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Date updated: 18/05/2022

Make the most out of your commute with these ideas for how to raise a #SquareSmile on your journey.

The Commuter Club Podcasts

Explore the City before you get into work and brighten your day with The Commuter Club, an exclusive selection of podcasts, playlists and stories, curated especially for Londoners. Each week, the commuter club will focus on a different corner of London through music, interviews and features. Check The Commuter Club website for more information.

Travel by train with Southeastern

Get into the heart of the city with Southeastern trains, operating services from London, Kent and East Sussex, including the UK’s first domestic high speed service. Southeastern operates services to and from key London terminals including London Bridge, St Pancras International, London Charing Cross, London Victoria, Waterloo East and Cannon Street, making it easy to reach the Square Mile.

For those heading into the city for work, there’s a wide range of tickets to suit different commutes whether you’re travelling five days a week or working more flexibly. Season Tickets include Annual, Monthly, Weekly or Flexi offering great value when travelling regularly. Southeastern have a handy Season Ticket Calculator which will show the best value ticket for your journey. There are also a range of smart tools available to Southeastern passengers to help with their journey, from the Southeastern app with live personalised travel information to SeatFinder enabling you to check how busy your train is.

For more information and to book tickets visit Southeastern Railway's website

Travel by train with Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia operates trains in the East of England to London. With free Wi-Fi, charging points and lots of seats, commuting in their new trains lets you claim your valuable ’me time’.

If you’re coming back to work in the Square Mile and not sure what ticket is best for you, check out their handy season ticket guide.

For travel information and booking train tickets, go to Greater Anglia’s website.

Sail into the City and soak up all the sights

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers calls at 23 piers across London, departing major piers every 10 – 20 minutes. These spacious high-speed catamarans whizz to the City via Blackfriars or Tower piers from Woolwich or Putney, either end of their route, in under an hour. Most vessels have a fully-licensed café bar on board too so you can perk up your morning with barista-made coffee, or unwind in the evening with something a little stronger! Perfect for working on the go, Wi-Fi is available at select piers and you’ll still receive mobile phone signal (including 4 or 5G) whilst you travel. There is a range of ticket types to suit, whether you’re hybrid working or going into the office every day. You’re also guaranteed a seat once on board and there's no getting caught in traffic, just plain sailing. Book your ticket via the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers website.  

In the City App

Download the In the City app and explore the City beyond the 9-5. There’s plenty to make you #SquareSmile. Exclusive offers and itineraries, hidden gems, independent businesses and events taking place across the City and beyond.

Barbican Library free eBooks

Why not use the time on your commute to read one of the 1000s of free eBooks Barbican Library hold in their collection, escape to another world or learn something new. Just download the free Libby app and away you go. eBooks and eLibrary - City of London

Transport for London (TfL) Travel advice

Wherever you’re going, the TFL network can be used safely. TFL continue to ensure that the public transport network is clean, safe and well-managed. An enhanced cleaning regime on London's transport network continues to make the network cleaner than ever. Trains and stations are cleaned with hospital-grade cleaning substances that kill viruses and bacteria on contact and provide ongoing protection. 

If you can, try travelling at quieter times and always check before you travel using the TfL Go app.

Visit TFL’s safer travel page for information and advice for getting around London. TfL has also prepared resources to support London’s employers in its travel guidance for businesses