Have you ever been to the UK? Is London on your wish-list of dream destinations? It was on mine before I moved there 7 years ago, where my life-changing journey began and years before I met Daniel. When I arrived I was amazed! Everything was exactly as my friends and family had said, but one thing surprised me most; though it is a very big metropolis and one of the busiest cities in the world, their public transport amenities are incredible. From bus services to overground, trains to underground lines that transport millions of people a day.
I spent 4 years living in London and during that time I used public transport on a daily basis and I couldn’t believe how quickly and efficiently I got where I needed to be. Just like we gave you tips on how to see as much of Amsterdam as you can now we want to make it easier for you while in London.
So what is it? What’s the secret of a quick there and back in and around London? The answer is easy – OYSTER CARD! So no matter if you are moving to UK, or just visiting, you can make your stay easier with this card. You also have another option as of 2018 – touch in and out with your contactless debit card.
But let me explain how an Oyster card works; how and where you can use it, its advantages, to help make your London stay easier with regard to getting around.
The card works as an electronic contactless ticket for public transport of all sorts in Greater London. Basically, Greater London is a region in the UK split into 9 travel zones plus an extra zone where special fares apply, but where you can still use your Oyster card.
To be honest, in case you are just visiting the place I would recommend buying a Visitor Oyster card because it is more cost effective and it has the following benefits:
The card costs only £5 + postage – activation fee and the amount of credit is fully up to you. The maximum price you can top up your Visitor Oyster card with is £50 and the total price including the activation fee for the card with £50 credit costs £55. You can buy a Visitor Oyster card through a travel agency, or ideally through the visitor shop or at Gatwick Airport.
Definitely YES, in fact we use our Oyster cards on a regular basis while in London. Unlike Visitor Oyster cards, normal Oyster cards has some additional benefits:
London, or rather Greater London, is split into 9 zones and different fares apply in different zones. The cost per journey, for either a Visitor Oyster card or normal Oyster card, varies depending on the time of day you take your journey and which zone you travel to or from or within. More information about the Zones, along with maps for Tube, Overground are in this official Transport for London (TfL) link here.
Yes, you can so every time you visit London you are ready to get from A to B!
All you need to do now… is visit London 🙂