Top Ten Tube Travel Tips

The unoffical guide to using the London Underground


Tip 08: Offer to help, you'll get down faster

Top Tube Travel Tip eight diagram, showing people watching others struggling to get down the stairs while carrying heavy boxes

Up to this point most of the tips have been mainly aimed at tube novices. Most seasoned tube users should know all of the first seven tips, even if they don't follow them. But this tip is mainly aimed at those frequent tubers, those people who seem to think that they are too important and travel too often to consider following this tip. You're not.

If you see someone struggling down the stairs, escalators, etc with a large bag or a pram offer to help. They'll get down faster, and so will you.

So many people just stand behind these slow movers, mumbling under their breath about how inconsiderate they are for being born. Just give them a hand! It'll work out better for all concerned, and you can tick off a "good deed" for the day.

(NB - anyone who is the slow mover struggling with a pram or bag, see Tip 07: Don't just stand there and don't make your volunteer helper regret giving you a hand. Also, while we're on the subject, a thank you would be nice too.)

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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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