Whats the deal with using tap-pay bank cards on oyster readers?

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by sim667, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Do you just get charged at normal oyster rates, or do you pay a single ticket fare everywhere you go?

    I've had a quick google, but just got confused by it.
  2. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

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  3. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

  4. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    It might actually be cheaper than Oyster because weekly caps apply to contactless but not to Oyster, although there was a fuss about this when they were introduced last year maybe they have fixed it now.
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  5. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I use contactless a lot to get to work when I can't be arsed buying a weekly card on the Oyster, usually charges me £6.40 a day for Zones 1 and 2.
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  6. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins Temporary Servalan

    Back in London and am guessing it's just not worth getting an Oyster card any more because of this.

    Is there any earthly reason I should get one? Other than the possibility of losing bank cards - I've lost countless Oyster cards on drunken evenings or having them just fall out of pockets cos you need your payment method to be accessible.
  7. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    No not worth it if you've got a contactless debit card. Only thing is to make sure you use the same card for all journeys during the course of a day so that the cap gets applied. If you use different ones it won't.
  8. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins Temporary Servalan

    Thanks. That's one thing less to worry about :)
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  9. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    One thing I've noticed. Having misplaced my Oyster card the other day, is that bank cards are ever so slightly slower at registering on the reader than Oysters. It's not enough to make a one off trip worth worrying about, but several lost quarter-seconds is starting to get on my tits.
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  10. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins Temporary Servalan

    I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

    One thing that did occur to me....Ive used my bank card on the bus but didn't get a ticket. Should I have done? And what happens if an inspector gets on?
  11. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    You don’t get a ticket now. If an inspector gets on they’ll scan your card with a handheld scanner and it’ll show you’ve tapped in.
  12. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins Temporary Servalan

    Wow - modern technology eh? :D
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  13. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Innit :D

    Another thing to bear in mind is that now if you get 2 buses within the course of an hour you only get charged for 1 journey. You still need to tap in with the same card on both buses though.
  14. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins Temporary Servalan

    Awesome!! :D
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  15. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins Temporary Servalan

    What a time to be alive :D
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  16. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    The city's paved with gold mate :D
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  17. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins Temporary Servalan

    Not sure I'd go that far....seems to be paved with pigeon shit and fags ends where I am :D
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  18. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    And chicken bones. Never forget the chicken bones :D
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  19. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    fairly sure that includes the croydon tram thing as well if you should have to go to croydon :(
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  20. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    You can make as many journeys as you like within the hour Hopper fare
    It includes trams.
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