As of the 6th of July London Buses will no longer accept cash payments to the driver. In stead passengers will have to either have a bus pass, a paper ticket or an Oyster card.
An Oyster card is the most practical method for visitors to London as it means you can travel as much as you like without having to worry about have enough change to get the whole family on a bus or tube.
Each member of your party will need one. You can either buy a “pay as you” go version, which involves you guessing how much you will need and adding extra if you run out or a travel card which allows unlimited travel for a day, week or month. (Any unused “pay as you go” credit can be refunded.) The maximum an oyster will be charge per day is £8.60.
Buying Your Oyster Card When Visiting London
When arriving in London you have several ways of purchasing an Oyster card.
- Any major underground station
- Gatwick Express – from the Gatwick Express ticket office or terminal desks
- Stansted Express – from the ticket office at the airport rail station
- Eurostar – on board trains to London
- Oxford Tube coach service – from ticket offices at Gloucester Green Coach Station and Thornhill Park and Ride in Oxford
- National Express coaches – from ticket offices throughout the UK, including those at major airports such as Gatwick, Stansted and Luton
You can buy your card even before you leave by visiting an overseas agent.