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Just when I thought I understood Oyster/Travelcard

Jul 17th, 2011, 07:15 AM
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Just when I thought I understood Oyster/Travelcard

I intend to purchase two 7 day Travelcards at Victoria Station to take advantage of the 2 for 1 offers. I understood that the Travelcards issued at the train station are paper, and so are the 2 for 1 vouchers. Then I ran across this advice "Travelcards can be loaded onto Oyster cards and work perfectly well for travel but are useless for the 2 for 1 promotion."
So my question is, can I ask that the Travelcard be loaded onto an oyster card at the train station so we're not dealing with flimsy Travelcards along with paper vouchers all week?
Thanks.
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Jul 17th, 2011, 07:18 AM
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NO only paper cards work. Figure out if the 2 for 1 offers are worth it to you. There are seldom any that I want. Obviously you are not reading the article correctly . It clearly states travelcards loaded on an Oyster are not good for the 2 for 1 promotions!
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Jul 17th, 2011, 07:21 AM
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OK. I must have misunderstood. Thanks.
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Jul 17th, 2011, 09:04 AM
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3Doxens: Avalon's answer is correct for what you asked -- but if you give more details, the answer might be different.

For instance . . . How are you getting to Victoria station? By any chance are you flying in/out of Gatwick? If so, you don't need to deal w/ a paper travelcard. If you take the Southern Train (not Gatwick Express) to Victoria, your R-T ticket is all you'd need for the 2-for-1 deals, and then you'd be able to use Oysters for transport in London.

So tell us more about your itinerary
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Jul 17th, 2011, 04:25 PM
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We plan on taking the tube from Heathrow to our hotel and then walking to the train station to purchase the 7 day Travelcard. We return to Heathrow a week later by private car hire.

I've since found Londontoolkit.com and that is very helpful explaining both Oyster and Travelcard.
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