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
Saves you a bundle
Member Name: iMarques
Advantages: Cheaper than cash
Disadvantages: Causes confusion
An innovative card which is available to use all around the UK's capital city. The Oyster Card is well worth having, even if you are just visiting London for a few days. It saves a bundle load of money on nearly any journey made in the capital via bus, tram, tube, DLR, Overground and since 2010 National Rail services. For example, to travel by bus with cash is £2 but with the Oyster Card you save 80p. Plus for under 16s and 16 - 18 year olds in education travel for free on buses and the Croydon tramlink.
Unfortunatley, Oyster has a number of drawbacks. To replace the card is expensive, usually around £10, and TFL customer services are terrible. Plus, when making journeys across London - but purposly avoiding Zone 1 to save money - Oyster charges you for travelling into zone 1 despite your avoidance of the area. This is because of a lack of route validators at stations. You have to extra careful to be chrged the correct fare, and for tourists this could be very confusing.
Summary: If you live ion London it's a life saver, otherwise not much use for it