How Do Oyster Cards Work

Is it cheaper to use an Oyster card or contactless?

Otherwise an Oyster on a Pay As You Go basis or a Contactless payment card is cheaper. If you are a resident or long-term visitor there are monthly and annual Travelcards. You can load 7 day Travelcards onto an Oyster card and switch between Oyster Pay As You Go and Travelcard as your travel patterns change.

Do Oyster cards save you money?

Oyster does save people a lot of money, but it saves them on buying single tickets *each journey*. If you’re travelling about all day, a 1 day paper travelcard still represents the best value for money alongside Oyster which “caps” at the same price as a travelcard.

How much does Oyster card cost?

Where do I buy a Visitor Oyster card? Buy a Visitor Oyster card before you visit London and get it delivered to your home address. A card costs £5 (non-refundable) plus postage. You can choose how much credit to add to your card.

How does the Oyster system work?

An Oyster card is a smart card that you add money to, so you can pay as you go. You can pay as you go to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, most TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line and Thames Clippers River Bus services. You can also travel on most National Rail services in London and some outside London.

What is the daily cap on Oyster card?

Price caps for Oyster & contactless card payments, compared to Travelcard prices Zones Oyster daily cap 7-day cap** Zone 1-3 £8.70 £43.50 Zone 1-4 £10.60 £53.20 Zone 1-5 £12.70 £63.30 Zone 1-6 £13.50 £67.70.

Do you have to tap your Oyster card when getting off a bus?

Like a Visitor Oyster card or Oyster card, you need to touch your contactless payment card on the yellow card reader when you start and end your journey on Tube, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services. You only need to touch your card on the reader at the start of your journey on a bus or tram.

What are the benefits of having an Oyster card?

The advantages of an Oyster card are that you can top up your credit online and add an electronic 7 Day Travelcard onto the card. You can also get an Oyster card before you arrive in London if you live in the UK. If you do not live in the UK, you can still get an Oyster card but only when you arrive in London.

Is Oyster card free?

If you’re 60 or over and live in a London borough, you can get free travel on our transport services with an Oyster photocard.Travel on National Rail. Service Between Thameslink West Hampstead Thameslink, Elephant & Castle and London Bridge.

Is Oyster cheaper than train ticket?

Re: Which is the cheapest – travelcard,oyster or rail ticket? For an adult (no concessions applicable), using oyster within the london zones area is always the cheapest. The fares are deliberately set this way.

How do I save money on my Oyster card?

6 really useful Oyster card hacks to save you a fortune on London Underground travel Get a student Oyster card. Look into bus passes and season tickets. Know when you cap. Avoid peak times and certain zones. Use your contactless card. Get a Railcard and link it with your Oyster.

How much is a 7 day Oyster card?

Purchasing the London Pass + Travel option will allow you to discover over 80 attractions, plus enjoy unlimited travel on a Visitor Oyster card for the duration of your pass.London Pass + Travel prices. Product Price 7-Day Adult Pass + Travel £214.00 7-Day Child Pass + Travel £138.00 10-Day Adult Pass + Travel £224.00.

Do you get charged for Travelling through Zone 1?

Travelling via zone 1 You need to pay the fare for all zones you travel through, not the zones of the stations you enter and exit.

Are Oyster cards cheaper?

The Oyster Card is a magnetic rechargeable plastic card valid for all of London’s public transport. It not only simplifies the payment system, but it is also cheaper than paying for a single journey ticket every time you ride the Underground, bus, DLR or Overground.

How long does it take for an Oyster card to arrive?

We’ll post your 16+ Zip Oyster photocard to you within one week of applying. You apply online and need to provide: Active email address.

Does an Oyster card expire?

The pay as you go credit on your Visitor Oyster card never expires so you can keep your card until your next visit, or lend it to family and friends.

Is Oyster card only for London?

Oyster cards are only useable within the TFL zones and down to Gatwick. No Oyster Card is a London specific product and can only be used on National Rail services in the Greater London area plus a few specific routes outside.

Are Oyster cards being phased out?

“There will always be customers, such as children or those who need to manage their finances more carefully, who will benefit from the card.” However, TfL has no plans phase the Oyster card out.

Can you top up an Oyster card with any amount?

You can top it up by any amount in cash at a ticket machine (although it won’t give change on London Underground machines, so you need the correct amount of cash). With cards you have to top up by set amounts: £5/£10 etc. At ticket offices there’s a £5 minimum top-up for normal Oyster cards. Thanks for all that.

What happens if you touch in and out at the same station?

Tapping in and out at the same station is pricey. If you tap in at a station, you can’t pass your oyster card back to your mate behind, the system won’t accept two consecutive tap ins. However, it WILL accept them if the two are broken up by a tap out.

How do I check my Oyster balance?

Yes, you can download ths TFL oyster and contactless app or register your oyster card online and check there. When you are at the tube station go to a ticket machine with the Oyster symbol (big yellow disc). Press next customer , then hold your Oyster card against the big yellow disc. It will show your balance.