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
Your debit tube card.
Member Name: kama0529
Advantages: Easy to buy. Top card up online or at station. Reduced fares. Convenient.
I visit London twice a month and every time I go up I am almost definitely likely to use the tube. I used to get one day travel cards, until someone pointed out to me if I got a Oyster Card it was not only more convenient, but also that it was likely to save me money over time. I bought an Oyster Card and have now been using it for about the past three years without any problem - and I estimate it has probably saved me about £150 over that time!
The Oyster Card can be bought in main tube stations - but can be topped up in any tube station or online. The initial card costs £5 - which is a deposit and you'll get back should you turn it in and not want to use it any more. Then you put money onto your card and keep it topped up so that you don't have the inconvenience of having to stop to buy a card every time you want to travel. The credit you put on the card doesn't run out - and, as I said, you can top in online as well as at the station machines. If you register online, you can also make sure your card is protected if lost or stolen because if you report the card stolen then London Underground will cancel that card and put the existing credit onto a new card. You can also do it that your card is automatically topped up to a pre-determined amount regularly so that you don't even have to remember to do it. I usually try to keep my card topped up to about £15.00.
Using the Oyster Card is simple. As you go through the turnstyle at the tube station you simply swipe your card on entry and then again on exit. The amount you have used is then debited from the card. You can use it on buses and tubes - but I only ever use it on the tube. I have never had a problem with my card not working and so it seems like a very efficient system - and it saves you queuing at the ticket machines! It also reduces the cost of the journey as the tickets are at a reduced rate.
If you go to London regularly, I recommend getting an Oyster Card because it really is the most convenient way to pay for the tube - and it just takes a little bit of stress out of the journey.
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