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Please review what I have found about public transportation in London.

We need coverage for 9 days; almost all of our destinations will be in zones 1 and 2. We have a ride from the airport to our apartment. I don't want to buy online because they demand dates, and I don't trust the airline to get us there on time. I'm also not enthusiastic about putting a deposit on an oyster card, to have it returned in the form of a check in a currency that will be useless once we get it.

I looked at getting oyster cards, or visitor oyster cards, or travelcards. All options seem to cover the same types of transportation.

The oyster cards appear to give a 10% discount on some river cruises, and apparently caps your daily expense at the equivalent of a one-day travel card. And they apparently do or don't refund your deposit, but if so it is a check written in GBP, which would be difficult to negotiate in Ohio.

The travel card comes in a seven day variety, covering zones 1 to 6, and not restricted during rush hours, for 55.60 GBP. It also gives a 30% discount on some river cruises. And gives you access for the 2 for 1 coupons, some of which are for places we will actually want to see. There is also a one day travel card for zones 1 and 2, not valid during rush hours, for 7.30 GBP. Apparently you need to go to certain railroad stations to get this, and have passport photographs, which we do.

It seems to me that getting the seven day travel card, and two one day travel cards, is the better option. Did I miss something?

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