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Going to London - how does an Oyster card work?

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I am travelling to London on Sunday and returning on Monday. I am setting off from Amersham rail station and travelling around the city and returning to Amersham the next day. Do I buy an Oys… Read More
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
I am travelling to London on Sunday and returning on Monday.

I am setting off from Amersham rail station and travelling around the city and returning to Amersham the next day.

Do I buy an Oyster card or a standard one day travel card (twice)? I don't quite know the difference between the two systems.

Rep will be given for your help.
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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standard one day travel cards are paper tickets, Oyster cards are electronic ones

Oyster usually work out cheaper, so use one of those.
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You need to look here for full details:

https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/entry.do

But it will pay you to get a card, because bus and tube fares are much cheaper (£4 minimum tube fare cash, but £1.50 or £2 with the card, and 90p for a bus instead of £2) when you use an Oyster Card. It will cost you a £3 deposit, and you need to load cash onto the card in advance, but unless you're just planning the one trip to London it will be well worth your while. A lot more convenient, cheaper, and various other advantages too, as described on the website above.
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i visited london in june and bought an oyster card with £10 of credit on. I'm sure there is no expiry date on them so I have the card in my wallet ready for my next visit.

I'm sure once you reach the cost of a day travel ticket your oyster card stops charging you. also, single fares are cheaper with an oyster card compared to paying a single fare etc.

I bought mine from National Express coach station. It cost £12 of which £10 was credit.
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I've got a PAYG Oyster card - I bought it from a rail ticket office at Paddington, with credit charged to it at the same time I bought it. I also asked for the form to handle my account online, so I can top up the card via the internet prior to going to London (the form is not available for downloading & they won't send one out in the post, so get one while you're there:thumbsup:).

There's no expiry date on the card or the credit.

Just swipe your card at the start & the end of your journey - the computer works out how much to charge you, based on all your journeys for that day.
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Dont forget you can get your oyster deposit back from any underground stations: £3
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umanga
i visited london in june and bought an oyster card with £10 of credit on. I'm sure there is no expiry date on them so I have the card in my wallet ready for my next visit.

I'm sure once you reach the cost of a day travel ticket your oyster card stops charging you. also, single fares are cheaper with an oyster card compared to paying a single fare etc.

I bought mine from National Express coach station. It cost £12 of which £10 was credit.


Not using public transport much I had never made use of the Oyster Card until recently. Like you I assumed that card would stop taking credit when max daily fare had been reached. Imagine my surprise when after using for just one day and putting £10.00 on the oyster card I was left with just 0.11.
Something clearly did not work properly as I did not go to timbuctu and back. I would suggest that you do not charge card up with more than you expect should be max fare for the day cos then theiving card cant take more than it should. Wish I had just paid cash now.
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Theres loads of so called "faulty ones" from a batch get it reported and replaced

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