All you need to know about Oyster Card

What is an Oyster card?

It is a credit card-sized transport card to be used to electronically pay on public transportation in London. 

Where can I use it?

An Oyster card can be used on just about every form of transport within London including public bus, tram, and rail services within the city without buying individual tickets. 

Why Should I buy it?

For the sake of saving your cost and convenience! It will make your travel cheaper than purchasing every time individual ticket. Check out my blog, how much I saved with it. It will save both your time and money.

And you will be amazed to know that these cards have a capping system, meaning the maximum amount to be charged on a daily basis is fixed for different zones and if you exceed that amount in one day, you will travel for the rest of the day for free. Remember, it is on a daily basis.

For e.g, you are traveling on 2nd July if the maximum limit of traveling charge from zone 1 to zone 2 is £ 6.40 and if you have already paid this let say till 11 am then if you will not charge more till 12 am. I hope you got it.

How to get it?

You can get it online. It is available for shipping worldwide. One can consider London Pass too, as it offers access to 80+ major attractions and museums of London,

What is London Pass now?

It is an option available to you to add to your Oyster card, giving you free access to the majority of attractions. You need to add credit depending on the length of London pass you choose.

 

How to use an Oyster Card?

One can use it within London

  • Buses (Hop On Hop Off
  • Trams
  • Underground Tube
  • Docklands Light Railways (DLR)
  • TfL Rail services
  • London Overground services
  • All suburban national service 
  • Thames Clipper River Bus services
  • Emirates AirLine cable car services
  • You can use it Heathrow Airport terminals

Where I cannot use it then?

  • East Midlands Trains
  • Grand Central
  • Hull Trains
  • Virgin trains or Virgin Trains East coast services
  • Rail or bus service outside London

How to use it?

  • It is very easy to use
  • The transport that accepts Oyster cards has a large circular yellow reader that needs your card to just touch on them.
  • On the tube station, this card reader control gate.

Is there any refund?

  • Whatever unused credit left on your card, it could be get back 
  • Let me tell you, they are to be treated like cash.

Who can help me if I have an issue?

  • You can check their website
  • Ask a staff member at the London transport station or ticketing office.
  • Can call at London hotline +44 343 222 1234 (Fees applicable for calls)
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