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Small Pearls Perhaps - but worth having

AdvantagesConvenience and cash savings

DisadvantagesNone, so long as you remember it's cash

"...won't need telling about the Oyster Card, you almost certainly have one. If you don't live in London, but visit on a regular basis or might be planning a holiday taking in the capital, it might not be something you've thought about. I only discovered by accident that you don't need to be a local to access the benefits of this nifty little gadget. You can buy one on-line, get it delivered and activated within a couple of days, ready to go. You ..." Read review
25.11.2011

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A Credit Card Oyster

AdvantagesConvenient, Ease Of Use

DisadvantagesExagerated Prices

"...London is means that the Oyster card is a neccessity for myself and the many thousands of others that also rely on the underground to get to and from work. Oyster cards were launched back in 2003 and there are two main uses for it. The first is that the prices on Oyster cards are cheaper than buying the standard tickets and the second benefit is that it is a lot more convenient and I will explain more about these two benefits during this review. ..." Read review
28.02.2012

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London (Well, SOME of It) Is Your Oyster

AdvantagesConvenient, cashless travel, discounted rates still quite expensive

DisadvantagesHaving Ken know where I go, not yet universal across all ex-BR stations

"...off from buying a London Oyster card for several reasons, not the least of which is that I thought they were only for season ticket use, and as my need to use London's buses and Underground trains was minimal, say, three of four times a month, this ruled me out, or so I imagined. True, you can use your Oyster card as a season ticket; a friend of mine does, but as I now know it can also be used as a Pay-As-You-Go payment card, with certain advantages ..." Read review
11.11.2007

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Community Level 6carl.mcqueen

carl.mcqueen

Oyster Card

AdvantagesConvenient

DisadvantagesYou could lose it!

"...gentlemen, say hello to the Oyster card then. For those who don’t live in London or perhaps have never even stepped foot in the capital, the following paragraphs may read like absolute gobbledegook, but trust me, I think I know what I’m talking about and I think it makes sense. The Oyster card is basically a form of electronic ticketing used on public transport – buses, some National Rail trains, trams, underground and the Docklands Light Railway ..." Read review
26.07.2009

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Community Level 9Spottydog11

Spottydog11

The World is your Oyster

AdvantagesGreat, handy

DisadvantagesDoesn't always swipe first time

"...and so have found the Oyster Card an invaluable tool to help me in my journey. What exactly is an Oyster Card? An oyster card is basically a credit card sized card ticket which has an amount of preloaded electronic money on it (it can store up to £90 worth of credit) that allows users to travel by swiping the card over electronic readers to gain access to the transport system. The card is valid on the London Underground, buses and the Docklands ..." Read review
27.02.2009

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Community Level 2dotjay19

dotjay19

Cashless and convenient

AdvantagesCashless and convenient

DisadvantagesNon-identifiable to you - if you lose it with £90 credit on - you might feel abit sore

"I got my Oyster card last year before going on a day trip to London, to be honest I cannot recall how I found out about the oyster card - I assume it was going on the transport for london website to find out about tube maps or all day travel cards. I do recall I bought the Oyster card off the website for £5 (£3 of which is retained for adminstration charges) and it was delivered to my home the day after - really prompt service. If you register ..." Read review
01.08.2009

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Community Level 7costas1234

costas1234

The Oyster Card vs Freedom card

AdvantagesRead Opp

DisadvantagesRead Opp

"...ticketless travel system which saw Oyster Cards introduced a few years ago. Now Sad Ken is no longer around Boris Johnson still has these in place. The main idea behind the Oyster cards I feel was to reduce queue waiting times as well as for Big Brother institutions to know where people travel to and from. The prices for travel to central London is much higher than zones 5 and 6 in Middlesex. The Oyster Card system operates throughout London and some ..." Read review
16.12.2009

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Community Level 6milleniumz...

milleniumzeus

Fancy an Oyster?

AdvantagesCheapest mode of travel in London

DisadvantagesBig brother, not good for tourists.

"What is an Oyster card? Basically it is a London travel card enabling the traveller to get around London without constantly buying tickets for the different modes of transport available. It can be likened to a credit card; however the difference being, you pay up front and charge the card before use, almost identically to a pay-as-you-go phone card. Transport for London hereafter referred to as tfl, call it a smartcard. I think it was very ..." Read review
21.09.2006

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Community Level 4Mitchellan...

