Benefits of using an Oyster Card

Travelling around London can be stressful at the best of times thanks to the rush hour footfall, teeming crowds and delayed journeys. Thankfully, travelling with an Oyster Card helps make life a little simpler as you don’t have to worry about fumbling for change when you’re already late for the 9.32 to Ealing. With just the flash of your smartcard you can tap onto the bus, tube or train, allowing your journey across the capital to run as smoothly as possible.

Oysters are intuitive, helping you save money

The great thing about Oysters is that they are intelligent. If you need to, you can top up your card with pay as you go credit or renew your Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass, both on the same card. When you keep both of these methods of payments on your card at the same time, the card will work out which one to use – ensuring that you never pay more than you need to.

What’s more, there is a daily price cap on Oyster pay as you go, so if you are making many journeys within a day’s period, the cap will ensure that you pay no more than the price of an equivalent Day Travelcard.

Oysters reduce queuing times

The ease of the Oyster Card system helps to cut down on queuing times, which is a blessing in hectic London. What’s more, with London buses now cash-free, carrying an Oyster means you can hop on and off those iconic red buses as you please. Reducing queuing times will help speed up both your journey and that of those around you. Oysters also encourage people to use public transport, which helps reduce traffic on the road.

Help the environment, get an Oyster Card

Oysters were introduced back in 2003, when Transport for London decided to introduce the service to encourage the use of public transport. When people make the switch to public transport rather than using cars or taxis, it helps reduce CO2 emissions as less traffic is on the road. Reducing pollution in turn helps keep our environment greener.