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Oyster Cards & Travelcards

An Oyster card is a pre-paid travel smart card. Use it to pay for single journeys on the bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail train services within the London region.
You can buy a Visitor Oyster card before you leave home for £5 and pre-load it with credit at

The system has nine zones; Zone 1 is in central London. Buy Oyster cards and Day Travelcards from ticket machines at stations, eight TfL Visitor Centres and any Oyster Ticket Shop. UK visitors can also pay for their travel with a UK-issued contactless payment debit card. For more information, see the tfl website.

An Oyster card also gives you a 25 per cent discount on Emirates Air Line (London’s cable car) and discounts on single journeys on all MBNA Thames Clipper’s river buses. For more information, visit

Getting Around
For 24-hour travel info, visit Transport for London’s (TfL) website or call
T: 0343-222 1234.

London Underground (The Tube)
Services run Mon-Sat 5am-12.30am and Sun 7.30am-11.30pm on most routes. Night Tube runs all night Fri & Sat on the Victoria and Jubilee lines, and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines. Fares vary; a Zone 1 adult fare is £4.90 (£2.40 Oyster). For more information, go here: Night Tube

London Buses
5am-12.30am. Night buses (midnight-4.30am) operate on main routes. Several services run 24 hours a day. You cannot pay for a London bus fare with cash, so use a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card, Travelcard or UK-issued contactless payment debit card. For further information, visit
Single fare is £1.50 with an Oyster card or UK-issued contactless card.

London Overground
Trains run Mon-Sat 5am-midnight and Sun 7am-11.30pm on most routes.

Docklands Light Railway
T: 020-7363 9700. Trains run about every three to 10 mins. Mon-Sat 5.30am-12.30am; Sun 7am-11pm.

Fares increase after 8pm. Don’t use vehicles that approach you, except for licensed black cabs.

Paddington serves the West Country, Wales and the South Midlands.
Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street serve East Anglia and Essex.
Euston, King’s Cross St Pancras, Marylebone and St Pancras International (connects to King’s Cross St Pancras) serve north and central Britain,
 and southeast England.
Charing Cross, London Bridge, Waterloo and Victoria serve southern England.
T: 0845-748 4950.
Eurostar uses St Pancras International.
Go to UK: T: 0344-822 4777. International: T: 01233-617 575.

Car Hire
Make sure your driving licence is valid for the UK and see ‘Congestion Charge
Hertz T: 0870-844 8844.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car T: 0800-800 227.

Santander Cycles
Hire Bicycles are for hire from docking stations across central London. £2 for 24 hours. First 30 minutes are free. Visit or call
T: 0343-222 6666.

London’s main coach services use Victoria Coach Station, a central hub which offers travel across the UK, SW1W 9TP. T: 0843-222 1234. Victoria.

Congestion Charge
There is a congestion charge to drive into central London, Mon-Fri 7am-6pm. Pay in advance or on the day of travel (£11.50), or the day after (£14). UK: T: 0343-222 2222. International: +44 20 7649 9122.

River Services
MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus serves 20 piers. Prices start at £3.90. River Roamer ticket adult £17.35; child £8.65. Discounts on single journeys on all MBNA Thames Clippers river buses with an Oyster card. MBNA Thames Clippers: T: 020-7001 2200.

Emirates Air Line Cable Car
London’s only cable car runs across the Thames between Greenwich Peninsula (The O2) and the Royal Docks (ExCeL). You can board from either the North Greenwich or Royal Victoria sides of the river (return flights are available).

Accessible London
Disabled travellers in London should visit or DisabledGo at

Travel Information
For 24-hour London travel information (bus, Tube, river, rail, coach, cycle, tram, car, on foot, accessibility and assisted travel), visit or call T: 0343-222 1234.

24-hour Tube: Fri & Sat
Jubilee Line: Across the entire line.
Victoria Line: Across the entire line.
Northern Line: Between Morden and Camden Town and between Camden Town to High Barnet/Edgware.
Piccadilly Line: Between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5.
Central Line: Between White City and Leytonstone; between Ealing Broadway and White City; and between Leytonstone and Loughton/Hainault.



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