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London Public Transport Journey Planner

These are the two best tools to plan a journey by public transport in London.


Citymapper is one of the best public transport planning tool for London.

It’s available online or as a free app for ios or android.

It gives you all the transport options from A to B. You can also either type in a start/end destination or select your route on a map.

The adult Pay as you go Oyster card fares for each are also shown, so it’s easy to find out the cheapest route.

Transport for London Journey Planner

The Transport for London’s online Journey Planner works out the quickest way to travel from A to B. It’s possible to choose bus/tube/train only routes. It also gives you the Pay as you go Oyster peak and off-peak fares.

They don’t have an app, but the website is mobile-friendly.

Do bear in mind that the default is the quickest route, which is not always the cheapest. For example, if you plan a journey to Heathrow Airport, under ‘Edit preferences’ deselect ‘National Rail’ to exclude the expensive Heathrow Express train.

The Tfl journey planner is much better than Citymapper for these two scenarios:

Early morning or late-night journeys

If you have to be somewhere at a specific time, especially if it’s in the morning or late at night, use the TfL Journey Planner instead of Citymapper.

Mobility issues

If you have mobility issues, you can narrow down your search options to find the best route with:

  • Escalators but not stairs
  • Stairs but not escalators
  • Step-free access to buses or underground trains
  • Step-free access to platforms

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