MitchellandAimeesMum

Oyster.......... your flexible friend!

AdvantagesPut as much or as little money on it as you like

DisadvantagesCan sometimes play up and the ticket barriers can get congested

"...first people to have an Oyster card with a season ticket on it when they first came out. **WHAT IS AN OYSTER CARD?** Oyster is basically a "smartcard". You can put your Travelcard or Bus Pass season ticket on it, add money to pay as you go or have a combination of both, so if you need to pay for an extra long journey, no problem. They are also resuable, so basically you can have the same card for ever! When your cash/season ticket runs out, ..." Read review
22.11.2006

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Community Level 4damien.gal...

damien.gallery

OYSTER SMART CARD

AdvantagesSavings can be made

DisadvantagesRequires personal information to be recorded,

"...my annual season ticket from Oyster card this week. There was a huge saving in what I was spending on weekly oyster tickets, 2 months free travel. The process was quick and simple. I paid £600 cash for a zone 2&3 annual ticket at an train station. It took about 5 minutes. But Oyster has not always been this simple. In fact I have mixed feelings about Oyster. When Ken Livingstone first announce the arrival of Oyster it seemed like a Godsend. But ..." Read review
15.06.2007

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Community Level 3excelsior81

excelsior81

The smarter way to travel

AdvantagesQuick and easy to use

DisadvantagesDon't forget to tap in and out or be charges for a whole days travel

"The Oyster Card available for use on the London Underground Network and on many lines into London has changed the way I travel...I now consider myself a 'smart' traveller. Why do I say this? Well as a commuter, I used to hate having to queue for a paper ticket, that I would invariably lose, rip or misplace. The Oyster card has made my journey easier, quicker and more importantly, cheaper. Here are some examples: * A daily travel card used to cost ..." Read review
31.07.2009

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Community Level 2imwhoever

imwhoever

oyster is best travel companion

Advantagesonline registration and recharge, less costly than single fares

Disadvantagescan struck you sometimes, theft issues

"Oyster card is one of best travel companion in London. We bought oyster card on second day of our arrival. Main advantage is when you plan your journey carefully it will be lot cheaper. Transport for London has challanged that oyster is always cheaper than single or return fares in London tubes/buses/trams.. and I think it is right. When you want to travel in certain pre decided travel zone it is really cheaper than buying tickets. For example, I ..." Read review
19.09.2008

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Community Level 1myexcellen...

myexcellency2

Oyster Card for Students

AdvantagesGood value for money, Easier to travel with

DisadvantagesNone I can think of

"...(TFL) to obtain a student oyster card. Obviously, at this point I had no idea what they were talking about. It was a Monday, I filled the form attached the passport photograph and enclosed a cheque for £5 then mailed it to them on Tuesday. They said it may take up to 2 weeks on the form but, behold! on Saturday morning, I received my oyster card first thing in the mail. It had my picture on it and I get 30% discount as a student. Now that's what I ..." Read review
21.04.2007

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Good, but watch out on the river boat services.

Advantagesquick, cheaper fares, easy to use

Disadvantagesless discount on river services

"I think the oyster card is a must if you want to travel in london, whether a visitor or a resident. It lets you travel up to the daily fare, which is an advantage over a travelcard if you don't travel over this amount. Also, gives cheaper fares on buses in comparison to paying with cash. They can be used on overground trains and the dlr too. However, the travelcard offers a greater discount on riverboat services, so watch out and buy a travelcard ..." Read review
21.08.2012

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Community Level 3dandadda

dandadda

Cash vs Oyster Card

AdvantagesEasy to use.

DisadvantagesSome cards just stop working.

"Launched in 2003, the oyster card is basically an electronic card which can be used in place of paper tickets for use on public transport. Initially, I was very suspicious of the oyster card system. I had my doubts as to whether it would actually work properly and whether it would be a flash in the pan. Would transport for london really stick with this idea in the long term? Is there even any benefit of using the oyster card system? Well, as well ..." Read review
25.03.2009

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