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Getting around London
The underground, more commonly known as the tube, is one of the most popular ways of getting around. You need to keep your ticket until the end of your journey as you will need it to get through the ticket barriers at the exit. On the escalators, unless you are going to walk up them quickly, you should stand on the right-hand side to leave room for passengers who are in a hurry. Mind the gap is the warning issued to passengers where there is a large gap between the carriage and the platform.
Bus travel is a good way of getting around town when you are sightseeing. If the bus stop sign is white, buses will always stop there. If the sign is red, you have to hold out your hand to flag the bus down.
Public transport in Great Britain
Britain has an extensive rail network throughout the country. Coaches are slower than the train but offer a cheaper option.
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