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An oyster card or a travel card?

By Traveller June 16, 2017
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An oyster card or a travel card?

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By An Inactive User Traveller June 16, 2017

Hello,
I will be going to London in August and I've been looking up on how to travel as cheap as possible. I will be there for 12 days so I'll be using the Tube every day for more than once.
I've been reading and there seem to be 2 types of cards available: the Oyster card and the travel card. Which one do you think is more convenient for my situation?
Thank you all!

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Get the oyster card. The day travel cards are 12.50 per day between zone 1-6 and they expire at 4:30 am irrespective of when you buy it.
A
Traveller July 28, 2017
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Dear Kev,

thank you so much for your help.
Love,
A
Hi Andrea,

I hope you have a great time in London.

Oyster cards are plastic cards, travel cards are paper tickets. However, they essentially do the same thing.

I'd advise you to buy an oyster card, which is about £3.50. I imagine you'll be travelling a lot, so it's worth buying a weekly 'travel card' on the oyster card. This way you make one payment and travel as much as you like.

However, it depends where you'll be staying as to which zones you'll need. Zone 1 is central London, Zone 2 is further out, Zone 3 even further etc etc. If you are staying in Zone 3, for example, you should get a Zone 1-3 weekly travel card (on an oyster).

Staff at the station will help you with this.

Hope that helps,

Kev
Local June 18, 2017
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Dear Kev,

thank you so much for your help.
Love,
A