London Life

The Joys of Public Transport

Public transport, or as an old manager of mine once called it ‘pubic transport’. It is generally something the majority of us have to deal with on a daily basis, but in London it seems to be more intense than anywhere else.

Can we all please take a moment to firstly appreciate how much the commute sucks? Why is she coughing? Why does he have to sneeze? Why are you eating your breakfast granola bar so damn loudly? It is all so very irritating, and pretty repulsive (Mr Loud Chewer, I am looking at you).

bus cable car city downtown
All aboard?

All I think about is how much the train full of people must love their jobs and I wonder what they do that is so fantastic, because I honestly cannot face it. I did it once. For three months. Commuting from rural Surrey into London Bridge for an internship. It took me just shy of two hours from door to door and that is if there were no delays or strikes. After that, I got a job 15 minutes from my house where my commute consisted solely of walking through the park; a lovely grassy, green area with loads of dogs out for morning walkies! It was brill. More recently I packed myself on to a crowded London bus and waited patiently for it to trundle the three miles to my office, a journey that would usually only take ten minutes without traffic, but now frequently took 45!

I hated that job so the bus ride actually became my favourite part of the day – after all you literally find such a diverse array of life on a London bus it is genuinely surprising that Attenborough hasn’t filmed a wildlife special on-board!

As I’m writing this, I am  perched in a coffee shop having just ‘commuted’ with Lutfan the Loud Eater, Lucy the Lost Lady (she mentioned her destination at least 20 times to her husband) and Steven the Sneezer. I’m interviewing today for a new job (which  I of course I ended up not getting) so wanted to make sure I was nice an early – giving plenty of time in the event of cows on the train tracks, melting train lines because EEEK it’s 21 degrees again or the plain old fashioned delay due to lack of train crew!

What bothers you most about commuting or even just taking public transport in general? Is it as bad where you live as it is in London?

38 thoughts on “The Joys of Public Transport”

  1. Hahaha pubic transport LOL. My pet peeves are when someone opens their legs so big as I’m sitting down beside them, and also when someone smells really strong of perfume and I feel like I’m choking from the ‘stench’ lol.

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  2. URGH! That seriously sucks. Manspreading is such a pain – like *eyeroll* you don’t need to spread out that much, dude! I don’t mind the perfume as long as it isn’t one of those ones that smells really cheap and makes me sneeze loads lol. I really hate when there is a spare seat by the window and someone sits in the aisle seat and nobody can get to the seat next to them! #rude

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  3. Once I start reading your blog I can’t stop until I finish it and THAT is quality.
    And yeah I don’t like busses but sometimes they are alright if it’s a posh bus 😃

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  4. Haha I so agree. Sometimes sadly you don’t have a choice but to commute but I would definitely avoid it like you if I could! The thing I hate the most is when someone eats an orange because the entire section of the train will smell like it for 2 hrs and I hate that smell!

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  5. I’m lucky enough to be able to walk to work, I specifically chose my apartment because of it (obviously the price was important as well :D). One thing that I both love and hate about public transportation is people who talk loudly in the phone, sometimes it’s annoying because I want to be in silence, other times it’s funny because the conversation shouldn’t be happening on the bus! I remember when someone was talking on the phone so loud but was saying “don’t comment with anyone but…”

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    1. I used to love walking to work! Loud phone calls are so annoying aren’t they, especially in otherwise silence! That’s hilarious (and terrible). I remember a lady having a full on debate with I assume her partner about how they had taken too many drugs AGAIN! Crazy…

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  6. Totally feel everything you have said with this post! Unfortunately for me I have no choice but to experience the joys of the tube at rush hour on a daily basis. Its my personal hell, and this summer has made it even worse with the heat. At least I know it’s not just me that doesn’t like it!

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    1. I don’t know anyone that likes it 🤣 I know I wouldn’t be able to take it! I love London but the commutes…no.no.no 😭 They really need to do something about the temperature on the tube before 2030!!

