Ruislip Travel Tips
Travel Tips for Locals
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 platforms).
The following "west London" stations can be walked between in a matter of minutes.
White City and Wood Lane
Hangar Lane and Park Royal
Northwick Park and Kenton
Shepherds Bush Tube and London Overground stations (handy to get to Clapham Junction)
If you are coming in on mainline services from the east and heading for Liverpool Street and need to access the tube, if your train stops at Stratford change there as it is a much shorter walk and can be done step free with lifts.
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 from there.
(Check if travelling at the weekend as this service may not be operating Sat/Sun)
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 could be seen as 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!
To get OUT of Ruislip the last trains leave from Ruislip Station at 00.43 on Friday and Saturday and the Metropolitan Line connects at Wembley Park to the Jubilee 24 hour service and by changing to the Piccadilly Line at Rayners Lane you can connect to the 24 hour Piccadilly Line at Acton Town
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.
Euston Square and Warren Street/Euston
Changing between Hammersmith's 2 separate stations
Tower Hill and the DLR at Tower Gateway
White City and Wood Lane
Hangar Lane and Park Royal
Northwick Park and Kenton
Canary Wharf Tube to then use the DLR from Heron Quays
Marylebone (Chiltern Line) and Tube Stations.
It now seems to apply between West Ruislip and Ickenham (1,200 yards appx)
The Transport for London website has a page about their 'Travel Mentoring' service for people who have problems using public transport alone. On there too is the travel planner, with the 'advanced options' allowing you to plan journeys without having to use stairs, escalators etc:
Traveline has a similar page which also shows network rail and buses to allow longer journeys within the South of England to be planned:
Brief details are show below. Some of the web sites are very large!
Ruislip In Pictures
Main Ruislip site
Up to date information about Ruislip and the area. Plus sections with suggested walks and even why houses are so expensive. Not forgetting the spies and USAF South Ruislip, so some history too.
Ruislip's premier attraction and so important it gets a web site all to itself.
Everything from the history from years back to struggling to park today. It is all here.
Some classic pictures from years gone by.