Newest Review: ... blindingly obvious so I'll put this as simply as I can: London transport's Oyster Card system is simply fantastic. It looks like a cre... more
Member Name: hunnybabyuk
Advantages: Cheaper fares, simpler quicker travel
Oyster is the best way to get around Central London, it's a smarcard which is a bit like a debit card which allows you to pay for your journey without queueing to buy a paper ticket or making sure you have change for the machine.
The card, as I said, work's a bit like a debit card as you can use it to pay-as-you-go, simply load it with money by using the Oyster website or larger ticket machines or visiting a travel centre or Oyster agent, so it's very easy to add money onto the card, you can top-up a maximum of £90 onto the card at any one time and if you worry you'll run out of credit, you can setup a direct debit to automatically top up the card when it reaches a certain amount for example when you get down to only having £5 left on the card you can set it up so when that happens a direct debit is taken for an extra £10 to top up your Oyster balance to £15. This makes it very easy for passengers to make sure their card is always topped up & never again will you need to worry about being left stranded without cash to get you somewhere. Alternatively you can add travelcards onto the card.
It's easy to use and it can be used on most transport within London including the tube. tram, DLR, buses, London Overground & some National Rail services, its very simple to use, on buses you just touch in at the start of your journey on the bright yellow panel on the bus, and on all other forms of transport touch in at the start of your journey on the platform or at ticket barriers then touch out at the end of the journey too, that's all you need to do, it's so simple you don't need to be technilogical. The money will be then be deducted from the card balance for your journey or the machine will see you have a travelcard on the card.
Another great thing about Oyster is that fare's are cheaper than paper ones, this is great as it's more economical then paper tickets and it also saves so much time, I can now walk straight through the station passing the huge queues for the ticket machines and go straight to the train or tube or dlr, at the same time I am saving money.
Would recommend Oyster Card to ANYBODY locals or visitors, and I am looking forward to the North East doing a similar product soon too, makes life so much easier.
Summary: The World (Well London) Is Your Oyster, Oyster is the best way to get around Central London