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Which London travel pass is right for me?

Getting around London is easy, but which travel ticket is best for your visit? The Visitor Oyster card and Travelcard both have advantages, depending on the length of your stay, how much you'll be travelling around and whether there are any children in your group.

Visitor Oyster Card

Visitor Oyster Card

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Visitor Oyster cards are plastic smartcards you can use instead of paper tickets. Put on pay as you go credit which you use when you travel. It is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

Travelcard

Travelcard

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You can travel as often as you like on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services within the London travel zones with a Travelcard. They are valid for either one or 7 days and are issued as paper tickets from the Visitor shop.

Summary: which one should I buy?

Visitor Oyster Card

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Usually the best choice if:
  • You're making many journeys in a small area.
  • You're only making a few journeys or not travelling every day in London.
  • You're travelling to Zones 7, 8, or 9.

Travelcard

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Usually the best choice for:
  • Under-16s
  • Unlimited travel (within the zones your Travelcard covers) working out much cheaper than buying single tickets.
  • Easy: one ticket for one day or one week!

Where can I use it?

Visitor Oyster Card

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  • Tube, DLR and London Overground
  • Bus
  • Trams
  • National Rail services in London
    Excluding Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow. Heathrow Express, Gatwick Express, Stansted Express and Southeastern High speed services between St Pancras International and Stratford International.
  • Riverboat
    Get 10 per cent off single tickets on Thames Clippers services.
    Use your pay as you go credit to buy a paper ticket.

Travelcard

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  • Tube, DLR and London Overground
  • Bus
    Any service within Greater London regardless of the zone(s) the Travelcard covers.
  • Trams
    If your Travelcard includes Zone 3, 4, 5 or 6.
  • National Rail services in London
    Excluding Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow. Heathrow Express, Gatwick Express, Stansted Express and Southeastern High speed services between St Pancras International and Stratford International.
  • Scheduled Riverboat services at 1/3 off
    Show your Travelcard at the time of travel.

When can I use it?

Visitor Oyster Card

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At any time - you are automatically charged a Peak or Off-Peak fare.

  • Peak pay as you go fares
    Applies from 06:30 to 09:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00 Monday to Friday.
  • Off-Peak pay as you go fares
    Applies at all other times.
    Off-Peak pay as you go fares
    Applies at all other times.

Travelcard

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You have two options for Day Travelcards:

  • Anytime
    Can be used all day on the day of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 the following day.
  • Off-Peak
    Can be used from 09:30 Mondays to Fridays, all day Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, on the day of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 on the following day.
    (7 Day Travelcards are only available in Anytime option.)

How much does it cost?

Visitor Oyster Card

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Sample single Tube journey prices:
  • Zones 1 to 2
    £2.80 Peak
    £2.20 Off-Peak
    Cash fare £4.70

  • Zones 1 to 6
    £5 Peak
    £3 Off-Peak
    Cash fare £5.70

Multiple journeys within the same zone(s) are capped at the equivalent Day Travelcard rate.
You can top up your Oyster card at Tube stations and over 3,700 Oyster Ticket Stops throughout London and at London Travel Information Centres.

Travelcard

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Sample journey prices:
  • Zones 1 - 6
    Child Day Off-Peak Travelcard: £3.60

  • Zones 1 - 6
    Adult 7 Day Travelcard: £57.20
  • Zones 1 - 6
    Child 7 Day Travelcard: £28.60

Travelling with children

Visitor Oyster Card

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  • Adults (16+)
  • Child Oyster Cards are not available
    Up to 4 children aged 5-10 years can travel for free anywhere at any time without a ticket if they are accompanying a full-paying adult. Ask a member of staff to let your child through the ticket barriers.

Travelcard

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  • Adults (16+)
  • Children
    Up to 4 children aged 5-10 years can travel for free anywhere at any time without a ticket if they are accompanying a full-paying adult. Ask a member of staff to let your child through the ticket barriers.  Child Travelcards are required for those between the ages of 11 and 15 years old.

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