I commuted on London’s new $25 billion rail line. It cost me $3, got me to work 20 minutes earlier, and transformed my course.

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An Insider reporter took the brand new Elizabeth Line railway to work one morning in London.Transport for London/Kate Duffy/Initiate

  • The Elizabeth Line is London’s newest railway offering a different travel option for commuters.

  • Commuting on the Elizabeth line in the morning cut my commute by 20 minutes and cost the same as my normal commute.

  • However, the train took me away from the office compared to my usual route.

The Elizabeth line is London’s newest attraction. The 60-mile-long railway opened to the public on May 24 after taking 23 years to build and costing $25 billion.

Elisabeth line train.

Elisabeth line train.Transport for London

I decided to take the Elizabeth line to work on Wednesday morning to see if it would make any difference to my 50 minute journey from West to East London. I left around 7:05

Elizabeth Line in London

Elizabeth Line in London.Kate Duffy/Insider

To get to the nearest Elizabeth line stop in Paddington, I had to take the 116 year old Bakerloo line for less than five minutes. It’s usually cramped, noisy and stuffy at this time of the morning.

Inside the Bakerloo line tube.

Inside the Bakerloo line tube.Kate Duffy/Insider

Source: London Transport Museum

At Paddington Station, I walked through a specially constructed passenger tunnel running between the Elizabeth line and the Bakerloo line. The tunnel cost £1m ($1.3m) per meter to build, Crossrail CEO Mark Wild previously said in March.

Elizabeth line tunnel at Paddington station

Elizabeth line tunnel at Paddington station.Kate Duffy/Insider

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Many Elizabeth Line stations have artistic ceilings inside. This one at Paddington Station is completely different from other stops I’ve visited on the line, such as Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street stations.

Escalators to the Elizabeth Line at Paddington Station.

Escalators to the Elizabeth Line at Paddington Station.Kate Duffy/Insider

The train was already waiting at the station when I arrived.

Elizabeth line at Paddington station.

Elizabeth line at Paddington station.Kate Duffy/Insider

There were clear announcements indicating when the train was due to depart and staff wearing high visibility jackets were on hand to assist passengers on their journey.

Elizabeth line at Paddington station.

Elizabeth line at Paddington station.Kate Duffy/Insider

Despite the rush hour, the platform was extremely quiet. The other stations I stop at on my regular journeys are usually packed with people, as the Tube is one of the most common ways to get to work in London.

Elizabeth line at Paddington station.

Elizabeth line at Paddington station.Kate Duffy/Insider

I took the Elizabeth line train at 7.13am and traveled there for three stops, passing Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon until I reached Liverpool Street on the other side of town.

Elisabeth line train.

Elisabeth line train.Kate Duffy/Insider

My usual route is to take three tube lines, including the Bakerloo, Hammersmith and City and Northern lines to reach Old Street station. It can take me around 45-50 minutes and costs me £2.60 ($3.26).

Elisabeth line train.

Elisabeth line train.Kate Duffy/Insider

There were plenty of free seats on the Elizabeth line train which were comfortable and clean compared to the three tube seats I take to work.

Seats on the Elizabeth line train.

Seats on the Elizabeth line train.Kate Duffy/Insider

The trip was smooth, spacious and quiet. I noticed that it was also very cool thanks to the air conditioning on board, which was refreshing during an early morning drive.

Elisabeth line train.

Elisabeth line train.Kate Duffy/Insider

The train seemed to stop for at least a minute at each station, making boarding and alighting stress-free.

Elisabeth line train.

Elisabeth line train.Kate Duffy/Insider

Wi-Fi was also available at every station during my ride, allowing me to browse social media and news before my work day started.

Elisabeth line train.

Elisabeth line train.Kate Duffy/Insider

I arrived at Liverpool Street around 7.22am but had to walk around 11 minutes to get to the office – longer than the train journey! The Elizabeth line didn’t drop me as close to my place of work as my usual route, which is a two minute walk from Old Street station to the office.

Elizabeth line at Liverpool Street station.

Elizabeth line at Liverpool Street station.Kate Duffy/Insider

After getting off the Elizabeth line train, I had to go up a huge escalator…

Escalators exiting the Elizabeth line at Liverpool Street station.

Escalators exiting the Elizabeth line at Liverpool Street station.Kate Duffy/Insider

… then another to get to ground level. The tunnels for the new railway are up to 40 meters underground, Wild previously said.

Escalators near the Elizabeth line at Liverpool Street station.

Escalators near the Elizabeth line at Liverpool Street station.Kate Duffy/Insider

My journey across London cut my journey time by 20 minutes, reduced the number of Tubes I have to take and cost me the same as my normal journey at £2.60 ($3.26 ). I will definitely consider taking the Elizabeth line for work in the future because it was so quick and hassle free.

Pay by card to exit the Elizabeth line.

Pay by card to exit the Elizabeth line.Kate Duffy/Insider

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