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London Transit Tip: Travel with Your “Oyster”

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photograph courtesy of  LoopZilla
photograph courtesy of LoopZilla

We asked you for your best London budget tips and you provided! Thanks! Our winning tip was provided by Dan F., who lives and works in London.

“Everyone in London gets around with an ‘Oyster card.’ The cards don’t cost anything to use and they get you major discounts on all public transportation in London.” Sounds good, right? Dan continues: “They’re good on the Tube, the bus, trams, and local trains, too. You fill up your Oyster card with cash and refill it when the card has run low, so there are no lines. Best of all, the pass cuts fare prices in half.”

Indeed, Dan! Check it out: A single Tube ticket in Zone A costs a whopping £4, while the same ride with your Oyster card costs £1.50. The Oyster card is free to use, so it would be foolish to travel Oyster-less. We’re also quite taken with its snazzy turquoise logo.

How can you land an Oyster card? They’re available in most Tube stations, through the Oyster Web site, and in 2,200 Oyster Ticket Shops around London.

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