How to Survive Rush Hour on the London Underground

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Here is my "how to" guide for surviving rush hour on the London Underground.

1. The most obvious one: don't travel during peak hours (06:30 - 9:30 and 16:00 - 19:00) unless you absolutely have to. Ironic how we pay more to travel during peak hours when I'm paying to stand in a crowded corner of the tube carriage.

2. Plan. Make sure you know your journey route and plan an alternate route just in case.

3. Get there on the platform earlier than you would...because it's quite likely you won't be able to squeeze onto the first train if you're changing lines during peak times.

4. Carry the essentials with you. Bottle of water and hand sanitiser (kill those germs!)

5. Listen to music - shut your eyes and imagine you have lots of space around you.

6. Wear your most comfortable heeled shoes - this will increase your height giving you more space to breathe if you are unfortunate enough to stand for the whole of your journey.

7. Keep an eye on your belongings. Make sure your bags are zipped and possessions out of sight from pickpockets.

8. Escalators - stand on the right, walk on the left.

9. Know which side of the doors open for your station and stand on the correct side. This will save you from squeezing past 10249348 people.

10.  Know which carriage to get on - by this, I mean knowing which carriage doors open to give you the exit passage at your destination station.

Those are a few of my personal tips, have you got any to share? What are your experiences on the London Underground?


  1. I thought Shanghai subways are the worst!
    Haha, I can really relate to this coz I have almost same guidelines when taking Shanghai subway. music is a must and yes I believe that when youre on a higher elevation like when wearing high heels, you breathe better :)
    nice post hun! have a lovely weekend!

  2. So cute my dear, i like your post.
    It is really interesting.

  3. These are so handy, I think for every metro/subway/underground.

    xo Sootjeelina

  4. lovely blog.

  5. Oh gosh, hand sanitiser is SO important on the tube! I take it everywhere with me. Great tips! xo