Why do you need to have Oyster Card when visiting the United Kingdom?
Find out all the information you need about Oyster Card here!
Oyster Card was introduced 11 years ago by Transport for London (TFL) and currently over 80% of Londoners are using this electronic ticket to pay their public transport costs. TFL is offering many benefits to Oyster Card holders.
For most of the tourists, the best and more suitable type is Pay as you go, as they are not staying for long and normally less than 7 days.
Different types of Oyster card:
A part from pay as you go card, the weekly, Monthly and yearly are the other available options to purchase and of course when you pay for the longer time you will have more discounts.
To explain more let us give you an example. When you go to the ticket office at the station and ask for Oyster Card, A deposit of £5 is required, however when you don’t need the Oyster card, you can hand it back to any underground or British Rails office and have your £5 deposit back.
Let’s say that you top up your Oyster Card for £10. When you start using your the Card, each time you will be a charge for a single journey, However charging will stop after reaches the daily price. The daily charges are not the same for the different zones. Just check out the below table to see the prices.
Soon after the arrival in London most of the travellers realise that they need to buy the Oyster Card to make their travel easier and cheaper.
Why should one use an Oyster Card in London? What are the benefits?
While other visitors to London have to wait in a queue with their luggage, an Oyster Card holder is ready to travel easily by public transport. Most importantly they will travel at a cheaper rate than those who prefer cash payment. For example, a tube journey in central London costs £4.70 with cash, it only requires £2.20 with the card. Thus Oyster Card holders can save more than double for their travelling. In addition, there is provision for discount and concession for the children and students. At the time some leading restaurants and shops used to give exclusive offer and discount for the Card holders. Another benefit of having the Cards is if you register the card online in case of lost or stolen you can stop the card and transfer the balance into a new card. The Cards are easy to top up in over 2200 newsagent shops and every TFL offices allocated in Undergrounds or British Rails.
Where can one use an Oyster Card?
The Card holders can use their card while travelling in London underground network, the London red local bus network, the railway network in Greater London, Docklands Light Railway and Overground Railway. Moreover, 33% discount is offered for the Oyster Card holders for many scheduled river services. However, Oyster Card holders cannot use Oyster on the Heathrow Express train and the train that communicates the Heathrow Connect train between Heathrow and Hayes.
There are many places in London from where one can buy an Oyster Card. Many Oyster Ticket Stops all over London in neighbourhood stores offer this facility. However, the most convenient place to buy Oyster Cards for visitors is Underground Station ticket offices by paying cash or via the credit card. The process is easy and the transaction only takes 1 minute or less. Moreover, it is easy to manage the card via online and the person will be delivered it to the home address.
If anyone buys an Oyster Card in London, he may get a standard Card and for those who want to buy it from outside of London or via online can get a Visitor Oyster Card. There is nothing significant differences between them. Visitor Card holders have to pay a non-refundable activation fee. On the other hand, those who buy the card in London can receive the deposit amount back when they surrender the card. The Card holders can use it in two ways. Firstly, they can use the card “pay as you go” mode. The card holders have to top up the cards with some specific amounts and the required amount is deducted automatically from the card . Secondly, they can use it for a specific duration (for one week, or one month) and can enjoy unlimited travel within this time.