Different ways to get around London
Each year millions of people travel to London to explore the number one tourist destination in the UK, and for good reason. Whether you are going to watch a show in the West End, see the historic sights or are starting a new job, there is plenty to see and do and plenty of ways to get around.
Oyster cards are just one of the ways to get around in London, and the best part is that getting one only costs £5 (which is refundable). They can be used on the National Rail services, London Overground, the Underground, buses, Docklands Light Railway and Tramlink services.
They are also remarkably simple to use. Simply top up a card with the amount that you require, and then touch the card on the yellow Oyster touch pads at the barriers at the start and end of your journey.
Children under 15 can travel for free on Overground, Underground and DLR, providing they are travelling with an adult who holds a valid ticket or has an Oyster photocard with them. Children between 16 and 17 can apply for a 16+ Oyster photocard in order to get a reduced child rate.
For those of you who are fully up to date with technology and own a contactless credit/debit card, you can use it to ride the bus, tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London. It is secure and easy to use: simply touch your card to the yellow Oyster validators at the start and end of your journey. Make sure that you keep your cards separately when using the Oyster validators, to avoid any confusion between cards.
The price of travelling with contactless is cheaper than paying with cash, and normally costs about the same as an adult-rate Oyster pay as you go fare. This makes it a great alternative to Oyster and paper tickets. Remember that if you travel with a contactless card, you must have the card available for inspection if asked by a member of staff.
Travelcards cover you for unlimited travel on National Rail, London Overground, the Underground, buses, Docklands Light Railway and Tramlink services within London Zones 1-6, meaning that travelling around London is a doddle.
If you are travelling from outside London Zones 1-6, you can add a Day Travelcard to an Anytime, Off-peak or Super Off-peak Day Return ticket and save yourself money on buying separate Day Return and Travelcard tickets.