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Free Oyster card offer Oyster pay as you go is now valid across the new London Overground network. Click below to receive your free Oyster card. Usually £3 refundable deposit Read More
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Oyster pay as you go is now valid across the new London Overground network. Click below to receive your free Oyster card.

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#1
Neat I was trying to find one of these free for my gf the other day :) cheers
#2
good deal.
I'm tempted to get this and get my £3 back on my current one. Its the only way i'm likely to see my £3 back!
suspended#3
Cheers for this OP :thumbsup:
#4
Thanks!, I Seen A Whole Bunch Of People Using These On The Tubes When I Was In London. They Work Out About The Same Cost Right? Or Is It A Per Journey Cost?
#5
ibullen9
Thanks!, I Seen A Whole Bunch Of People Using These On The Tubes When I Was In London. They Work Out About The Same Cost Right? Or Is It A Per Journey Cost?


MUCH cheaper to use than standard fares, but you do need to load it with cash.
#6
excellent thanks!
#7
Newbold
MUCH cheaper to use than standard fares, but you do need to load it with cash.

Fantastic thank you newbold, i am from Cornwall but i am going to London next month hopefully they will send me one of these badboys!
#8
thanks for this. i'm going to london in a few weeks with family... have never been before, so wondering if someone more savvy than myself knows whether my family and i need one of these cards each??
#9
ordered on as a spare in case i lose my current one!
#10
Great Deal,I would say everybody needs one to use the cheaper rate on the tube,we went recently and didn't know about the card and it cost us over £4 each one way whereas using the card I belive the trip would have been around £1.20 each,from what I understand you have to load the card and you can set up a direct debit if it falls below a certain limit,

Great Find :thumbsup: voted hot
#11
Mandatory London underground song postage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYVJSOFZxDE
#12
voted hot ordered one each for me and the wife
#13
greyskittles
thanks for this. i'm going to london in a few weeks with family... have never been before, so wondering if someone more savvy than myself knows whether my family and i need one of these cards each??


yes, you will need one of these each...maybe order one each as the terms and conditions state that it's one per person, not one per household, so that should be ok...

hot deal btw...heat and rep given! :thumbsup:
#14
So does the reference to the "London Overground" network mean these are now valid in exactly the same way that a Travelcard would be i.e. you can use it in any zone for any mode of transport and it will simply charge you for a Travelcard covering those Zones?

If not and you can still find yourself suddenly needing a ticket when a Travelcard Zones 1-x would have covered you, then I think there is still some way to go before Oyster cards are a must have.

Anyone know the situation on this?
#15
Top find, ordered one for me and the wife!:thumbsup:
#16
simon77
good deal.
I'm tempted to get this and get my £3 back on my current one. Its the only way i'm likely to see my £3 back!

When they had a similar promotion before I ordered one to be a spare (so I could have one with my train pass and one in my wallet). They canceled the order as it is one per person. Make sure you order in a different name.
#17
Top spot - thanks to the OP.

Hate this part of it though:

By completing and submitting this form you are authorising Transport for London, its subsidiaries and service providers, to use your personal details for the purposes of customer services and administration. Your personal information will be properly safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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#18
Thanks for this, been meaning to get one for a while
#19
greyskittles
thanks for this. i'm going to london in a few weeks with family... have never been before, so wondering if someone more savvy than myself knows whether my family and i need one of these cards each??


you need to card in and out on every journey so you need one each.
that's how it knows how far you've been because you could either go one stop, or out to heathrow or something!

as the other user said, it's one per person so it's no hardship.

definately worth it, and also good for the oyster offers for great deals, like half price wheel and dungeons.
#20
Does anyone on the forum use an oyster that is bought weekly for zones 1-4 or 1-6?

I need to ask a research related Q/favour! There is a reward for all participants (High street vouchers) :)
#21
Already got one of these, thanks though voted hot!
#22
wizball
So does the reference to the "London Overground" network mean these are now valid in exactly the same way that a Travelcard would be i.e. you can use it in any zone for any mode of transport and it will simply charge you for a Travelcard covering those Zones?

If not and you can still find yourself suddenly needing a ticket when a Travelcard Zones 1-x would have covered you, then I think there is still some way to go before Oyster cards are a must have.

Anyone know the situation on this?


London Overground are some former national rail lines which have been taken under the management of transport for london, they now enable you to use oyster prepay on them check here to see which lines you can use it on.

Currently it is only possible on a few national rail routes to use oyster pre pay, eventually there are plans for it to be rolled out on all routes.

It is possible to load weekly & monthly travelcards onto your oyster which are valid on all national rail routes in the zones that you select. Hope that helps :thumbsup:
#23
hairychad
you need to card in and out on every journey so you need one each.
that's how it knows how far you've been because you could either go one stop, or out to heathrow or something!

as the other user said, it's one per person so it's no hardship.

definately worth it, and also good for the oyster offers for great deals, like half price wheel and dungeons.



^Thanks a lot for the info.



Does anyone know what the likelihood of getting these by Friday is? :p Just realised it's this weekend we're going to London! Oh well, might come in handy in the future.

And also, if I end up having to buy four of these, how do you get your £3 refunded?
#24
Many thanks for this. Do I just create an online account and preload with cash and then I'm ready to go?
#25
greyskittles
^Does anyone know what the likelihood of getting these by Friday is? :p Just realised it's this weekend we're going to London! Oh well, might come in handy in the future.

And also, if I end up having to buy four of these, how do you get your £3 refunded?


I doubt you will get one by friday, last time I ordered one on the same deal it took a few weeks to turn up, you never kno tho.

If you order some when you get to london, I believe you just return the oyster card to any underground station ticket office and the should be able to refund you the the £3, there worth holding onto if you plan visiting london anytime in the the future.

