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What are oyster cards??

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    Going uni in London in September and I know oyster cards are used there but what for??
    I'm from north west that's why I don't know haa

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    They're used for the trains and buses. With an oyster card you get a discount. If your under 18 you get free travel on the buses and half price rate on the trains.
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    it's a pre payment card that you swipe at tube/train stations and on buses to take the fair money from the card. Using one gives you a discount on travel as mentioned above.
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    Like others have said, it's a prepaid card that allows you to travel on the tube/bus. You just swipe it at the barriers and voila! It lets you through.

    You can get different types: standard and student Oyster Cards.
    If you plan on doing a lot of weeking travelling across London, getting a Student card would be a good idea as you get a discounted fare. However, to get this fare, you need to by a weekly travel card so it would only be worth it if you have to make regular travel to lectures/your part time job etc...

    On a standard Oyster card you can either buy a weekly travel card or you can Pay as You Go allowing you to put on as much credit as you want.
    If you have a student railcard you can link it to your standard Oyster to get a reduced fare on journies.

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