You’ve arrived in London and you now need to get from point A to B and back a few times. There are many options for travel in London, but one of the best values is the Travelcard.
A Travelcard will allow you access on the tube, bus and some trains within certain zones. London is divided into zones similar to that of a target board. Zone 1 is in the center, and then 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and so on go outside beyond that. Most of the tourist attractions and things you want to see are in Zone 1. However, you may want to go to Zone 2 for Greenwich or the Abbey Road Beatles crossing. At any rate, the cheapest ticket is Zone 1-2, so you can get this one.
A Travelcard is available on a daily, weekly, or monthly rate. A month is currently £116.80. A week is £30.40. A day is £8.80. Find more up to date rates here.
If you are traveling around all day, a day card would be good. If you will be here for 5 days or more, a week card would be better value.
Another option is the Pay As You Go option. It’s good if you are going to travel minimally or you have something else (like a Hop On/Hop Off Bus ticket) or you like walking alot. The pay as you go option works like this:
Place a £5 deposit and receive an Oyster card.
Top up the Oyster card with an amount of your liking.... say £20.
End of trip, you can get back any money left on the card, and the £5 deposit when you return the card.
The above photo is of a 7 day travel card that was purchased in conjunction with the London Pass. These are paper tickets, and they are really great if you are going to museum hop alot.
BONUS TRAVEL TIP: Whenever using ANY paper ticket (be it a 1day Travelcard or the London Pass travel card) take good care not to put it near your credit cards or mobile phone. They have a paper magnetic strip on the back that can easily be deactivated.... causing you much frustration every time you enter and exit the tube. Keep it safe in a pocket or a plastic wallet!!!