How can you skip the queue in London?
Queuing on your holiday. Nobody particularly enjoys the activity, but it's something we all have to put up with. Or do we?
It's no secret that queuing is a stalwart British institution, whether it's at the supermarket or a bus stop. However, Great Britain also has a way for visitors to skip the line and spend more time exploring the city of London.
Do you have an Oyster Card for your trip to London?
Here we're taking a look at how buying an Oyster Card from Rail Plus can help to save you both time and money on your trip to the capital.
The dynamic cultural city of London, with its historic streets and churches as well as its soaring skyscrapers, holds a dear place in the hearts of many travellers.
The gateway to the United Kingdom, here you can marvel at some of the world's most famous art and eat at the best restaurants as well as see the best shows... let your imagination guide you!
See London like a Londoner
And while it might seem like a good idea to do some of the legwork between each attraction by black cab, the reality is that there is a far more economical way to go about things. London's public transport network is expansive, and can get you anywhere you need to go.
The underground, or 'Tube' as the locals call it, can help you to skip the notorious London traffic. Dating back over 150 years, the Tube is a key part of the city's history, with the very first tunnel opening in 1843. Now the Tube covers 402 kilometres, with the Jubilee, Victoria, and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Tube will play an integral role in getting you from Kensington Gardens to St Paul's Cathedral. However, there is nothing worse than having to fumble with foreign change while trying to buy a ticket for the Circle Line, which is why we're proud to offer a much simpler solution.
The Oyster Card is your pass to the Tube, bus, DLR and even some National Rail services.
Pre-load your pass with £10, £15 or £20 before you arrive, so you can start using it immediately. There is no need for queuing up to buy train tickets or arranging taxi or bus transport.
You do not require any identification to start using it and the cards are fully transferable. Simple. Convenient. Your Oyster Card will determine the cheapest fare and automatically deduct it from your credit.
Oyster Card fares are notably better value than cash fares or traditional tickets. When you use up all your credit, simply top up at an underground station, and you're all set to go. The advantages of the Oyster Card are hard to ignore!
To use your card, simply walk up to the barrier at the station, place the card flat on the scanner and wait for the gate to open. Board your train to the National Gallery, Buckingham Palace, or the Tate Modern, the choice is yours. Read our travellers Oyster card reviews to view their experience travelling around London.
Your Oyster Card covers all travel for the underground network Zones 1 - 9, which account for the vast majority of Central sites and attractions. View the Oyster card London Map to discover major stations and how to get to great attractions and sites in London.
In addition, you'll also get access to special discounts, such as 25 per cent off the Emirates Airline Cable Car, which allows you to sail over the Thames River, 90 metres above ground for a unique perspective of this iconic city. You'll also receive a 10 per cent discount on Thames Clipper cruises when you show your Oyster Card.
The best part is that your Oyster Card doesn't expire, so you can keep it and use it for your next trip to London! Trust us, you'll be back.