Getting Around on the Metro: Local metro systems are a fast, convenient and inexpensive way to navigate any large European city. Metro system maps are readily available – in paper form, on phone apps, and typically displayed in every metro station and train compartment.
First, look at the map or ask someone to determine which line will take where you want to go. Then look for the final destination on that same line in the same direction you’re going. That final destination is what you’ll use to determine the proper metro train to board. For example, if you’re trying to go from Tower Hill to Victoria Station in London, you can take either the Circle Line or the District Line. If you take the Circle Line, you want to get on a train that shows Edgware Road as the final destination then get off at the Victoria Station stop.
OK I’m here, now what?: After you get to your destination city, how do you get to your hotel? You have several options that vary by city, but generally the options boil down to these three:
1) Take a train or the metro:Almost every major airport in Europe has a very conveniently located train or metro station, often within the airport compound itself. This is true at Heathrow, in Frankfurt, in Paris, in Rome, in Madrid, etc. And in every case, it’s going to be cheaper to take a train or the metro to the city center, and then make your way to your hotel from there.
2) Take a specialize train/metro:Many airports/cities offer specialized rail service to take you from the airport to the city center. For example, if flying into London Heathrow you’ll want to take the Heathrow Express train from inside Heathrow to Paddington Station (departures every 15 minutes). Or if flying into Rome, take the Leonardo Express between the airport and Rome Termini (departures every 15-30 minutes). Airport express trains are hands down the best approach for convenience and if you’re trying to watch your vacation budget.
3) Take a taxi:The most expensive and probably least challenging approach. Definitely the easiest way to go if money is no object.
Finally, as you would in any major U.S. city, be aware of your surroundings and keep valuables close at hand.