Any balence you have on the card doesn't expire, even if you lose the card as long as you registered it, you can transfer the balence to a new card.
#26
Thanks for the info . . . :)
#27
LouG
London Overground are some former national rail lines which have been taken under the management of transport for london, they now enable you to use oyster prepay on them check here to see which lines you can use it on.

Currently it is only possible on a few national rail routes to use oyster pre pay, eventually there are plans for it to be rolled out on all routes.

It is possible to load weekly & monthly travelcards onto your oyster which are valid on all national rail routes in the zones that you select. Hope that helps :thumbsup:


Thanks for the info. I know I have got stung before cos of needing to use Silverlink (I think) to Homerton and beyond - but I see that has now been brought into the fold. For my occasional day/weekend trips I think travel card still works for now.

Cheers for your help, though!:)
#28
Nice one. Off to London in Jan so ordered one for wife, self and wean
:santa:
#29
[SIZE=2]When we go to London we normally buy a one day travelcard - for something like £5.10. We only use it for hopping on and off between sights. Christmas shopping and the like. [/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]Does the cost of an oyster card become greater than a one day travel card or is this better value ?[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]How many trips would you need to make (within zone 1 say), before the travel card is a better bet ?[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]We also tend to park near North Acton (zone 4 ?) and tube in on the Central Line to Tottenham Court Road - what is the 'oyster' cost for this trip ?[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]Seems a good deal, just need to know if the travel card is better value or not.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]Cheers[/SIZE]
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#30
Do I just create an online account and preload with cash and then I'm ready to go


When I got mine last year I had to fill in a form before I could use my online account, but I could only get the form from an underground station ticket office - not very useful if you live in Wales:-( I even phoned up & explained but was told that they don't send forms out through the post - the form wasn't available for download either.

Still, having got my PAYG card, & having filled in a form on my next visit to London, I can now top up my card via the internet - that way, if any of the family are going to London I can work out how many journeys they will be making then work out the cost then top up my card accordingly.

As others have said, though, you need one card per person. You just touch the card to the big yellow circle at the ticket barrier, then do the same again on the way out. And it's MUCH cheaper:thumbsup:
#31
shady
[SIZE=2]When we go to London we normally buy a one day travelcard - for something like £5.10. We only use it for hopping on and off between sights. Christmas shopping and the like. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Does the cost of an oyster card become greater than a one day travel card or is this better value ?[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]How many trips would you need to make (within zone 1 say), before the travel card is a better bet ?[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]We also tend to park near North Acton (zone 4 ?) and tube in on the Central Line to Tottenham Court Road - what is the 'oyster' cost for this trip ?[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Seems a good deal, just need to know if the travel card is better value or not.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Cheers[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]


The oyster is always capped at 50p below the equivilant paper travelcard, depending on where you travel it usually takes just over 3 single trips on tube to reach the cap.

In your case going traveling in zones 1-4 it would work out cheaper, just make sure that you touch in and touch out on each trip to make sure that you avoid any penalty fares. Hope that helps :thumbsup:
#32
shady
[SIZE=2]When we go to London we normally buy a one day travelcard - for something like £5.10. We only use it for hopping on and off between sights. Christmas shopping and the like. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Does the cost of an oyster card become greater than a one day travel card or is this better value ?[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]How many trips would you need to make (within zone 1 say), before the travel card is a better bet ?[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]We also tend to park near North Acton (zone 4 ?) and tube in on the Central Line to Tottenham Court Road - what is the 'oyster' cost for this trip ?[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Seems a good deal, just need to know if the travel card is better value or not.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Cheers[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]


The beauty of the oyster is that you just pay for what you use.

i've not used it much so i don't know the exact prices, but let me make some up for examples.

single zone 1 trip. normal cost = £4, oyster = £1.50
Day pass = £5.

obviously if you're doing more than one tube journey in a day you're better off with a day pass over 2 singles (£5 vs £8), but if you use an oyster then you're better off too (£3).

if you were to use 4 single journeys then the oyster cost above would mount up to £6, HOWEVER the oyster catches this and just charges you £5 and onwards.

this is similar for more zones too. I think it cost only £2 from zone 1 to heathrow, compared to something daft like £8!!


they can also be used on buses, bringing it down to £1 from about £2 or more.
Personally when in london i prefer to walk or use buses as you see more, but that's just me. not an option for more zones obviously.

without investigating, i don't know if an oyster day pass is cheaper than a standard daypass, but you arguably gain convenience.


Also, I don't top up online as you can only put in whole amounts. If you know exactly how much you will be spending on a day then it's worth using a machine at a station so you don't have a balance stranded on the card. It doesn't expire, and i'm sure you can get a refund if required, but it's just one less thing to think about.
#33
LouG
The oyster is always capped at 50p below the equivilant paper travelcard, depending on where you travel it usually takes just over 3 single trips on tube to reach the cap.

In your case going traveling in zones 1-4 it would work out cheaper, just make sure that you touch in and touch out on each trip to make sure that you avoid any penalty fares. Hope that helps :thumbsup:



damn - you beat me to it and used real numbers :whistling:
#34
heat and rep added, thankyou
#35
Quote: Usually £3 refundable deposit

How do you get the £3 refunded back if you have paid £3 for this previously?
#36
Animons
Quote:How do you get the £3 refunded back if you have paid £3 for this previously?


If you already have a registered oyster card which you want to return, you just take it back to a underground ticktet office and ask for your deposit to be refunded.
#37
woodyrocks
Does anyone on the forum use an oyster that is bought weekly for zones 1-4 or 1-6?


I use an oyster card with a weekly 1-6 travelcard on it.

What's the question?
#38
thanks for all info
#39
seems offer has ended now
#40
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