Getting around London: alternatives to public transport

If you’d prefer to explore London at your own pace, in your time, there are plenty of alternatives to travelling by London public transport . Create your own personal tour of the capital by foot, bike, car or jump into London’s world famous black cabs for a true taste of London.

By foot

It’s the easiest way to get your bearings in London. Go at your own pace, stop and admire the sights and sounds. Grab a coffee down Marylebone High Street, explore Camden market or walk through Hyde Park – experience London your way.

By bike

London is a cycle-friendly city with cycle routes and even cycle superhighways popping up across the capital making it an environmentally friendly and very convenient way to explore. A cycle route map of London will help you find the quickest, easiest and safest way to see the sights.

Santander Cycles is the easiest way to hire bikes and really affordable if you’re taking short journeys around London. You’ll find bikes docked at most train and underground stations to hire from just £2 a day.  Simply go to any docking station with your bank card and touch the screen to get started. No need to book, just hire the bike and return it to any docking station. It’s a healthy way to see a lot of London in a little time.

Remember, if you’re bringing your own bike, our Premier Inn hotels are cycle friendly and you’re welcome to bring them into your room.

By taxi

London black cabs and their drivers, London cabbies, are a charming part of London life. They’re licensed cabs and the only ones we’d recommend you use. Simply hail one (a green light tells you it’s available) from the side of the road and enjoy some banter with the driver. There are a couple of apps – Uber and Hailo – that will help you track down a black cab if you can’t see one. 

Hop On, Hop Off: Guided Bus Tours

If you want to make sure get to all the London sights during your stay, a guided bus tour in perfect. Hop off take a look around and hop on and journey on to the next destination. From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus to Regents Park you won’t miss a thing. Most of the tours have translated guides so you can follow London’s history as you go and include free Thames river cruise and walking tours. The Original Tour and Big Bus Tours are two companies to look out for – and you could save money if you book in advance. 

By car

With sat nav to guide you, driving around London is the easy alternative to taking a bus or the underground – especially if the weather’s cold or wet. There is a Congestion Charge in place in the charging zone. A charge of £11.50 a day is in place between 07.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday. Before you bring your car in, see how to pay the Congestion Charge and check out where you can park.