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Tears of Frustration over London Transit Options

Old May 15th, 2008, 12:29 PM
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Thanks for the link for the bus route map. Unfortunately I'm already in London, and don't have easy access to a printer. So that was one reason to try to track down a printed bus route map in person.

We didn't realize ahead of time that so many of the places we would want to go to would be more easily accessible by bus than tube (the underground only goes so far in some cases, or requires more walking).

However, one of the greatest things has been the Journey Planner website by Transport for London:


If you type in the start and end points you can figure out the best way to get there. You can choose mode (i.e. bus, tube, rail, etc), and you can even specify if you're more interested in getting there faster, OR with less walking, OR with fewest transfers.

But we could not survive without the printed bus route map, especially when we're somewhere we didn't plan ahead of time, and need to at least have some idea which direction to head. Or when we're in the hotel room trying to plan for the following day. Our guide book will say take bus 11 or 14 or something, and at least with the map we can get a decent feel for our bearings.
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We are staying near the Marble Arch and I am interested in the Oxford trip. What is that bus website? What sites did you take in and suggestions for lunch?

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Joebear, the coach website is:

It runs 24 hours a day, several times an hour, between London and Oxford. Soooo easy. I think one of the London stops is near Marble Arch. There's a lot of coach services that leave from there.

Wander down by the river and watch some of the rowing teams if you can. I took in a touristy thing called "The Oxford Story". They have a HOHO tour bus, too, if I recall correctly. I believe it's Magdalen College that has the deer park. Carfax Tower will give you a view of the city.

I can't give you any recommendations on lunch. I know there's plenty of pubs, and a few by the river, too. I think it's the Eagle and Child that is the pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and their friends met to discuss their writing. I haven't been there. I guess that's on the list for next time!
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There are two bus companies between Oxford and London, both with silly names.

The Oxford Tube and Oxford Espress (yes, that's how it's spelt) are practically indistinguishable except they're different colours and shapes of buses and have different stopping points in London. They both go roughly every ten mins, 24 hours a day. Google them, go to their site and choose whichever has the more convenient London stop for you.
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Joebear, we enjoyed a tasty lunch at the Eagle and Child last year. It was a must stop for me as a Tolkien and Lewis fan.

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Please help!
My son is landing on Tuesday at Heathrow. He and his friends will be in London for 5 days. They would like to take advantage of the 2 for 1 offer. He will be staying in the City near Liverpool station. Where should they buy the paper travel cards? (I assume the 7 day card is the most practical.)
I called National Rail and they never even heard about this paper travel card for non train travel)
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