London 'easiest for travel', survey says

Clapham Junction station London was voted the easiest European city to get around but the most overpriced

London is the easiest European city to get around but the most overpriced, according to a survey of travellers.

The UK capital was also voted the most exciting city in Europe and the second least-friendly, in the poll by travel advice firm TripAdvisor.

Birmingham was voted the most boring and least romantic European city.

London TravelWatch said the city was still hit by congestion and disruption on the Tube upgrades but admitted the city's transport had improved recently.

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma O'Boyle said: "It's encouraging for everyone involved in London's tourism industry that, despite the concerns around cost, the city is regarded by European travellers as a vibrant and accessible destination."

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London TravelWatch spokeswoman Jo deBank said: "London has become a lot better to navigate around in the last few years as signage has improved things immensely.

"However, one of the problems London is facing is the massive Tube upgrades programme, which has been problematic and disruptive.

"Meanwhile, congestion in the capital is an ongoing problem and passengers are concerned about bus fares going up too much."

The results were based on responses from 3,523 European travellers, including 778 Britons.

A Transport for London spokesperson said: "Our staff work around the clock to provide Londoners and visitors with the quick, easy and reliable network they expect from a world-leading city.

"This includes running one of the most extensive bus services in the world carrying a record 2.3 billion passengers last year, tackling disruption caused by roadworks and undertaking the biggest upgrade programme in the Tube's 148-year history whilst simultaneously carrying more passengers than ever before - over 1.1 billion last year."

Paris was voted as Europe's most overrated city and having the least-friendly locals in Europe, Venice was voted the most romantic and Zurich, the cleanest while Stockholm was declared the safest.

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