Travel Card vs. Oyster Card??

2 of us will be traveling in London for about 9 days. We plan to use bus and Tube to get around. Is one of these cards (Oyster or Travecard)a better value, or smarter to use over the other?? Thank you!

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8724 posts

Karen will you be using the transport a lot or occasionally? Every day or will you be out of town some of the days? Will you be visiting fee paying attractions or mostly non fee paying museums? Do you both like the same things and will you visit them together? Are you staying in central London or out of town? Those will help with more accurate answer.

Posted by Karen
Dallas
17 posts

Thank you. We will be traveling together, and probably using transportation a lot. Will be seeing the main tourist things, and walking on our own, etc. Staying most of the time in central London, just one day trip outside London. Another to Greenwich. Will be staying (together)in 2 different hotels, in two differnt neighborhoods4 nights in one, 4 nights in the other. Ands, of course from and to the airport! Hope this helps with an answer! Thanks so much! Karen

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8724 posts

A good comparison page is at http://www.londontoolkit.com/briefing/travelcard_oyster.htm With 9 days, you might consider a week's train station issued paper Travelcard each so that you can take advantage of the Days Out 2 for 1 discounts. Greenwich is within zone 2 as are most normal tourist attractions - within zone 1 and zone 2. The narrowest Travelcard is for zones 1 and 2 so that is fine. Having an Oyster card with some credit on them for when you go beyond zone 2 and when your Travelcards have expired. Oyster cards are way easier as you just have to tap them. You don't have to remember to take the Travelcard out of the reader and keep the card from bending.

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1328 posts

Oyster cards are way easier as you just have to tap them. You don't have to remember to take the Travelcard out of the reader and keep the card from bending. thats what i like about using them. happy trails.

Posted by Nancy
London, UK
159 posts

I agree with Nigel but a reminder about using Oyster cards... ALWAYS touch in and out - even if the barriers are open.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8724 posts

Nancy is absolutely correct, but there is an exception. Only on buses will you tap in but not tap out.

Posted by Karen
Dallas
17 posts

Thanks to my new friends in England for the Oyster Card tips!! It is much appreciated! Am really looking forward to visiting your country! Hope you can come to Dallas, TX sometime soon!

Posted by Stephanie
Trussville, Al
185 posts

@Nigel, the website you posted comparing travel card/oyster card is the best I have ever read. It really explains everything so you can understand the differences. I have seen more explanations over on TA that are so hard to comprehend but this website truly makes it so easy to figure out. Now I can figure out my best option for my upcoming London trip in May. Thank you!