Travel is a big priority, and can be a worry, especially for Americans moving to London. Getting used to being completely reliant on public transport is a big deal and it takes some time. Having a car in London is almost out of the question; not only is it exorbitantly expensive, it is also unnecessary. The Tube, which is the name for the London Underground (subway system) carries thousands of locals on their daily commute each day. Combined with an excellent train system and hundreds of buses, you will never be stuck without transport in London.
Paying for Public Transport in London
You do not have to carry cash to purchase a ticket, which is great news if you are running late in the morning, or stuck in the city after a night out. Most people living here use the Oyster Card system. An Oyster Card will always be cheaper than a Travelcard in the end but a Travelcard can be combined with some fantastic special offers if you’re new to London and want to explore the city before settling into your new home.
A Travelcard is a temporary card and you do not have to pay a deposit for the card. When your Travelcard expires, you can just chuck it out and get a new one. There are a number of special offers and you can take advantage of the discounted admission to the some of the most popular tourist attractions. If you are travelling for 5 or more days then a 7-day Travelcard is better value for money than the same fares on an Oyster Card. It’s important to note though that a seven-day Travelcard comes loaded onto your Oyster Card. It’s a bit confusing at first.
An Oyster Card is a pay-as-you-go card for all forms of transport, and it is a permanent card that you can use as and when you need it. If you are planning your relocation to London and going to be a regular commuter then you can load your pre-paid Oyster card with cash amounts or with Travelcards for the tube and bus or train fares to take advantage of the cheaper rates.