Why is the London Underground so expensive

Six euros for the “Tube” - London is becoming more and more expensive for tourists

You can definitely experience London as a tourist. Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Big Ben - none of them are too far apart. But for those who have difficulty walking or do not like to walk, a visit to one of the most expensive cities in the world can now become even more expensive. Since the turn of the year, new tariffs have been in effect on the London Underground. For a single trip, the normal price is now four pounds - the equivalent of 5.92 euros. This means that the “Tube” is no longer just the oldest, but also the most expensive underground train in the world.

For tourists who have to watch their money, this is reason enough to actually walk more. "We're boycotting it and walking between the sights," says 40-year-old Jutta Wiesner from Emden, who is on a city trip with her partner for two days. After the visit to Buckingham Palace, the march to the Tower Bridge is on her program - a tight one and a half hours. For most of the other visitors this is too much for all the annoyance about the hefty prices.

London is already an expensive place to be

In any case, the vast majority of London holidaymakers are aware that the British capital is an expensive place to be. In the meantime, you can also get to the island cheaply by low-cost airlines. But then ... the train ride from Stansted Airport to the city center alone, for example, costs £ 25.50 (around 38 euros). And those who have arrived have to spend a lot of money in the hotel, restaurant and many sights.

Entry to St Paul's Cathedral costs an adult, for example, 9.50 pounds (around 14.30 euros), the tower 15 pounds (around 22.50 euros) and the wax museum of “Madame Tussauds” even 25 pounds (around 37.50 euros). Nevertheless, the attraction of the British metropolis for German visitors is unbroken. In 2005 just under 1.3 million came. For the year that has just started, the “Visit London” tourist office expects another increase in visitor numbers.

A "day ticket" is almost always worthwhile

In view of the already high prices, many tourists also accept the increased subway tariffs without much excitement. "We already knew that London was expensive," says Dominik Siebertz (25) from near Cologne. “I paid 5.70 pounds (around 8.50 euros) for my day ticket. Day tickets are not much cheaper in major German cities either. ”However, not everyone knows that the“ Day Ticket ”is almost always worthwhile in London.

The 21-year-old Franca Kemmerer from near Frankfurt was quite surprised when she had to pay four pounds for the trip from Piccadilly Circus to Baker Street - two stops - after her arrival. “When I asked whether there wasn't a cheaper student tariff, I only earned a weary smile.” The business student bought a so-called Oyster Card for her semester in London.

And then there is the "Oyster Card"

The “oyster card”, with which the London public transport company intends to bind its customers, is also worthwhile for tourists. You have to pay a one-time deposit of three pounds for it before you can top up the card with any credit. The price for a one-way trip on the bus or subway then drops to less than half in some cases. The card can also be bought in Germany before departure (www.visitbritain.de).