Greenwich is in Zone 2 of the London travel zones so it’s easy and quick to get here from other parts of the capital. But you can still make the journey part of your day out!
Take a Docklands Light Railway train from Bank to Cutty Sark station, for instance. It only takes about 20 minutes and, if you’re lucky, you can grab the front seat and pretend you’re the driver. There AREN’T any drivers on the DLR, it’s all automated, so you won’t have any competition. Go on, be a train driver – we all want to, however old we are.
Or take to the river and buccaneer your way to the home of time. There are three boat services that run from Westminster or Embankment piers down the river to Greenwich and they’re all fantastic trips. Take City Cruises, MBNA Thames Clippers or Thames River Services and glide past the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Greenwich appears off the starboard bow very shortly after that and the entire trip will take between 40 and 50 minutes – which you’ll wish was much longer!
Even the overground train is fun. It’s very quick – 10 minutes or so – and trains go from Cannon Street station in the City of London and from London Bridge. London Bridge station is being re-developed at the moment so it can get a bit crowded, but so does the rest of London. It’s exciting! Both stations are easy to get to on the Underground. Cannon Street is on the District and Circle lines and London Bridge is on the Northern and Jubilee lines. Oyster cards work on trains too, so there’s no need to get a special ticket.
And, of course, there’s the Underground, which runs rapidly and often to North Greenwich station on the Jubilee line. It takes about 20 minutes from Bond Street, for example, and you’ll emerge right next to The O2 arena and the Emirates Air Line on Greenwich Peninsula.
Don’t forget to get an Oyster card to use on all transport in London, including buses – you’ll even get a discount on your boat tickets. Be prepared and buy one in advance! You can see more details about getting to Greenwich on our How to get here page.