Welcome to London!
Underground is a significant signature of London. Living there for one and a half months I found some fun interesting things about it~
Okay, first share with all how to save transportation fare in London
1. Must buy Oyster Card, no matter if you are there just for a few days or a week (read more and you’ll know why)
千千萬萬一定一定要買這一張牡蠣卡 Oyster Card, 無論你只是在倫敦待幾天或是一星期 (繼續看就知道為什麼呦)
2. For London Underground, the fare would be different according to time- ‘Peak Time’ & ‘Off-Peak Time.’
＊Peak Time: Monday-Friday 04:30-09:29
＊Off-Peak Time: Monday-Friday from 09:30-04:29 (the following day)
＊Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 04:30-04:29 (the following day)
倫敦地鐵因時段不同有分 “尖峰” & “離峰”時端
＊尖峰時段: 星期一~五 04:30-09:29
See below chart: (London Underground Map) 詳見以下範例
Ex: I lived in Zone Six, the far upper north-west, however sightseeing of London mostly in Zone 1/2. I always head out after 0930 avoiding the peak time; same as going back home after a stroll a day in the city, heading home after 1930/2000..or sometimes the time doesn’t matter to me, I just head home. (While writing this I realize the peak & off-peak hour had changed, before Mon-Fri 1600-1900 was peak hour as well)
*When have an oyster card, pay ₤5+₤3=8₤(peak+off peak/day)
**If you don’t have an oyster card, paying by cash its ₤5.5 one way
Cash is never the nice way.
***An oyster card, as I remembered its ₤5, can use it all up, then top-up.
****I don’t think the travelcard is worth it, unless you enjoy exploring London underground. Suggesting to hang around the city by foot, exploring by wandering around, going to places you think its unique and head which ever left or right turn. You never know which end of corner you’ll end up in, it’s pretty fun. 🙂
例:我住在倫敦第六區, 倫敦大多觀光景點都在第一或第二區. 每一天早上都會在離峰時間(0930後)出發用11路漫步逛一整天的倫敦; 回程在選擇在離峰時段或是我腳痠了, 尖峰時段坐回家. (在寫這的同時也發現了, 尖峰與離峰時間有改變, 之前是星期一至五的1600-1900也是尖峰時段)
*當有可愛的牡蠣卡的時候呢, 一天花₤5+₤3=8₤ (尖峰+離峰時段)
**如果沒有用牡蠣卡, 銀子可要多花成一趟就要₤5.5, 非常不划算!
***記得這一張牡蠣卡₤5, 可以將₤5用完在加值, 跟我們的悠遊卡一樣.
****個人不推travelcard, 除非你享受一直在地下逛倫敦 >O<
建議到達一站後, 接下來用十一路公車逛整天, 隨處逛常會有意外不到的收穫, 柳暗花明又一村, 哪兒有帥哥就跟著走, 有其優美的風景, 哈哈哈
3. Transport for London| Tube http://www.tfl.gov.uk/
‘The ultimate website to use before heading out in London!’
There is a journey planner, type in the tube station *from and to, **arriving time/departing time, and there’ll be details showing you what time the tube would come, and how to transfer within other lines. Most important is the services within line.
這一個網站很實用, 旅行倫敦時一定要加它的app, 或是每一天出發前上網到journey planner, 規劃*出發及抵達站和**想要出發/抵達的時間, 此會顯示如何到達地點/怎麼轉成及幾點有班次. 更重要的是還會顯示所有地鐵線的營運狀況.
a. Journey Planner 規劃路線圖
b. Service Update 所有地鐵線營運狀況
# as you can see “Overground Line” is part suspended 可見Overground線有部分無法行駛
4. The Oldest Underground
Hello World!!! Thanks to UK in bringing all these industrial machinery.
As London is the oldest underground, there is no wifi or any mobile signals underground. Since the last terrorist attack bomb London by using mobile/internet in Metropolitan Line (the line I go and by London everyday)
Starting 2012 summer, there is wifi underground, however isn’t stable and only surf during stops, hopefully its good to go now J. For me….I think it isn’t safe as there is no signals underground, as if I wanna call out for help, no one could save me.
However, I realized something very special….everyone is reading!!!
Yup, everyone on the tube would always be immersing in reading something on their own or the METRO, London Underground free newspaper handing out every morning & evening.
倫敦地鐵是全世界最古老的地鐵, 而這古老地鐵在地下時沒有手機訊號更不用說網路. 聽說是因為前幾年倫敦地鐵爆炸案, 嫌犯就是用手機啟動, 因此而禁止.
但是從2012年暑假開始, 倫敦地鐵底下是有網路噢, 只是很不穩, 只有在到站的時候才可以搜尋得到, 但是也斷的很快. 本人很怕死, 所以覺得在地下沒有網路或是手機訊號很沒有安全感 (看了過多的CSI的結果), 我想到時候就看哪一位帥個就撲上下了吧, 哈哈哈.
由於沒有網路沒有低頭族, 大家都浸陷書中, 或是倫敦地鐵免費報METRO, 早晚都會出刊.
5. Colourful Cars 彩色車廂
You’ll always know if you are on the wrong line when traveling in London, as each line represents a colours, so does the car!(check the line & colour above of the map) When you realize the car you are in, isn’t the colour line you are riding for, hop off!
*Piccadilly Line as you can see is blue! Piccadilly線是藍線, 所以座椅都是藍色的.
**It’s grey and blue, an intersection of Piccadilly Line + Jubilee Line. 灰+藍, 所以這一條是Piccadilly線+Jubilee線的十字交會口
***Central Line (Red) + Northern Line (Black). Central線(紅色)與Northern線(黑色)
6. Mind the Gap 請小心縫口
A voice always reminding us when getting on/off the tube “Mind the Gap.”
I never knew why, until one day I saw a big GAP when getting off the tube and almost fell right into a hole…..yup..Mind the Gap!!!
耳熟能詳的“Mind the Gap”, 看到門一打開瞬間眼前那大溝,尤其坐第一節或最後一節車廂最明顯, 可知道為什麼要小心了!
Ciao ciao, to be continued for next British episode oh