The first benefit of the scheme is the fact that it is a pre-paid way of traveling. You don't have to worry about getting to a ticket machine, or having enough ready cash to get home or to your hotel. All you need to do is swipe your card and it is all done electronically.
Another main benefit is that people tend to feel more secure and safer using the card, because they don't have to take out their wallet or purse. They can just keep the card separate and take it out when required.
Are you a student? Do travel a lot in and around London? Then save even more by getting a Student Oyster Card . The student oyster affords you a further 30% savings on your journey, compared to the standard adult rate.
Where to Get Them
The cards are readily available from newsagents, any Underground or Overground ticket office, there are also some vending machines which sell them. You can also buy online or from a Travel Information Centre.
You only need to provide a photo if you are someone who is eligible for free travel. This is done to prevent the card being fraudulently used. No other cards require a photo.
If you don't 'load up' the card with a weekly (or longer) travel ticket, then there is a fee of £3 taken, but if you do load it with a weekly ticket, then this will be refunded.
Do not forget to look out for mouth watering Oyster deals and special offers from banks, 2 for 1 tickets and even grab below market price pre-paid cards sometimes featuring online. Check for such offers and for oyster card wallet or holder.
Whatever you do, if you travel frequently in and around London, get an Oyster card. Register Online today for one!
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