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Alternative Ways to Travel in London

We’ve all heard about how expensive fares from black cabs and the London Underground are but there’s many other alternative ways to travel in London – and they’re often much cheaper too!


The introduction of the cycle hire scheme has made cycling more popular and is a great alternative to see the streets and sights of London.  There are plenty of docking stations around London whereby you can pay by card or cash to rent out a bike for as long or short as you like and when you’ve decided you’ve had enough you can return it at a different docking station.



A common sight in London is the open top tour buses but they charge a high price that not everyone can afford.  The alternative is to catch an ordinary double decker bus and sit on the top floor to watch the world go by.  This will cost you a fraction of the price and if you plan your journey well you can do a lot of sightseeing from the warmth of the top deck.

Boat on the Thames

An inspiring way to see the city is to take a boat along the Thames.  See the sights like the London Eye, Tower of London and the Tate galleries from one of the commuter boats that run from Westminster through to Greenwich.  Clipper Services and Transport for London both offer regular trips along the river, especially during the summer months, and you can use your oyster card just like on a bus or train.


For a different and unique way of seeing the city take a ride on a rickshaw. It might be a bit of a hair-raiser weaving in and out of London’s traffic but it’s certainly a great way to beat the crowds. Not just confined to the West End and Chinatown, you’ll be able to see the sights from a seat of one of these – and it’s also an eco-friendly way to travel.



Featured photo via The Sun



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About Dianne Thomas

Dianne is a freelancer writer/photographer who divides her time between London and Bulgaria. Her blog: which is dedicated to destinations, accommodation, food and practicalities for travelling in Bulgaria.

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