TRAVEL CARDS VS OYSTER CARDS
Thanks for the enquiry and interest.
Below are the details of both the Oyster and Visitor Travel Cards for you to choose which fits best for you, along with our contact numbers for ordering and mailing details etc.
We are agents for Transport for London and can provide you with their various Visitor travelcards.
London Transport have introduced the "Oyster" card as their local Transport Pass, and it is advertised as being less than other local passes or individual tickets. For example, instead of a 4.00GBP fare from Heathrow to central London the Oyster card would be charged 3.50GBP, with a maximum of 14.50GBP being charged per day for travel in Zones 1 -6 or 6.70GBP per day within Zones 1 and 2. The visitor version is sold in units of 10.00 or 15.00GBP + a 2 - 3.00GBP initial fee ($25.00 - $33.00), for all ages, and has to be renewed as you go at various underground stations. The main advantage is that it does not have to be used on consecutive days and can even be kept for later trips to London. A disadvantage is the need to keep renewing it, which can be done at all underground stations, and keeping track of how much value is left. If it is the Oyster Card you prefer we can supply the 15.00GBP version which, with the 2.00GBPset up fee from London Transport, retails at $28.00 CAD (no child rate).
The Oyster is primarily for Londoners and those visiting on non consecutive days. We strongly feel that, for the large majority of clients visiting London, the best bet is still the London Visitor Travel card.
If you will be on and off the underground, buses and local trains a lot, then the best value by far, and the most convenient, is the London Visitor Travel Card, especially the 7 day versions, which we would recommend for a 4 day stay or more. Below are details regarding the card:
Prices, in Canadian dollars, are as follows:
All Zone: (Zones 1 - 6)
|7 day||1 day|
Central Zone: (Zones 1 - 2) **
|7 day||1 day|
* Includes bus travel Zones 1-6
** Child rate: age 5-15
Visitor Travel Cards are valid for travel at any time, including peak periods and no picture I.D. is required. If you need a 4, 5 or 6 day card the best value is the 7-day card. Children under 5 travel free on all services. Children under 11 travel free, after 9.30am, on the underground system and the DLR (Dockland Light Railway) when accompanied by an adult with a valid Travel Card.
The All Zone card allows travel by bus, underground or rail, to the outer limits of Greater London, including Hampton Court, Heathrow (not Gatwick) and Kew Gardens. The Central Zone covers all the main sites in central London from Notting Hill in the west to Canary Wharf/Greenwich in the east and Hampstead in the north to Brixton in the south. If you are travelling outside of London, for example to Windsor or Oxford, showing the Travel Card at the ticket office will give you a subsidised rate. The cards are for consecutive days and are date stamped so you need to advise us of the exact dates you require. Once stamped the cards are non refundable and non changeable.
You can pick up the Oyster or the Travel Cards from our office or we will send by regular mail at no extra charge. Express mail delivery has a $10.00 handling fee. To order either Travel Cards or Oyster Cards please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954.