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Family Pass - Tube/ Getting Around in London

Old Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:51 AM
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Family Pass - Tube/ Getting Around in London

Hi we're heading off in 3 days to London. We will be staying in London 2 nights. Will be arriving in Victoria Station. Need to know if there's a family pass one could buy for 48 hours. If so would the pass let you ride only the tube or includes buses...etc. Need to get around the major sites in downtown London for two adults and two teens.

Thanks so much - tc
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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 12:40 AM
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Can anybody shed some light on this?

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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 01:56 AM
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Sorry. The site http://purchase.londontravelpass.com/index.asp?ref= shows that there are passes for adults and for children, but one by one, not for a family. They do indeed cover tubes, busses, and very local trains.

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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 04:08 AM
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There is no longer a family ticket for public transport in London, but children can travel free in some circumstances:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/fares-tick...06/index.shtml

Which is the best option has been done to death on these boards over the last few months, but basically, don't pay case for single tickets. The magic words are Travelcard, for zones 1 and 2 (this should cover almost anywhere you're likely to go). For 48 hours, I wouldn't worry about Oyster, which is an electronic payment system you can load value on to in different ways.

Ben Haines's link is, I think, to a commercial organisation that may offer a package of concessions to attractions to may or may not wish to visit along with getting Travelcards for you. You can just as easily get them when you get to London. You will probably find the ticket booths pretty crowded at Victoria, but you can buy by credit card at machines (if you have a 4-digit PIN on your card). If you're coming from Gatwick, you may be able to buy London Travelcards when you buy your train ticket to London.
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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 04:36 AM
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Apologies for typos:

...don't pay cash for single tickets..

..attractions you may or may not wish to visit...
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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 04:39 AM
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Patrick...

One glaring error in your post...

The vending machines will take credit cards (as do all other merchants) without a pin a chip the old fashioned way. Only those holding a chip and pin card, which is now required for cards issued by UK banks, are required to use a pin. I use my old fasioned credit card in the vending machines all the time no pin needed.
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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 05:59 AM
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Thanks for that, I'd forgotten (if I ever knew) about that - even easier, then.
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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 06:40 AM
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In Spring/summer they made some changes...you might want to check out the transport page for more information
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/press-cent...t.asp?prID=718

I know that one traveler had a 16 year old and they paid 1 pound a day for their travel...but I also know that after 9am on weekdays children (under 11) travel free on tube and always on buses...so you may just need to buy a 3 day travelcard for your self and spouse and then two of the 1 pound cards...just not sure how it worked..but it's very inexpensive now with their free travel for under 16's....I called TFL and they were very helpful so if you can't find the answer, give them a ring.

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