Top Ten Tube Travel Tips

The unoffical guide to using the London Underground


Tip 05: Stand on the right please

Top Tube Travel Tip five diagram, showing people standing across the full width of the escalators, getting in the way of other passengers

The escalators. One of the most useful inventions used on the tube (after the trains themselves of course).

On the London Underground these escalators, these moving steps, these exercise saving devices mostly come in groups of two or more. Generally, one down and one up.

In between these pairs of moving stairs, there are regularly spaced signs that simply state, "Keep to the right".

It's a simple message, straightforward to follow and yet frequently ignored.

There's a good reason for following its advice though. If you don't and you insist on standing on the left, perhaps to talk to your travelling companion, you will be shoved, bumped, knocked, coughed at (a favourite of tube travellers who'd like to get your attention without the trouble of speaking), tutted at and even on rare occasion asked to move.

Even worse than those offenders who stand to the left are those that stand to the right and leave their luggage on the left. Just don't do it.

About Top Ten Tube Travel Tips

All too often using the London Underground Tube system proves to be a frustraighting experience, both for seasoned users and new users alike (ironically the frustraition of the seasoned users is usually caused by the new users and vice versa).

This website was created to let new users in on some of the unwritten rules of travelling by tube (and to gently remind any seasoned users who care to listen that these rules should still apply to them too)

Admittedly most of the tips seem like common sense, but then it would also seem that most tube users are lacking in this department. Hence the site, the tips, and the hope that you will pay heed to what is written here.

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