The London Underground system is called the Tube' and is a convenient means of transportation in and around central London. The London Underground is often called the 'Tube' because of the shape of the tunnels. The London Underground is one of the oldest in the world, having opened in 1863. When the Central Line railway opened in 1900, it was called the 'twopenny tube'. Since then, the nickname has persisted. As for public transport, London's extensive bus network is perfect for short trips. Bus fares are just £1.65 and you can see London's landmarks from the ground. The London Underground network is divided into nine zones. Central London is covered by Zone 1, and the suburbs are covered by Zones 6 to 9. There are 11 underground lines, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground, Elizabeth Line and National Rail. Subway fares vary depending on distance traveled, time of day, single ticket or card. Oyster cards and contactless payments are the cheapest ways to pay for subway fares. The metro generally operates from 5am to midnight, with slightly shorter hours on Sundays. Some lines have night subway services on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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