Students and travel
Our network offers a wide range of public transport services including:
- London Underground (Tube)
- London Buses
- London Overground (LO)
- Barclays Cycle Hire
- Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
- Thames River services
- Emirates Air Line
18+ Oyster and student discounts
Oyster is a smartcard you can use instead of paper tickets when travelling on the Tube, London Buses, DLR, London Overground, Tramlink and some National Rail routes in the city. You can buy a weekly or monthly season ticket to put on your card, or opt for pay as you go credit.
You can make great savings on your travel while studying in London. Just apply for an 18+ Student Oyster card to save 30% on adult rate travelcards, bus passes and tram passes.
If your Oyster becomes faulty or is lost or stolen, go to our lost, stolen or faulty page for more information.
Safer travel at night
Travelling in London at night is generally safe and we're working with the police, and other organisations, to make it even safer.
Only licensed taxis (cabs with an orange light displaying the word 'TAXI'), can pick up passengers on the street. You can also find taxis at designated taxi ranks.
If you're using a minicab, make sure it has been telephone booked through a licensed minicab firm.
Minicab drivers who pick up customers without a booking (ie on the street or outside pubs and clubs), are acting illegally and dangerously, even if they have a licence disc in their vehicle windscreen.
You can travel more safely by:
- Planning your journey in advance
- Travelling with others late at night
- Avoiding isolated areas
Download our free app
Downloading our free Cabwise app to book your nearest minicab or black taxi is simple. Just search the word 'Cabwise' in your device's app store or visit our Taxi and minicab apps page.
Cycle training is available in all boroughs to students who want to familiarise themselves with new surroundings, gain more confidence on the road, or just get back on a bike. Cycle training can also teach confident cyclists to be safe when riding on London's roads. Find out more about cycle training in the borough where you live, work or study.
For extra safety when cycling, you should:
- Wear brightly coloured clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night
- Avoid fines by ensuring that your bike is fitted with reflectors and lights
- Stop at red lights
- Remember that there are blind spots around large vehicles. 'Stay safe, stay back' and don't put yourself in danger
- Not wear head/earphones, or use a mobile phone while cycling
- Allow time for your journey
- Always signal clearly
Get more information on cycling safely around London.
Choose the best route and service for your journey by using the information from one of our up-to-the-minute online tools.
We have a range of maps for our services to help you get around. Either print the map you need or collect it from one of the stations around London.
This can show you the fastest route to your destination using any mode of transport. Any problems or delays with your chosen route will be highlighted so you can allow more time for your journey.
You can also go to live bus arrival information, enter your route number, postcode, area or street name, and receive upcoming departure times for the stop of your choice. This will reduce long periods of waiting for buses, particularly in the evening.
NightbusesFor help in finding your night bus home, call the 24-hour London Travel Information line on 0343 222 1234. Call charges to TfL lines vary, see TfL call charges for information.
Check out the latest transport updates on our twitter feeds.