"Off-Peak Day Travelcard" Oyster Cards / Travelcards Tip by codrutz
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I recommend you to get the Off-Peak Day Travelcard - it's the best way into London imho - it's available at any underground station, at the automatic machines (as well as at the counters). You just select on the screen the type of card - look for the Off-Peak Day Travelcard - then put your credit card in the machine and follow instructions. In ten seconds you'll have your travelcard to use on buses, tube and DLR.
Off-peak means you can not use the transportation system before 9.30AM Monday-Friday. Weekends (Sat-Sun) are off-peak whole day. So if you are in a working day you enjoy breakfast and jump in and use the travelcard after 9.30AM.
The travelcard is on paper and it has a magnetic strip on the back, you use it in tubes when you enter and exit the stations - watch for the doors, most are one way so pick the green light means it's for your direction - red light means they're for people coming the other way. In buses just show the travelcard to the driver and that's all. For trains you sometimes use it to get in sometimes to get out of the station - you will figure it out - just keep it in your shirt pocket ready to use for the whole day - don't throw it away.
Look at my travelcard - I bought it in Reading, some 60 miles east of London. On the same Day Travelcard for GBP 18,90 I had the train to/from London/Reading (even multiple rides) and all transports in London in zones 1&2.
Zones are concentric areas starting with Zone 1 which is the Center, 2 is adjacently. Most of the times all you need are the Zones 1&2. Check out any map on the tube and you will see the zones.
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