QUOTE(Splog @ Jul 18 2012, 09:23 AM)
I have just had a look at the website. Like any government website it is hard to get the exact information you need. Normally London is a day trip, so I just get a travelcard.
Going to be there for five days, with tube journey to and from station on Monday and Friday, plus any jaunts I may wish to take, but as I'll be walking distance from many places, it's hard to know. Not sure there will be much time to fit in shopping. But it does look as if oyster fares are cheaper, so probably best to get one. Just not sure if I end up with credit at the end of the week if it is refunded. Could always give it to someone at the station....
This might help as a summary:
If you're staying in zone 1 (near the Academy) and going around in central London, then you probably wouldn't need a travel card for more than zone 1-2.
A 1 day travelcard is ?7 (same as the capped daily rate on a pay as you go Oyster card) providing you don't travel before 9.30am. It's worth it if you are going to do a couple of tube journeys, out/return instead of paying a cash fare which in zone 1-2 is ?4.30 each.
A 7 day weekly travelcard is ?29.20 for zones 1-2 - ie roughly ?6 a day if you use transport every day. You would get this on an Oyster card, no deposit. This would cover bus, tube and national rail in the two zones.
You have to pay a ?5 deposit on a pay as you go oyster now. I think the deposit is refundable if you give the card back at a tube station when you leave London. A single bus journey is ?1.35, capped at ?4.20 for a 1 day bus travelcard.
A single tube journey in zone 1 with Oyster pay as you go is ?2 - same peak/off peak but for zones 1-2. A peak fare is ?2.70. A cash tube ticket from a machine in the station is ?4.30 - ie pay as you go Oyster is much cheaper.
You can order an Oyster card online and get it delivered to you before you travel - saves you queuing at the station when you arrive.