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 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, but it doesn’t give you Pay as you go Oyster fare information.
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 be 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.
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