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Chatham to London, 3-days, 4-adults

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Chatham to London, 3-days, 4-adults

We're 4-adults staying with friends in Chatham. Since they're locals, dont seem to know the best way to travel for tourists via the Tube etc.

We'll enter/exit the London system via Dartford (Crayford being the first stop in Zone 6) for 3-days.

I have reviewed the extensive information on the London pub. transit website and it's confusing to determine the most economical way to move about.




Entering/exiting outside Zone 6

Your experience and knolwedge is greatly appreciated.

Will off-peak and peak travel times be problematic for us?


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1. Re: Chatham to London, 3-days, 4-adults

I presume a Chatham local will answer this for you. Until they do, my preliminary search shows trains from Chatham station to either Charing Cross or Victoria. The journeys take approximately 1 hour, except for some services to Victoria that take less than 45 minutes.

A day travelcard for this journey (off-peak travel) costs £17, if you want to include a travelcard (unlimited travel on London buses and Tube), or £11 without.

There is also a Friends & Family railcard that you can buy for £24 (valid for 1 year), but which will save up to 4 adults 1/3 off the off-peak fare. You'd save the £6 each you'd contribute to the rail card on your first journey (assuming you buy the £17 day return ticket with travelcard).

Others will have other/better suggestions, perhaps.

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2. Re: Chatham to London, 3-days, 4-adults

I'm not sure why you are considering Crayford - there is a fast, frequent service from Chatham to Victoria (about 45 minutes) on the train. From there you could get a 3 day travelcard (from the overground station if you want 241 offers) for zones 1&2 about £18. Travelcards are valid for all at all times. Peak train services between London and Chatham are before 9.30 am.

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3. Re: Chatham to London, 3-days, 4-adults

One point, in case you get confused about Oyster...

You will not be able to use an Oyster card on the train from Crayford or Dartford to London. Oyster pay-as-you-go is not valid on those trains. Oyster Travelcards *are* valid, but as you here only for 3 days, any Travelcard you get will be on paper, not on Oyster.

Apologies if you already know that. Also apologies if I have just added to the confusion!

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4. Re: Chatham to London, 3-days, 4-adults

Yes as stated it takes 45 mins from Chatham to Victoria, make sure you get the trains that only stop at Rochester & Bromley South (or just Bromley South), these are quite regular. The slower train with more stops takes an extra 30 mins. Don't go via Dartford as this is a slow journey with lots of stops. If you're doing day trips you can get One Day Travelcards from Chatham station which is your return train journey plus unlimited Tube travel in zones 1-6 on one ticket.

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5. Re: Chatham to London, 3-days, 4-adults

Even though you are outside of zone 6, you should be able to buy travelcards at your National Rail station, that will cover all public transport in Central London. You don't need to buy a return ticket to 'London' (and from Chatham you can come in to Victoria, but why do that when you have trains that go to Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge or Waterloo East!!) And then stop again to buy your central zone travelcard, just get the card 'all-in-one' at source!! Such a Travelcard will carry the National Rail 'crowsfoot' logo that is essential for using the 2 for 1 vouchers!

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