London Visitor Oyster card


A Visitor Oyster card is a quick and easy way to pay for travel on public transport in London. Buy your card before you leave home and save money with special offers.

A Visitor Oyster card is a smartcard pre-loaded with pay as you go credit that you can use to travel in London. It’s a quick and easy way to pay for journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, River Bus and most National Rail services in London.
Put money on your Visitor Oyster card and use it to pay as you go.

Why buy a Visitor Oyster card?

Save time

Buy a Visitor Oyster card before you leave home and have it delivered to you.
Your card is ready to go as soon as you arrive in London, so no queuing at stations.


Great value

Pay as you go fares are cheaper than buying a paper single ticket.
Your Visitor Oyster card offers daily capping. This means you can travel as much as you like in a single day and the amount you pay for your travel is limited (or capped). For example, you can travel as many times as you like in a day in Zones 1 and 2 (from 04:30 to 04:29 the next day) and you won’t be charged more than £6.50.
By comparison, a Day Travelcard is more expensive and will cost you £12.10.
Use your card and save money with special offer and discounts at restaurants, shops, galleries and entertainment venues.


How much does a Visitor Oyster card cost?

A Visitor Oyster card costs £3 (plus postage) and is pre-loaded with pay as you go credit for you to spend on travel. You can choose how much credit to add to your card: £10, £15, £20, £25, £30, £35, £40 or £50.
The credit on your card never expires – it stays there until you use it. If you run out of credit on your card, it’s easy to top it up and use it again.


How much pay as you go credit to add?

If you’re visiting London for two days, start with £15 credit.
If you’re visiting London for four days, start with £30 credit.


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Why Are London Buses Red?


As a symbol of London city, the red double-decker is up there with Big Ben and Tower Bridge. But did you ever wonder why the colour was chosen?
One theory holds that early prototypes were painted red as a warning to other drivers — as though to say ‘keep your distance; this thing’s experimental’. These German test vehicles were known as ‘Rotmeisters’ (translates as red master [vehicles]), a name corrupted to Routemasters by the British public when the buses were put into active service without a colour change.

It’s an intriguing theory. Unfortunately, we just made it up, and the truth is more prosaic.

You have to go back to 1907, when most buses were still horse-drawn, to witness the crimson dawn. Before that time, buses came in all manner of shades, with rival companies operating different routes. In 1907, the London General Omnibus Company rouged-up its entire fleet in an effort to stand out from the competition. The LGOC soon became the largest bus company, and its livery came to dominate the streets. When London Transport formed in 1933, it extended the convention to most (though not all) London buses, a decision whose effects remain with us today.

What’s the shade?

A quick glance through Transport for London’s colour standards guide reveals that buses under its purview should be coloured in Pantone 485 C (which corresponds to RGB 218, 41, 28; see here). This popular hue is also used on the tube roundel and Central line, as well as by Royal Mail, Kit Kat, McDonald’s and the Russian flag.

Actually, London buses aren’t all that red

Victoria BusesBut there’s a snag. The surfaces of London buses are mostly not red. This becomes clear when seen from above. Here’s a view we somehow managed to get from Victoria station.

As you can see, bus roofs are largely white, to reflect sunlight and thereby reduce heating in summer. We’ve never checked, but we’d be willing to bet that their underbellies aren’t red, either. Now subtract the area taken up by the windows and adverts — the latter can encanker the whole backside of a bus. We’d guess that the typical vehicle is only 30-40% red.



At any given time a small percentage of London’s buses don’t feature any red at all. This symbol of London city is in danger of disappearing. The London red bus might actually be a red herring



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