I have a friend coming to stay in London for a few days from Scotland. I figured that seeing as they were staying a few days and want to see a lot of London it would be best to get an Oyster card for them, so that it would be cheaper. However it suddenly occured to me, is this allowed? Are oyster cards available to those out of London? On the form it says address, so will it be ok to fill in a scottish address for this?
Am a bit confused, wondering if someone could help me out.
Hmmmmm i'm not sure,
But you could always give TFL a ring on 020 7222 1234 as they'd give you an answer.
I really don't think you can get temporary Oyser cards. You have to put a deposit on the things anyway.
Does the friend in question have a Young Persons Railcard? If so, they can get money off an off peak Travelcard (zones 1-6 goes down to £4.80 from £6.30). That'd probably be the best way to save money each day, especially for a sightseeing trip. You can also get cheaper travelcards for less zones, such 1-2, but I don't know much about them, living in Croydon. They tend to be cheaper than the price Oyster cards cap at any way.
To be honest, for a visitor rather than a resisdent, even without a railcard I'd probably just get the full priced off peak travelcards. The hassle of applying for a card and the deposit means it isn't really worth it for a short stay.
Ah, sorry, you are right.
But I'm not sure it would be much help.
But I suppose it'd be worth a go.
you dont need to give an address to get a pay as you go oyster card so anyone can get one; and it costs 3 quid. Basically if your friend is going to make more than 2 tube journeys its worth it. (because a single zone 1 trip is 3 quid without oyster, 1.50 with)
If you're gonna use the tube a bit get a pre pay oyster and stick a tenner on it. Costs 3 quid to buy though. However, it caps off at the price of a daily travel card so you wont spend more than whatever a day card costs in a single day, regardless of how many journeys you make.