Which Oyster Card Should You Get When Visiting London?

Which Oyster Card Should You Get When Visiting London?


– There are two types of
Oyster cards you can get when you come to visit London, and I’ll let you know which
one is gonna be best for you. So, first off, we have
the Visitor Oyster card, which, as you can tell, is only for people who are visiting London. And then there’s also the
‘regular’ Oyster card, which is what Londoners use everyday, but also visitors can use as well. What these cards both have in common, they can both be used
to pay for just about any transportation around London. So, that’s the Underground,
the buses, the DLR, Overground trains, the River Bus, trams, and the Emirates cable car. They both work in the same way to use. They work on a pay-as-you-go system. So, you add credit to the card and every time you take a ride, it takes away credit from your card. When your credit gets low,
you have to ‘top it up’ and you can do that on one of the machines in all of the stations around London. Both cards have a daily cap, which means that once you’ve
spent a certain amount on rides, the rest of
your rides will be free. For example, if you stay
within Zones one and two in one single day, then
you’ll never pay more than six pound 50. This does not include bus and tram fares, which has a separate cap. Each ride is one pound
50 and you’ll never pay more than four pound 50 for
those rides, in one day. You’ll also experience
peak fares on both cards, so, if you travel between
6:30 and 9:30 a.m. And four to seven p.m.
Monday through Friday, which is rush hour, then you’re
going to be charged more. You should try to avoid
those times anyway, they’re crazy. You can use either Oyster card to get from London to Gatwick Airport
or to Heathrow Airport, you can even use both cards
for the Gatwick Express, but you cannot use it
for the Heathrow Express. Both the cards and the
credit never expires, so even the only one person
can use an Oyster card at the time if you wanna
take your card home with you and give it to family or friends, they can use it as well. Okay, so let’s go over the
pros and cons of each card. Starting with the Visitor Oyster card, the pros of using that
over the regular card. You’ll get your Visitor
Oyster card sent to you before you arrive to London, and I know some of you would
not feel comfortable enough arriving to London, having to worry about getting your Oyster
card once you get here, so this solves that. Once you get it in the mail,
it’s ready to go, ready to use. You also get some discounts and perks with the Visitor Oyster card. I had to look through a list, it’s nothing amazing, it’s discounts for some
not-very-good chain restaurants. However, there were some
discounts for certain attractions and some deals for
theater tickets as well. I’ll leave a link to the
list of the discounts down below in the description, so, you can have a look and see if anything strikes your fancy. The cons of using the Visitor Oyster card, it costs three pounds to get
plus shipping and handling. And you can’t really
get this card in London, so if you haven’t thought to
get Visitor card in advance to get it shipped to you, then you won’t be able to get it. Okay, there are some pros to
using our regular Oyster card over a visitor one. You could pick up a regular Oyster card at tons of places around the city. You can get them right as
you arrive at the airport, you can get them at train stations. There are even tons of
shops that sell them and they have a sign outside
that says, ‘Oyster card.’ And they don’t actually cost you anything, you have to give a five
pound refundable deposit to get one and if you want
to get that deposit back, ask one of the TfL station members where the closest place
is to get a refund, or you can apply for one online, and you can actually get a
refund of your credit as well. I think for five pounds,
it’s kind of a nice souvenir. So, maybe just keep it. Also, if you’re staying
in London for seven days, you can put a Travelcard
onto your Oyster card. The Travelcard is
essentially a seven-day pass that gives you unlimited
rides on transportation around London for the zones
that you purchase it for. So, if you’re staying in
London for seven days, this could be an option to
save you a little bit of money. But, you cannot put this
on a Visitor Oyster card so, that’s why you’ll need
to have a regular Oyster card to get a Travelcard. The downsides of using
a regular Oyster card over a visitor one, if you don’t live in the U.K.,
you can’t get an Oyster card until you arrive to London. You also don’t get those discounts that you would get with
the Visitor Oyster card. There’s none of that with the regular one. And that’s actually it, so, if you’re still not sure which Oyster card you should get, don’t stress out. You’re not gonna miss out on anything huge whichever one you decide to get. So, look at it this way. If you would like to have your card before you arrive to London,
then pay that little bit of extra money and get yourself
the Visitor Oyster card sent to you. Remember to get enough for
everybody in your party, ’cause everybody has to have their own. Otherwise, don’t worry about it, you can always just pick
one up at the airport, at the train station,
right when you arrive here. I have a couple of other videos that will help you
navigate the transportation around London, so click up
here to watch one of those. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more London tips every week, and you can also click up here to download my free London 101 guide, so, do that before you leave the video. (soft, peaceful music)