Updating oyster card
For the tourist or those making short visits to London there are aspects of the Travelcard that make them appealing and if understood can make Travelcards cheaper than Oyster cards or Contactless payment cards, especially if you are visiting the major sights on a first time visit.So all in all it can be quite confusing for the visitor planning their visit to London to make an informed choice.I can not stress to you the importance of registering your Oyster card. I lost mine but luckily had the receipt with the card serial number on so I was able to get it cancelled and the balance transferred to my replacement.They are supposed to tell you to register it when you buy it but the cashier didn't. It runs on time to the the second, gets a person where you want to be in no time, without the hassles of congested traffic you would find going by car, and much quicker as well as it moves in a direct line, the staff at the ticket points were always efficient and courteous.The Contactless payment card is the new option available and the authorities hope this may become the dominant channel in the longer term.
From the 20th May 2018 it will become possible to use Oyster, Travelcards and Contactless on the Heathrow Connect all the way from Paddington to Heathrow, including the part between Heathrow and Hayes and Harlington, which has always been excluded.
When you buy a Visitor Oyster card you pay an activation fee (currently £5) which is not refundable.
For standard Oyster cards purchased in London you pay a £5 deposit which is refundable (see Oyster v Visitor Oyster section below).
This page discusses the differences between Oyster, Contactless Payment Cards and Travelcards so you can identify the right product for you.
Our detailed Travelcard, Contactless payment cards and Oyster card pages give a full explanation of each. - Docklands Light Railway, Tf L Rail and Overground Railway.