Last week, Olympics organisers urged those planning London getaways during the Games to consider how they will travel around the city once they arrive.
And one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get around London if you’re planning on staying for a little while is with a pre-paid Oyster card, which can be used to pay for Underground, bus and train services in the city.
And visitors to London during the Olympics and this summer’s other major event – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – can get keep their travel costs down as well as get their hands on a small souvenir of their visit with the launch of two commemorative Oyster cards.
Transport for London (TfL) has announced it is to issue 250,000 Jubilee cards, featuring an official portrait of the monarch, which will be available from mid-May.
Later in the summer, it will release 1.5 million Olympic editions of the card.
The cards will cost the same as a standard Oyster – £5 deposit and £5 credit.
Available from mid-June, the Olympics commemorative card will feature images of sports, the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames and street parties.
Shashi Verma, TfL’s director of customer experience, said: “Transport will play a vital role in bringing people out to see the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee, and in getting people to all of the sporting and cultural events during the London 2012 Games and so it is fitting that we have limited edition Oyster cards that they can use and keep to mark these wonderful, once in a lifetime, occasions.”
It is the second time that TfL has launched limited edition Oyster cards to mark a major event, with 750,000 special cards released for last April’s Royal Wedding.
“Commemorative Oyster cards have been very popular with the travelling public in the past and we are delighted to be able to offer Londoners and visitors the chance to have a special memento of what will be a summer like no other,” added Mr Verma.