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Travelcard and Eurostar---US or UK? Please Help Me Find the Right Way!

Jan 20th, 2007, 06:46 PM
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Travelcard and Eurostar---US or UK? Please Help Me Find the Right Way!

Hello:

I know it's been asked a billion times already BUT here it is again:
Is it cheaper, and/or more convenient, to purchase the tube/bus travelcard in the US or to wait until I arrive in the UK? (going this April w/the spouse and two kids 14 and 18)...ALSO, planning one of those "much disputed" day-trips to Paris and was wondering, as well, should I purchase tickets on the erostar website now or wait 'til in the UK (planning to go to Paris on a Saturday as opposed to a weekday).
Thanks, in advance, for a straight answer
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Jan 20th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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The cheapest way to buy a TfL Travelcard is to get it at a Tube station, and be sure to request that it be loaded on an Oyster card. Here's a brochure describing kids' discounts: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/fares-tick...-discounts.pdf

Nail down your Eurostar tickets as far in advance as possible.
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Jan 20th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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Thanks! What's an Oyster Card? AND, just to clarify, you are saying to go ahead an purchase r/t Paris Eurostar tix from, on the web, from the US?
Thanks again!
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Jan 20th, 2007, 07:51 PM
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An Oyster is the transit pass - it is a card encoded w/ your payment (sort of like a department store gift card in the States - a certain amt is loaded on it and then each time you use it some is deducted. You can load more on if you use up your credit)

Do not buy a transit pass in the States - just ask the tube station agent what you should load on the Oyster for your specific situation.

As for the Eurostar - buy your tix as soon as your dates are firm. It is like air tix - the closer to the date the more expensive they are and walk up fares are the most expensive of all.
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Jan 21st, 2007, 02:54 AM
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I don't think there's much, if any, advantage to buying in advance.

The system's described at
http://www.visitbritaindirect.com/en...il.aspx?ID=190

Looking at what they'e charging in dollars, the base cost for an Oystercard about twice what it is in London, but the add-ons are cheaper (depending on how you judge the exchange rates between now and when you arrive). The exchange rate for pay-as-you-go add-ons is very favourable at today's rate, less so for Travelcards (don't ask me why) but still better than today's rate.

What you're primarily saving is the time queueing on arrival. Without knowing what airport you're arriving at and how long you're staying, it's impossible to say what particular package would suit you. But if you wait until you arrive, and need to get 7-day travelcards, you will automatically get an Oystercard on to which it will be loaded. If you're arriving at an airport outside the London Transport area (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton), transport into London would be a separate cost anyway, and you might as well wait until you get into London and can go to any tube station to get your London Transport tickets or cards.
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Jan 21st, 2007, 05:50 AM
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Hi W,

>should I purchase tickets on the erostar website now or wait 'til in the UK ...<

You can purchase tickets in advance online for about 30 GBP each way.

These tickets sell out fairly quickly.

If yuo wait until you get to the UK, you will probably pay full fare - 130 GBP

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Jan 21st, 2007, 05:42 PM
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thanks for your helpful info
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