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3&half days london - tube passes, oyster?

Sep 1st, 2007, 07:44 AM
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3&half days london - tube passes, oyster?

Hello, We will be arrriving in London on Monday at 8.00am and then departing from Waterloo on Thu 10am.

So on Monday we need to get from Heathrow to Central London, use Tube all day Monday, Tue, Wed and then one way on Thursday to Waterloo all inside zone 1.

What is the best option for Tube Pass/Oyster. Seems very confusing....

Thanks
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Sep 1st, 2007, 10:08 AM
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It isn't, really.

All you need to remember is - don't buy single tickets for cash.

Your options are:

A three-day travelcard: £16.40, plus the add-on for travel from Heathrow. This will also give you one-third off river boat trips.

Or

Oyster pay-as-you-go, which will never cost you more than £6.10 a day if you start travelling before 0930, or £4.10 a day if you start travelling after 0930.

Your trip to Waterloo will cost £1 on Oyster PAYG, £4 if you leave it as a single on the last day.

No great competition, I would think: tell the ticket clerk what you plan to do when you arrive, but I think the answer is to get an Oyster PAYG and put £20 on it.
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Sep 1st, 2007, 10:40 AM
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The Oyster deposit of £3 on a PAYG card is sort of pushing your best option towards getting a 7-day Travelcard loaded on an Oyster, in which case the deposit is waived. If you do, your outlay will be £23.20 for the Travelcard plus an Oyster Fare of £1.80 to get you from Heathrow to Zone 2, where your pass takes over.

Add up all the costs of PAYG and see how the total compares to that. Note that the 7-day Travelcard doesn't cost a premium for peak periods, and the PAYG deposit is refundable (with a little hassle).
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Sep 1st, 2007, 03:03 PM
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And the seven-day travelcard entitles you to 2 for 1 discounts at a number of sites
as I understand it.


http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/
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Sep 1st, 2007, 03:04 PM
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Thanks..

There is a 3-day TC for 16.40. Is the oyster deposit waived for that?
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Sep 1st, 2007, 03:14 PM
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The 3-day travelcard cannot be loaded on an Oyster
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Sep 1st, 2007, 04:23 PM
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If you're spreadsheeting, don't forget to factor in the cash fares from Heathrow to London on Monday, and your hotel to Waterloo on Thursday.

2-day TC - £16.40
LHR to Zone 2 - £3
Waterloo - £4

Total - £23.40 (provided you don't need more transport on Thursday)

That's why I said I'd get a 7-day on Oyster and £1.80 for the airport transfer. And keep the Oyster for next time
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