Save with Oyster Card and Travelcard in London

It does not matter if you come to London for the first time or visit the capital often. In any case, the smart card Oyster - the easiest way to pay for public transport.

1. How to use Oyster, Visitor Oyster card, Travelcard and contactless card. All of them are very simple to use. Just touch the yellow reader card at the entrance and exit. This guarantees you payment at the right rate. If you do not fulfill this condition, you may be fined. In buses and trams you need to touch the yellow reader only at the beginning of the trip. One-day Travelcards are paper tickets that can be used in the metro, buses, trams, trains, DLR and London Overground. However Travelcards are invalid on water transport.

2. Why you should buy Visitor Oyster card. Visitor Oyster card is the most profitable way of paying for travel in public transport. Thanks to this card, you: save time: the card will be ready by the time you arrive in London; save when buying: it is 50% cheaper than a paper Travelcard; save on travel: the card provides a limit on daily transportation costs. Having reached the limit, you no longer pay for travel on that day; enjoy special offers and promotions in leading restaurants, shops and entertainment venues in London, and get discounts on the Emirates Air Line cable car.

3. Where you can buy Visitor Oyster card. Buy Visitor Oyster card before coming to London - and it will be delivered to your home. The card costs £ 5, and you still need to pay for shipping. The amount of credit on the card depends on your choice. If you are going to London for two days, we recommend starting at £20.

4. Is it possible to pay for the Visitor Oyster card with different currency? If you want, you can pay for Visitor Oyster card with another currency.

5. How to replenish Visitor Oyster card. If you have run out of credit, you can recharge the card in: subway ticket machines, DLR, London Overground and at some railway stations; newspaper kiosks and small shops all over London; TfL visitor centers; London Overground ticket offices; Emirates Air Line terminals.

6. What is the difference between Oyster and Visitor Oyster card? Oyster performs the same functions as Visitor Oyster card, but does not participate in special offers and promotions.

7. What is the difference between Oyster and Travelcard? A one-day Travelcard is a paper ticket that allows you to travel as much as you want, but only for one day. You can purchase a one-day card for: zones 1-4 (for these zones only Anytime Day Travelcards are available); zones 1-6; zones 1-9; zones 1-9, including Watford Junction. Seven-Day Travelcard is only available on Oyster card – it is not paper tickets. You must buy an Oyster card and upload a seven-day Travelcard to it.

8. What is the difference between an Oyster card and a contactless card? Contactless payment cards are debit, credit or prepaid cards that can be used for fast, easy and secure daily payments of £30. Such card does not require a PIN or a signature. Just touch the yellow reader at the beginning and the end of the journey. The main advantages of contactless cards: the loan will not end; if you use the same card for all trips, you will pay the minimum price.

9. What card to purchase. It all depends on how long you plan to stay in London and how often you will use public transport. If you intend to make from two to four trips a day for several days or go to the outskirts of the city, the cheapest will be travels with Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card and contactless payment card. And if you want to come for a week or more, and travel only in Central London, a seven-day Travelcard will do.

10. What discounts and benefits can you expect? Show your Visitor Oyster card in a museum, theater, restaurant, bar or other place to get a discount or a compliment from a cook or barman. And remember that children use public transport for free.

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