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Travel in London

In this section you can find all you need to know about travelling into and around London and how to save money on travel.

For information on Travelcards, Oyster cards and Student Oyster cards, please visit the Student Funding Office pages. Student Oyster Cards entitle you to a 30 per cent discount on travel.

Transport for London

Visit Transport for London for everything you need to know about public transport in the city: maps, guides, London journey planner, schedules, route information and online tickets.

Free maps and guides are available at all London underground (tube) stations.  

London Underground (the tube)

The tube is the quickest and easiest way of travelling round London.

The tube usually closes between 00.00 and 01.00, earlier on Sundays.


Bus routes cover the entire city and are cheaper than the tube. To pay:

  • use your Oyster card (see below)
  • buy a ticket from the machines at bus stops
  • buy one-day and weekly bus passes from most newsagents.

Many buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Use journey planner to find your night bus home. 

Travelcards and Oyster cards

The smartest way to travel around London for your first week at King's is with a one week travelcard for the central zones 1 and 2 (out of 6), available from any tube station. All of King's residences and campuses are in zones 1 and 2.

Once you have enrolled at King's, you can apply for a Student Oyster card, which gives you a 30 per cent discount on travel.

Oyster is the reusable travel smartcard for London. It can be used as a travelcard or for pay as you go or a combination of both.

Travel safely at night

Always use a licensed taxi or a night bus. Never get into a private hire taxi that you have not booked in advance. Call 0871 871 8710 to book a taxi 24/7 or text ‘HOME’ to 60835 to get the numbers of two licensed taxi firms in the area you are texting from.

For information on getting between King's campuses, visit the Our Campuses section.  

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