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mainly aimed at people going to and from Ruislip!
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and you should always plan your own journey, page written Spring 2012.) Add a tip.
Please be aware London Buses do NOT take cash AT ALL. You can only pay by Oyster Card or Contactless Payment Card, where the actual fare is the same no matter which card you elect to use.
Even if you are only coming to London (Ruislip) for a day if you plan to use public transport get an Oyster Card, without one, and paying cash, you get ripped off.
You can get one sent to you if you do not have one, start at this page.
Once you have your Oyster Card set it to top up automatically so you never have to worry about not having a ticket ever again. It is a pain to set up in the first place, but worth sticking at it. You can set this up at this page but BE WARNED it HAS to be first used at a nominated STATION (not on a bus) and you have to give notice of your journey. By example you can not decide today to make a journey and set up auto top up for today as well.
Alternatively make sure you have a contactless payment card of some sort and use that. It is the same fare as Oyster.
The Metropolitan line station at Northwick Park is only 600 yards from the London Underground/Overground Station at Kenton (and 114 bus stops). Exit the station turn right, first left, and at the end of the road turn right and you are there.
If you need to change between the Metropolitan line and Jubilee Line do this at Finchley Road, no steps and just across the platform.
Changing from Jubilee to Bakerloo lines
is much easier at Baker Street as they're on the same level (Stanmore and Harrow
platforms on the same level as are the Stratford and Elephant & Castle
If you are coming in to Baker Street from Paddington direction on the Circle/Hammersmith and City lines and intend to change to the Metropolitan line there is a poorly signed passage that links through to platforms 1 & 2 where most trains towards Uxbridge depart from.
The Piccadilly line from Ruislip towards London takes forever, avoid it unless you are actually going to a station before it gets to say Hammersmith, other lines and a change, could well be quicker.
If you are at Baker Street and want to go to Uxbridge get ANY "Fast" train to Harrow on the Hill and change there, it could pass an Uxbridge train on the way.
Get your timings right and The Chiltern Line in to London is faster than most, but it drops you at Marylebone. It is, however, only 500 yards to Baker Street station (out and left, then right when you come to a T junction). Oyster fares apply as far as West Ruislip on the Chiltern Line.
Unusual alternatives - you may have to get your timings right!!
To get from Ruislip (Central Line) to Paddington Main Line (from) from South or West Ruislip you could get the Chiltern Line to Marylebone and the Bakerloo Line to Paddington.
To get to Euston main line get the tube to Northwick Park, walk around to Kenton Station and get the London Overground to Euston, it drops you in the heart of the station. Alternatively get the 114 to Kenton from South Ruislip environs.
If you want to get the Piccadilly line from Rayners Lane and live in Northwood /Northwood Hills get the 282 bus to Eastcote. Saves loads of stairs.
Victoria Coach station is quite a hike from the Underground station. Two options are available, enter the main line station from the tube and bear right towards the platforms set back on the right. There you will see escalators going up to a shopping arcade. Go up them and walk through the arcade. At the exit you will find the worlds shortest down escalator to the exit. Cross the road and walk through the next shopping arcade (handy if its wet) and cross at the lights as you exit the arcade OR (and maybe to avoid stairs) get the Oxford Tube from Hillingdon Station, fare £4 (2012).
For the Thameslink line (for Luton Airport etc) go to Finchley Road (at the front of a train so near steps) and change to Jubilee line to go back one station (at the front - i.e. opposite end - of the train so nearer the exit) to West Hampstead. It is a short walk to the West Hampstead Thameslink station... shorter now than it was before because the station entrance has moved.
For Gatwick get yourself to
Farringdon on the Metropolitan line and change there for First Capital Connect
trains which run around every 15 mins. Journey time about 45 minutes to Gatwick
For Heathrow a 140 bus from South Harrow will take you straight there (Terminals 1,2,3) BUT be warned as it takes over an hour (!) but is a cheap and "entertaining" journey. Alternatively get yourself to Uxbridge and get the A10 bus, but from Ruislip Station this tube/bus option takes just UNDER an hour. You CAN get the A3 bus from the same stop, but it takes longer.
Again for Heathrow, taking the Tube all the way with a change at Acton Town (and all the stairs that involves) takes about 1 hour 10 mins. If your luggage is really heavy try going to Hammersmith Tube and using the lifts to change back to the other direction on the Piccadilly line there, but add 40 mins to your journey time at least.
For Terminals 4 and 5 whilst there is a free shuttle bus from Terminals 1,2,3 (where the bus station is) the tube is best to get to the airport. National Rail run trains from Victoria but they are expensive and NOT covered under Oyster.
There is no night bus service to Ruislip other than on Friday and Saturday when the 114 runs.
Other nearby buses that run all night are:-
140 to South Harrow (Runs from from Wealdstone area, via central Harrow to Heathrow)
N7 to Northolt Station from Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus
Oxford Tube to Hillingdon from Victoria, Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate and Shepherds Bush
A number of "Normal" bus services run out of Ruislip up until 00.30 or 1.00 hours on weekdays. Check with TFL
There is no night tube at
weekends to Ruislip. Get the Jubilee Line to Queensbury and a 114
bus from there. It will take a fair old while to get home mind!
There is something called Out of Station
Interchange (OSI) which applies to pay as you go Oyster cards. It means that you
can exit certain stations and enter another one within a set time and your trip
will be considered one single trip.
This little gem was sent to Ruislip Online, and is repeated here as it is such a lovely little tale. The name of the writer has not been shown, for no real reason........
The service was originally operated by Elms Coaches of Kenton following London Transport's
I drove part-time for each of these operators over several years and have fond memories of the route. Particularly one snowy Saturday afternoon when my bus couldn't manage to make it up Bridge Street in Pinner. I popped into the Police Station and about half a dozen very willing coppers ran out and pushed the bus over the brow of the hill near the old Langham cinema. I suppose one would be lucky to find the Police Station open these days never mind coppers inside it! Bernard Cheek used to run Elmtree having separated from his father's business when the old man retired to Dartmouth.