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Totally baffled by the blurb, am in london for 5 days end of May mainly Zone 1+2 (the touristy things) which would be better oyster or travelcard.

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1. Re: oyster v travelcard

Oystercard is a means of holding the means for paying for travel within London, therefore you can have Travelcards on Oystercards.

For a 5 day stay a 7 day Zone 1-2 Travelcard is the best option whether it is on an Oystercard or as a paper Travelcard. This will cover 90% of what most tourists will want to see.

Other questions that need answering - how are you getting to & from London and is 'I' 'I' or 'we'?

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2. Re: oyster v travelcard

As Alanrow says you need to provide more info if you are going to get the right answer.

Generally if you are travelling 5 days or more out of 7 then the 7 day Travelcard is best.

If you have a return ticket by train to London then you have access to the 2 for 1 promotion for the 'touristy' things like the Tower of London, London Eye and you can buy your 7 day Travelcard anywhere, it will probaly physically come on an Oyster Card

If you have kids or are travelling down other than by train there are reasons why you will want to buy your Travelcard from a mainline railway station, not elsewhere like an Underground Station. This would allow you access to the 2 for 1 promotion and child fare 7 day Travelcards without buying a £10 id card.

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3. Re: oyster v travelcard

I try to understand from answers to other people questions but can't!!! Sorry if it's so simple for you, but I am still confused. I don't know what is zones 1 or 2. We are the family of 3 adults coming to Heathrow on the morning of Aug.2, 2011, staying in Holiday Inn Express Limehouse and leaving by Eurostar to Paris on Aug. 5. The question is: what should we buy at Heathrow to get to the HI Limehouse, to run around london from August 2 to 5, and then to get to St.Pancras station? Did I understand correctly that some of these Cards cover museums' admissions?

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4. Re: oyster v travelcard

Easy answer first: most of London's museums have free admission, with a charge for some specific exhibitions or events.

What you may have seen discussed in many threads are the two for one offers shown at www.daysoutguide.co.uk In order to use the offers (the FAQ link is at the bottom of the home page, scroll down for it) you must have either a rail ticket for travel to London or Travelcards for use in London but sold at a National Rail station. You must also have vouchers, one for each two people using each offer (you may use as many vouchers at as many sights and attractions as you wish).

There isn't a National Rail station at Heathrow, so you'll either need to buy single tickets for the journey from LHR to Limehouse or buy Oyster cards for PAYG use for a slightly cheaper fare from the airport to your destination. You may also use single tickets for the journey from Limehouse to St Pancras, but if you have a very early departure may wish to book a taxi instead.

One day off peak Travelcards for zones 1 and 2 cost £6.60 (off peak travel starts after 0930 on weekdays). With those Travelcards you will have unlimited use of the Underground, DLR, Overground and National Rail services in the paid for zones plus bus use in all zones.

Liimehouse c2c station does sell the right National Rail-issued Travelcards for use with the two for one offers - DLR-issued tickets won't work with the offers.

And thinking of the journey from LHR to Limehouse, there is a way to make the journey step free by taking a bit more time. Rather than take the Underground to Tower Hill and the DLR from Tower Gateway, consider this option (and see the links below for DLR and Tube maps).

Board any Piccadilly line train towards Cockfosters from any of the three Underground stations at Heathrow. Sit near the rear of the train if possible. About 40 minutes later alight from the train at Green Park and take the escalator up to the ticket hall - but don't leave the station. From the ticket hall take two more escalators down to the Jubilee line platforms, and board a train towards Stratford.

Alight from the Jubilee line train at Canning Town and make the change by escalator to a westbound DLR train towards Bank or Tower Gateway, either will do, for the short journey to Limehouse.

tfl.gov.uk/assets/…standard-tube-map.pdf

tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/dlr-route-map.pdf

tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…limehouse-12120.pdf

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5. Re: oyster v travelcard

@dcgirl

You should find the map below useful, it shows zones 1-6 marked in bold black.

tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/oyster-rail-serv…

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6. Re: oyster v travelcard

dcgirl_10,

>>> What is zones 1 or 2?

Look at the two maps below (the tube map and the full Oyster services map). You see the zones, starting in the center (z1) and then rings of zones heading out of London (z2-z6). Limehouse is in zone 2, and apart from the journey in from Heathrow, you'll likely not go out of zones 1 and 2 during your stay.

tfl.gov.uk/assets/…standard-tube-map.pdf

tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/oyster-rail-serv…

>>> To get from Heathrow to HIE Limehouse?

Get Oyster cards loaded with £10 pay as you go. This will get you from LHR to the hotel. Also, as you're arriving at 11am, and won't have much of a full day's sightseeing on 8/2, use the Oyster card for the remainder of that day. You won't be charged more than £8 for the whole day.

>>> To run around London from Aug 3 to 5 and get to St. Pancras?

If you want to use the 2-4-1 offers, get one day zone 1-2 paper travelcards from a national rail station. For you, Limehouse railway station (right by the DLR station) is very close by. You can either get them every morning, or almost certainly in one go on the 2nd. This will also allow you to get to St. Pancras on 5th.

>>> Did I understand correctly that some of these Cards cover museums' admissions?

As mentioned above, the national rail travel cards qualify you for the 2-4-1 offers at some attractions (thats 2 for the price of one ticket). Only national rail issued cards are valid for 2-4-1, not Oyster and not tube station issued paper travelcards. See below.

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london

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