West End. From the London Underground to the latest e-scooter solutions, London’s public transport is incredibly affordable and certainly more convenient than driving.
In addition to expenses and convenience, utilising London’s public transportation systems is much better for the environment. This is something that we must concern ourselves with when considering just how much climate change is also spiralling out of control.
So, how do you navigate London’s public transportation systems when joining us on a Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour?
Perhaps the most popular mode of London transport is the Underground, and it’s no wonder why. With as little as two minutes between trains and an easy-to-follow map, the Tube is arguably the most convenient way of getting from A to B in London.
Our Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour departs from the Goddess Diana Fountain, which is just down the path from the Ritz Corner entrance to Green Park. Consequently, the nearest Underground station is Green Park Station, which can be accessed via the Piccadilly or Victoria lines. Green Park station is a mere two-minute walk away from the park itself; however, Central London is so well-connected that there are various ways to access the park via the Underground.
For instance, Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross, Westminster, and Victoria are just some of the Underground stations that are within walking distance of Green Park. Therefore, you’re not restricted to the Piccadilly and Victoria lines alone.
A one-way trip on the tube in Zone 1 at peak times will set you back £2.50.
If you’re visiting from the Southeast of England, it may be that you don’t have to use the London Underground at all. This is because Green Park is a 15-minute walk from Charing Cross Train Station, which caters to Southeastern Railway.
Furthermore, those visiting from the South of England may also manage to avoid the tubes, as Victoria Train Station caters to Southern Railway. As with Charing Cross, Green Park is also a 15-minute walk from Victoria.
There are 13 bus routes in which Green Park can be accessed, these are 2, 8, 9, 14, 16, 19, 22, 36, 38, 52, 73, 148, and 436.
2 runs from Norwood Bus Garage to Marylebone Station, and vice versa.
8 runs from New Oxford Street to Bow Bus Garage, and vice versa.
9 runs from Aldwych/Bush House to Hammersmith Bus Station, and vice versa.
14 runs from Putney Heath/Green Man to Russell Square, and vice versa.
16 runs from Victoria Station to Longley Way, and vice versa.
19 runs from Battersea Bridge to Finsbury Park Interchange, and vice versa.
22 runs from Oxford Circus Stn/Margaret Street to Putney Common, and vice versa.
36 runs from New Cross Bus Garage to Queen’s Park Station, and vice versa.
38 runs from Victoria Bus Station to Lea Bridge Roundabout, and vice versa.
52 runs from Pound Lane/Willesden Bus Garage to Victoria Bus Station, and vice versa.
73 runs from Stoke Newington Common to Great Titchfield St/Oxford Circus Stn, and vice versa.
148 runs from Denmark Hill/Camberwell Green to White City Bus Station, and vice versa.
436 runs from Molesworth Street to Battersea Park Station, and vice versa.
A one-way bus journey will cost you £1.65.
Perhaps you’re a fitness fanatic who’d like to get your morning bike ride in before paying us a visit. If that’s the case, you’re in luck, as there is a Santander Cycle docking station right by Green Park Station, where you can drop off the bike upon reaching us.
Hiring a Santander Cycle costs £2 for unlimited journeys up to 30 minutes within a 24-hour period. For journeys longer than 30 minutes, you pay £2 for each additional 30 minutes.
E-scooters are the latest trend in cities across the world, and London is no exception. Consequently, there is an e-scooter docking station right by Green Park Station, so you can drop the scooter off and join us on our tour.
Hiring an e-scooter will cost you £7 for the day.
Book in for a Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour
Don’t let the rising cost of fuel stop you from experiencing London. Consider the affordable public transportation options, as listed above, and book in for one of our tours today.