TOP TIPS FOR EASY TRAVEL AROUND LONDON

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.

WHAT IS AN OYSTER CARD?

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:

  • It is cheaper than buying a single ticket
  • You can save time because you have it ready before visiting London as the card is pre-loaded with credit
  • If you save some money on your Visitor Oyster card you can use it when you come back to London again because your stored CREDIT NEVER EXPIRES!
  • This card enables you to enjoy discounts in restaurants, cafes, museums and attractions you may want to visit

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND WHERE CAN I BUY IT?

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.

I AM MOVING TO LONDON CAN I GET A NORMAL OYSTER CARD?

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:

  • You can register it online and create an account to top it up via a mobile app
  • Once registered you can track your travel history and your payments
  • Report a lost or stolen card to prevent any credit misuse
  • Apply for refunds or replacements
  • To get one you need to pay a deposit of £5 but if you never use it again or you are not planning to visit London any time soon you can return it and get your deposit back

WHERE CAN I BUY IT?

  1. Online with an Oyster account
  2. At any Tube or TfL station
  3. A few National Rail Station or DLR
  4. At Visitor centre

TRAVEL ZONES AND USAGE

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.

WHEN DO PEAK AND OFF-PEAK FARES APPLY?

  • Peak fares – Monday to Friday (except public holidays) from 06:30 till 09:30, and from 16:00 till 19:00
  • Off-peak fares – at all other times (except any route within Zone 1 between 16:00 and 19:00, Monday to Friday)

I LIVE ABROAD, CAN I KEEP MY OYSTER CARD?

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 🙂

Hi guys! We are Milica and Daniel or Millie and Dan, a happy couple with Slovak-Australian origins that love to travel. But not just randomly! We explore to show other couples how to spend good times together and experience some of the best times wining, dining and enjoying places. Does it sound good to you? Read more and get inspired! Read our story here >>
Comments

Add a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Vaše osobní údaje budou použity pouze pro účely zpracování tohoto komentáře.