Something To Declare: London tube and bus fares; Avignon; Miami beach; 48 Hours in London

Warning of the week: Tube and bus fares to rise in London

From 2 January, bus, tube and tram fares in London will increase. For travellers, the cash price of a one-way ticket between the centre and Heathrow airport rises from £4 to £4.50.

Single fares for a short trip in Zone 1, the central area, remain at £4. Almost any visitor will be better off investing in a pay-as-you-go Oyster stored-value card, for example through the Transport for London online shop: www. bit.ly/OysterShop; prices start at £10 plus the £2 cost of the card. An Oyster card gives access to lower fares (£1.80 for a single journey off-peak, £2.30 peak). And the system is structured so that anyone making a number of journeys on the same day reaches a "cap" of £7.20 (or £5.60 for travel only off-peak).

From the new year, pay-as-you-go Oyster cards will also be valid on overground trains in the city and suburbs.

Finally, transport in London is free on New Year's Eve from 11.45pm until 4.30am.

Destination of the week: Avignon, next summer

Although drivers belonging to the Aslef union are striking this week in a row over meal allowances, Eurostar is immune to the kinds of disputes that plague aviation, involving parties such as cabin crew and air-traffic controllers. This is one reason for the popularity of the summer long-distance, high-speed train service (08432 186 186; eurostar.com) to Provence – terminating at Avignon Centre station – which goes on sale this Tuesday, 22 December.

On summer Saturdays from 10 July to 11 September, a train will run between London and Avignon Centre (very handy for the city itself, though a long way from Avignon TGV station, which is on the high-speed line with connections deeper into Provence and to the Côte d'Azur; a shuttle bus operates between the two stations every 20 minutes and takes around 10 minutes, fare €3.)

The journey from London St Pancras International takes just under six hours, and stops at Ashford International in both directions.

Prices start at £109 return in standard class and £249 return in "Leisure Select", the version of first class used on this service.

Connecting fares are available from 200 towns and cities across the UK, including Milton Keynes from £123 return, Derby from £129 return, and Peterborough from £130 return.

Bargain of the week: Designs on Miami Beach

Transatlantic fares for the next two weeks are astronomical, due to the uncertainties caused by the BA dispute. But if you can defer a flight to Miami until January you can expect low prices and sunny skies. The optimum weekend to be in town is 15-17 January, when the annual Art Deco festival takes place; www.bit.ly/ ArtDec for more details.

The 2010 theme is the car, and "the American spirit embodied in the open road". The lowest fares are on connecting flights – typically £400 return on Delta from Heathrow via New York JFK, or from Gatwick via Atlanta. Non-stop flights on Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow are currently around £440 if you travel midweek and stay over a Saturday night.

Tip of the week: 48 Hours in London

The capital is celebrated in the latest film in our city-break series, which premiers on Tuesday at 9pm on Travel Channel (available at Sky channel 251). The print version will appear here next Saturday, 26 December.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Senior Bid Writer

    £25000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in Manchester, Lon...

    Recruitment Genius: Membership Sales Advisor - OTE £20,000 Uncapped

    £15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Manager / Marketing Communications Manager

    £35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...

    Guru Careers: Membership Administrator

    £23K: Guru Careers: We're seeking an experienced Membership Administrator, to ...

    Day In a Page

    Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

    Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

    Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
    Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

    The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

    Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
    Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

    The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

    Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
    The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

    The future of songwriting

    How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
    William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

    Recognition at long last

    Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
    Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

    Beating obesity

    The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
    9 best women's festival waterproofs

    Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

    These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
    Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

    Wiggins worried

    Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
    Liverpool close in on Milner signing

    Liverpool close in on Milner signing

    Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
    On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

    On your feet!

    Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
    With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

    The big NHS question

    Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
    Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

    Thongs ain't what they used to be

    Big knickers are back
    Thurston Moore interview

    Thurston Moore interview

    On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
    In full bloom

    In full bloom

    Floral print womenswear
    From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

    From leading man to Elephant Man

    Bradley Cooper is terrific