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    Hi
    Does anyone know if I can buy an oyster card from a shop or somewhere I can get hold of it immediately? A few years ago I ordered one online which I didn't use for very long and then lost it. I need to use it Monday so I can't wait for a delivery I need to get it instantly so I thought they might be sold somewhere nearby.?
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    Cant answer where - but you can use contactless cards too on London public transport at the same cost as Oyster if you have one?

    They are £3.00 (that is credited to the card account) at London Underground stations, or the other outlets summarised at the dedicated "buying tickets" page of the Transport for London web site:

    [ tfl.gov.uk/far…ets ]

    The oyster site is down for the weekend due to "essential maintenance" - but should be back online on monday.
    Edited by: "PD101" 29th Nov 2014

    Go to a shop that has oyster card top up (corner shop).

    A card is £5 and is then required to put on credit to use the bus/train.

    Bought one the other day to replace a lost pay as you go oyster.

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    deviouspaul

    Cant answer where - but you can use contactless cards too on London … Cant answer where - but you can use contactless cards too on London public transport at the same cost as Oyster if you have one?



    That's interesting. I have a contactless card but I've never used this function nor do I understand how it works.

    Banned

    Tap your card on the reader instead of an Oyster card. Touch in on buses and trams; touch in and out on the Tube and commuter rail services. In other words, just like Oyster. Fare capping works with contactless debit and credit cards much the same way as Oyster. About the only thing you really need Oyster for anymore is if you have a Travelcard to apply.

    (Also works at retailers who have contactless-capable card terminals.)

    Typically there's a per-transaction limit (often about £20) to the charge permitted.

    I still use my Oyster card as I already had one (well, three) and would rather use a pay-as-you-go card than a payment card linked to a credit account or to my bank account. But my contactless debit card is a perfect backup (as it was on this past Friday) when I forget to carry my Oyster card.


    Edited by: "Scarpage" 30th Nov 2014

    You can just go to any underground stations and purchase one from the counter, I think you will have to add some credit as well, but when I purhcased it, it was £5 for the card alone. It'll be ready to use instantly

    chocolategirl

    That's interesting. I have a contactless card but I've never used this … That's interesting. I have a contactless card but I've never used this function nor do I understand how it works.



    me OH used the mastercard contactless for the first time on friday instead of oyster card and it works exactly the same. may have to touch a few times the first touch but then fine.

    charges to contactless card but costs are same as that charged to oyster. no need to buy oyster card any more.

    fanpages

    They are £3.00 (that is credited to the card account) at London … They are £3.00 (that is credited to the card account) at London Underground stations, or the other outlets summarised at the dedicated "buying tickets" page of the Transport for London web site:[ http://www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/buying-tickets ]

    kos1c

    Go to a shop that has oyster card top up (corner shop). A card is £5 and … Go to a shop that has oyster card top up (corner shop). A card is £5 and is then required to put on credit to use the bus/train. Bought one the other day to replace a lost pay as you go oyster.



    [ tfl.gov.uk/tra…ard ]
    ---
    Buy a Visitor Oyster card

    A Visitor Oyster card costs £3 (non-refundable) plus postage and is pre-loaded with pay as you go credit for you to spend on travel. You can choose how much credit to add to your card: £10, £15, £20, £25, £30, £35, £40 or £50.

    Your card will be posted to your home address. UK delivery typically takes 2-4 days, overseas delivery 8-14 days.
    ---

    fanpages

    They are £3.00 (that is credited to the card account) at London … They are £3.00 (that is credited to the card account) at London Underground stations, or the other outlets summarised at the dedicated "buying tickets" page of the Transport for London web site:[ http://www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/buying-tickets ]

    kos1c

    Go to a shop that has oyster card top up (corner shop). A card is £5 and … Go to a shop that has oyster card top up (corner shop). A card is £5 and is then required to put on credit to use the bus/train. Bought one the other day to replace a lost pay as you go oyster.



    This isn't what I mentioned above. If you go into a corner shop in London that has a ouster card top up sign in the window or a sign above the store. You can purchase an oyster card then and there on the spot for £5, no need to go online and order one.

    Also, some train stations sell them to.

    kos1c

    This isn't what I mentioned above. If you go into a corner shop in London … This isn't what I mentioned above. If you go into a corner shop in London that has a ouster card top up sign in the window or a sign above the store. You can purchase an oyster card then and there on the spot for £5, no need to go online and order one.Also, some train stations sell them to.



    Yes, I know.

    I have paid £3.00 at various tube stations for the few cards I have used.

    I have never had the need to "go online & order one" either.

    Just agreeing with some of the other posters here, a contactless card works the same way as an Oyster. But if you really want an Oyster, many newsagents/convenience stores/stations in London sell them for £5 (that's classed as a refundable deposit, you'll need to top-up for travelling). You don't need any ID or a photocard or anything (although it has been a long time since i got mine). My advice would be to just use a contactless card - but be very careful to always touch in and out. And as another poster mentioned, it does seems to take a few goes with some contactless cards the first time you use them, had to tap mine three times before the gate opened.
    Edited by: "dealpickle" 1st Dec 2014
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