What is the best option for tube passes for four days in London. Its been about 10 years since I've been to London and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
1) Does contactless bank card from outside UK work for tube and busses?
2) Is there any financial benefit of using oyster card over bank card or an app?
3) And, do they sell oyster cards on every station? I will be arriving to Heathrow airport.
Absolutely get an Oyster card. At least half the cost of paying for tube rides daily. Can use on buses also. Load it with about 30 GBP, then add to it if you run low. Need one for each person. Can get it online, but just as easy to get it at one of the major tube stations.
Thanks, I will just get one then on arrival.
<<. Can get it online, but just as easy to get it at one of the major tube stations.>>
For other readers, do NOT ‘get it online’. That gets you the less flexible and more expensive “Visitor Oyster” - just get a regular Oyster on arrival from any Tube station (and Heathrow and Gatwick) - and to reiterate, contactless bank cards and phonepay do exactly the same job at exactly the same prices.
(1) Cards from most of the world do work. Some cards issued in Netherlands and US don't (different technical standards). Only way to know for sure is to try on arrival.
(2) No. In a few (fairly unusual) circumstances, using contactless is slightly cheaper than oyster. For 99% of journeys for 99% of adults, it's the same. And either are vastly cheaper than paying for paper tickets.
I confess I'm sometimes a bit old fashioned, but having had an Oyster for years I have no intention of switching to contactless. Of course, if I had never gotten an Oyster, I'd be usin gmy contactless card every time.
If you are travelling with children then certainly it would be better to get an Oyster card as you cannot add the young visitor discount to your phone. Also, you need a device for payment for each person travelling, so if you only have Apple Pay on your phone, then you need to find some other way to pay for the rest of your family. So Oyster cards still have use and I imagine they will for some time.