London - Day Travel Cards or Oysters?

Old Mar 24th, 2006, 12:13 PM
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London - Day Travel Cards or Oysters?

I've downloaded the London Fares and Tickets guide from www.tfl.gov.uk and am really confused. We'll be there for about 3 days in mid July and then about 3 days at the end of July. We have 2 adults and 1 child. Except for getting to/from STN airport, we plan to do most site seeing in Zones 1 & 2. What type of transportation ticket do we want??
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Old Mar 24th, 2006, 04:02 PM
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I just want to clarify some of what I'm confused about. If I use the Oyster, do I have to get a special one w/a photo for my 7 year old son? How about for the day travelcards, does he need a special photocard if we use travel day cards, instead? The guide I downloaded has a section for the Tube/DLR Oyster and then one for the Bus Oyster. Are there different Oysters for the Tube than for the bus, or does the same one work on both? If I take the Stansted Express Train to Tottenham Hale or Liverpool Street Station, can I purchase whichever I need (Oyster or Travelcards) at those locations?
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Old Mar 24th, 2006, 04:06 PM
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I think the best way to travel in London during three days is to acquire an Oyster Card, load it with enough to cover the daily caps (£3 for bus only, £4.40 for bus + Tube), and go on your merry way - but only walking before 9:30 weekdays.

RE under-11yo traveling with adults (2 paragraphs at the bottom):
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/fares-tick...06/general.asp
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Old Mar 24th, 2006, 05:01 PM
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Thank you Robespierre! That helps so much!
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Old Mar 25th, 2006, 07:12 AM
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If I take the Stansted Express Train to Tottenham Hale or Liverpool Street Station, can I purchase the Oyster Cards at either of those locations?

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Old Mar 25th, 2006, 07:16 AM
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That should be no problem.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/fares-tickets/2006/where.asp
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Old Mar 25th, 2006, 07:22 AM
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Thanks again. I think I'm getting this figured out with your generous help!
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Old Mar 26th, 2006, 07:36 AM
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I have a similar question about the Oyster. I will be arriving at Heathrow on a Sunday afternoon and plan to take the tube into London to Kings Cross. I will leave for York the next day from Kings Cross to go to York but will be coming back into London for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I will be leaving Sunday and need to catch the tube back to Heathrow.
Should I get an oyster and load it with a 3 day zone 1 and 2 pass with extensions for the airport or just get single tickets to/from airport and a paper 3 day pass? I also think that on this trip I want to try using the busses more than the tube so maybe I should purchase single day bus passes instead of the 3 day pass. Any suggestions? (Unfortunately, My budget is a concern!)
Thanks for any help!
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Old Mar 26th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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Buy an Oyster Card (a £3 deposit may apply) and load it with this:

Sunday £5.80 (6-zone bus & Tube)
Monday £.80 (single bus in Zone 1)
Thursday £3
Friday £3
Saturday £3
Sunday £2 (single Tube to LHR)

All of your travel on weekend days will be at the off-peak rate, as will travel after 9:30 on Monday-Friday.

On the £3 days, you can pay £1.40 more for unlimited Tube, or nothing at all if you walk everywhere. Any remainder can be refunded, along with the deposit.
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Robespierre,
Thank-you so much for the reply. I have spent the past few weeks researching for this trip and your name often comes up. Your responses to all of the varied questions are so well thought out and have been enormously helpful. Just wanted to say a personal thanks for all of your assistance!
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