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    1. 😭 I don’t take it daily because I know that I wouldn’t be able to do it. I love London so much but the commuting may kill me. I can go 30 mins on a bus at a push. The tubes …..arghhhh 😫 I’m glad you related to my post xx

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    1. Awww that sounds like a nightmare! My bus ride to collage used to take an hour and I thought that was long! Now, my limit in London is about 30 mins on a bus and maybe 20 on a train with A/C. Zero mins on the tube!! 😫 I’m glad you related to my post. X

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  7. God bless London! I luckily only have a short bus commute right now, and it never seems to be that busy which is a blessing early on a Monday. I’m not looking forward to the day (hopefully soon) when I’ll have to start commuting into London! Packed, hot trains early in the morning? Not for me.

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

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    1. Oh no! That won’t be fun at all but hopefully your job will make it worth it? 🙂 I had to take the bus this morning and it wasn’t too bad because of the summer holidays but still full! (Nobody too annoying luckily!) Thank you for reading – I’m glad you can relate! Good luck with your job! (And commute) x

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  8. Dublin gets semi reliable public transport, but if like me, you live anywhere else in the country it’s appalling. I’ve had buses be almost an hour late, or not show up at all and then the driver’s have the nerve to also be really rude on top off it! I have to be at the bus stop and hour before a class, even though college is a 10 minute drive, just because they don’t follow the time table and show up when they feel like it, and I’ve still even been late then.

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    1. Oh no! That sounds so terrible 😞 I’m glad in London there’s usually lots of buses but before I moved here my town sounds similar to where you are! No schedule, rude drivers and just doing what they like! My journey to college was always unpredictable because of the buses and there’s only one an hour or something crazy! I’m glad here they’re every ten minutes but the people on them still annoy me haha! Thank you for reading 🙂

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  9. Using public transport just ruined my pleasure of waiting/having patience – waiting for the bus to arrive, waiting for the destination to arrive after that, missed busses. Now I am restless for everything!😂

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    1. 😂 For everything! Some transport makes a complete joke of us though doesn’t it? The waiting can be crazy especially at busy times and then when you’ve waited, you don’t even get to sit down for the journey! 😞

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      1. The last part is so true haha!
        I remember once I couldn’t find a place to sit and I almost hit face flat on the bus’s windshield when it took a hard brake- which went a bit in slow-mo as well. it was embarrassing, but ill admit, hilarious (seeing the laugh on my friend’s face who was with me and lucky enough not to have such a dramatic incident)

        Thank you for sharing, really lifted my mood 😀

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    1. Yeah making up stories about them is the only way to pass the time (hence my goofy character names)…I went to college in your neck of the woods (Newcastle) and I remember the buses there being worse than the London ones at least for timings!

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  10. Joy???
    Public transport—- the world’s way if telling you to work from home….I’m from “up north”… Where a 4 mile trip takes 45 mins cos we have to visit every country lane and village.
    Woe betide you if you need a bus on a Sunday….nope….no service.
    And sneezers…just DON’T

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  11. Ah public transport. I live in Durham whilst I’m at uni, and my parents are back in rural Cumbria – trying to get between the two is absolute chaos! The journey is 50 miles and regularly takes over 3 hours if I use the trains, theres a good reason I’m taking my car to uni next year. Thankfully the city is so small that once I get to uni I rarely have to use any transport other than my feet.

    -pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com xo

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    1. No way! I grew up in Durham and spent two years getting to Newcastle for college! The town where I went to school has no buses on Sundays! That’s a crazy concept living in London now! I like how we can always walk around Durham because it’s such a compact city! I hope you like it there x

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  12. In my country, first off the bus is usually late. Sometimes people want to spread there legs wide open, with you sitting next to them, like could you close your legs? Last one, persons who comes in the bus with strong perfumes.

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    1. Haha these are really good points and all terrible on buses! I really hate when people sit at an aisle seat and don’t move along so people can’t sit down without asking then when they ask, people are made to feel dumb! Perfume doesn’t bother me too much unless it makes me sneeze! 😖

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