Cheapest London travel

Jan 1st, 2006, 10:38 AM
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Travelcards for a week or a month can still be bought without needing an Oyster card, so long as you go to a National Rail station (any of the main line termini such as Charing Cross, Victoria or Paddington, or a suburban station such as Richmond or Greenwich). It is only Transport for London outlets which no longer sell paper travelcards (except for one-day ones).
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Jan 1st, 2006, 10:46 AM
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xyz - got it now, think the new year celebrations have taken their toll!
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Jan 1st, 2006, 11:06 AM
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Geoff...

Here is what my research I think tells me, correct me if I'm wrong.

For my January trip I will be arriving via Eurostar at Waterloo so presumably I can buy a paper 7 day zone 1 & 2...I will be in London from Friday 13 Jan to Wed 18 January...on Wed 18 January I will be tubing it to Heathrow from a zone 1 station so with the zone 1 & 2 pass, I will need an extension for £3 (cash zones 3-6)....I will then be returning to London on 15 February for a stay till 21 February...at Heathrow I would have no choice but to buy an oystercard for the zones 1-2 with an extension but this time the extension on oyster would be either £1.80 or £1 depending on time of day via oyster.

So it seems that I might as well at this point, bite the bullet and go for oyster...with the £3 deposit being made up by the much cheaper extensions available through the prepaid portion of oyster....

Am I reading the material correctly?
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Jan 1st, 2006, 12:04 PM
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As I understand it if you buy a 7 day (paper) Travelcard from a rail station then you need to obtain a photocard - so bring along a passport sized photo
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Jan 1st, 2006, 12:08 PM
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Not so...about a year and a half ago they dropped the requirement for photocards for 7 day zone 1 and zone 1 &2 cards....
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Jan 1st, 2006, 12:15 PM
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I know that is the case for underground but according to the article at url below not for Travelcards from rail stations:

http://www.answers.com/topic/travelcard

Article seems to be up to date?
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 04:50 PM
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Hi all,
First time actually posting so please don't be impatient if I'm STILL lost here... I was going to buy the 7-Day Zone 1&2 travelcard and a single ticket for the Trip from Heathrow and another Single Ticket back to Heathrow. Is the single ticket different than an extension?? I'm going to purchase ahead of time before I go because I hate queues. Also, is the London Pass a good deal? The "go to the head of the queue at attractions" seems an attractive selling point. THANKS!
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 05:20 PM
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The 2-zone 7-day pass will cost you £22.10, and the extensions (actually single tickets for travel within Zones 3-6) are £3. So your total outlay is £28.10 for the week.

Oyster fares are £1.50 (£2 to Zone 2) with a daily cap of £5.70 (or £4.40 if you don't travel during rush hour) and the extension is £1 off-peak.

So add 'em up. (Also consider the bus, which costs £13.50 for a week.)

The London Pass rarely achieves break-even, but if you do the math and are willing to pay for the ability to cut in line, go for it. Your time on vacation is precious.
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 05:55 PM
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isssdante..

it's different in theory from Paris...you buy the zone 1 & 2 pass and buy an extension which as explained is a single ticket to cover your travel in zones 3-6; but note that on oyster the extension costs £1.80 7 AM to 7 PM weekdays and only £1 other times...might actually pay for the deposit for the oyster card!
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:22 PM
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Thanks everyone. This helps.
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:43 PM
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I generally wouldn't bother w/ the London Pass. First of all, w/ very few exceptions you won't find long queues to get into any of the major tourist attractions. One such exception is the Tower of London -- but you can jump the queue there simply by buying a ticket in a tube station. So queue jumping most places isn't necessary and not a big advantage.

Also - how long are you in London? I ask because all of the main museums/galleries are free. So for most visitors you simply won't be in London long enough to exhaust the free sites to get much value from the London Pass.
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:50 PM
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This isn't (much of) an endorsement for the London Pass, but having a ticket to the Tower doesn't get you in any faster. The longest queues are made up of the hundreds of people who bought their tickets at the Tube station.
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 08:06 PM
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Actually it seems the longest queues at the Tower start at about 1000 weekdays a half hour after people are able to buy the off peak 1 day passes...get there earlier because you have an off peak or 7 day pass and you will find few queues.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:18 AM
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After considering your thoughtful responses, I think I will 'pass' on the London Pass. I was surfing and it came up but didn't know if it was a good buy or not. Seems not so much. Thanks everyone!
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:25 AM
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Watch londonpass.com up until your departure. From time to time, they offer a twofer that really makes it a good deal.

Also, check out http://www.2for1entry.co.uk - some of the deals only require a Tube ticket.
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