4 Tips to Using London Public Transport3 July, 2009
1. Use an Oyster Card
No. You don’t get discounts for oysters with this card. The name – Oyster, is a metaphorical reference to security (shell of an oyster) and value (the pearl within).
Compared to paying single fares for each trip, Oyster card users enjoy savings of more than £1 per trip and depending on your travel periods (peak or off-peak), the daily price cap ensures you never spend more than £6.70 per day – in other words, you can make 1000 trips on London Underground, buses, trams in Zone 1-2 and still spend at most £6.70 a day.
2. Use a National Rail Day Travelcard/Ticket with Daysoutguide 2 for 1 London Offers
London attractions e.g. Tower of London can be very expensive (£17 per person). Thankfully, there are 2 for 1 offers for National Rail customers. To enjoy this offer, all they have to do is produce a ticket/travelcard with the National Rail logo and a printed voucher to effectively halve the admission ticket price. See DaysOutGuide 2 for 1 offer website for details.
3. Take a Bus (especially a London Routemaster Heritage)
The London Tube can be a very confusing network of train lines for those not familiar with it.
Changing lines can involve quite a fair bit of walking too. Some stations also don’t have lifts – a major obstacle for those with luggage. The bus services in London is usually on time and can bring you to your destinations more directly. For a more retro feeling of London’s buses, you can also take the Routemaster Heritage buses 9 and 15 which ply most of the tourist areas. Instead of tapping your Oyster card on card readers like other buses, a conductor stationed on board will check your card on his mobile reader.
4. Take note of Service Closure
Check the Transport for London website regularly for updates on train service, especially if you are travelling on a weekend – lots of train lines are usually closed during weekends for maintainence.
Also keep an eye out for predicted strikes notices. Strikes can close the Underground lines for days. Just two days after we left London, there was a strike by London Underground lines, disabling most of the train lines.