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Ticket pricing for the Buses and Underground :
Transport around London is best done using the tube (underground). For a nominal £3 plus the amount of credit you wish to start with, I highly recommend purchasing an oyster card. There are also a number of London Overground lines which are also now part of the TFL network.
There are also a considerable number of National Rail lines. Many are now in the London TFL system, inside the Oyster card zones 1 - 9.
card is similar to a credit card, and provides the cheapest option to travel
around London on the tubes and buses. The fare will be debited from the card as
you use it, up to an absolute maximum of £7.80 in a day (even if used in the
peak hours which are more expensive). That means you could travel all day in a
24 hour period for this amount; on tubes and buses. It is important that you
‘touch in’ at the yellow card reader and also ‘touch out’ at the end of the
You can update the amount of credit at thousands of stations and you will be charged the minimum amount automatically. The oyster card is also discounted against purchasing tickets for individual journeys, e.g. I am led to believe that a single journey of only one stop on the tube is £4 if paid in cash. Compare this with the oyster card - I think this card is amazing value.
The oyster card is not available to use on many National Rail services, and definitely NOT on the Heathrow express service or the express service from St Pancras to Stratford. But, you can actually use the slower underground service from Heathrow as part of the daily cost.
Trust me as a Londoner, the oyster card and its credit never appears to expire! You can use it again and again. Check out the tfl web site for all travel times, journeys and to order an oyster card.
For accessible rail travel in London, the site lists important detail from a number of sources. The step-free guides are very useful in highlighting those stations where you have the best chance of not getting stuck on a train. The best recommendations are the newer DLR and Jubilee lines where some thought has been put into the initial planning.
You can drag the map around with your mouse - thanks to TFL for this map! The darker blue wheelchair icons suggest the accessibility is good, the light blue icons suggest ramp and assistance will be needed. This map is great, although it misses out the all important National Rail and C2C links.
(I forgot to mention, accompanied children under the age of 10 travel free.)