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Travelling in London

Buses on Oxford Street
London is a big city and travelling is part of everyday life for its residents. Whether you’re heading to the RCM from your accommodation, going to meet friends or sightseeing, you want to know you can get where you need to be.

London has a wide range of travel options, including an excellent public transport network. London’s streets are well signposted and many people choose to make shorter journeys by foot or by bike.

Transport for London (TfL) is responsible for the local transport system. TfL controls the London Underground, which is also known as ‘the Tube’, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), the London Overground, London Buses and several other transport options. TfL operates a contactless pay-as-you-go scheme, which is cheaper than buying paper tickets on most services. The scheme works with contactless bank cards, Oyster Cards and NFC-enabled mobile phones.

An Oyster Card used for contactless travel payment

An Oyster Card, which can be used to pay for travel on TfL services

Cash is no longer accepted on London Buses. Only contactless forms of payment can be used to make journeys by bus.

Fares for travel by rail, Underground, DLR and Overground are split into zones. Zone 1 is in central London with higher numbered zones spreading out from the centre. The Royal College of Music is in Zone 1 and Prince Consort Village is in Zone 2.

TfL provides a helpful Journey Planner and a Fare Finder on its website. Other tools such as Google Maps and CityMapper, which use real-time data from TfL, are popular among Londoners.

We recommend that all students purchase an Oyster Card, which can be loaded with pay as you go credit and Travelcard credit. If you are studying on a course that lasts six months or longer you can apply for an 18+ Student Oyster Card, which offers further discounts on fares.

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Travellers on the London Underground at South Kensington Station

South Kensington station provides convenient connections to many parts of London

The Royal College of Music's location in South Kensington makes it easy to reach. Many local places of interest are within walking distance, however the area is well served by public transport. A large number of bus services and a busy Tube station provide easy access to most of London. 

How to get to the RCM