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Travelcard vs Oyster card HELP

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Travelcard vs Oyster card HELP

We are going to London for 10 days in September. What is the difference between the Travelcard and Oyster card? I'm so confused. it is our first time there and we will probably do all the touristy sightseeing things.

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1. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster card HELP

Oyster is a smartcard, on which you load credit and it is charged on a pay as you go (PAYG) basis. It has a daily price cap, equivalent to the cost of a one day travelcard, so you never spend more than a travelcard. You may also "load" a 7 day travelcard onto Oyster, which means you pay the 7-day TC up front, and then all journeys made within the TC's zones are "free". You may combine travelcards and PAYG, so that if you go outside the allocated zones without having to pay for those journeys separated in cash.

A (paper) travelcard is a ticket that allows you unlimited travel on bus, tube, train within the paid-for zones. They come in 1 day and 7 day formats. They're not as flexible as Oyster, because if you travel outside the paid-for zones you have to buy cash tickets.

As you are staying in London for 10 days, make sure you get a 7 day travelcard. For zones 1-2 these cost £27.60 (equivalent to £3.95 per day), whereas the 1 day TC or PAYG cap comes to at least £6.60 per day.

If you are interested in the 2-4-1 offers from daysoutguide, you will need to have the paper travelcards issues at a national rail station, as Oyster and tube station travelcards aren't accepted for this promotion. You may lose some of the flexibility of Oyster, but you could make big savings with discounts at London attractions. Below are some useful links about 2-4-1 and the correct travelcards.

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

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g186338-c133479/Londo…

maps.google.com/maps/ms…

Edited: 29 July 2011, 20:41
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2. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster card HELP

A Travelcard is a multi-use pass valid on all transport services within the stated zones, valid for one or more days.

An Oyster Card is Transport for London's smartcard - i.e. just a delivery system. It can hold a Travelcard as well as cash value.

It would be worthwhile telling us where you are going to be staying and what you intend to do. A Travelcard issued by a National Rail operator - e.g. South West Trains - gets 2-for-1 discounts on many sights, which you CANNOT claim with a TfL-issued pass on Oyster.

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3. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster card HELP

Thank you so much!

I will check out those web sites.

So, with the travelcard, you can get a 2 for 1 at some places, but not with the travelcard on the Oyster card?

We will be staying in Kensington. We will be doing the usual Westminster Abby, Big Ben, Tower of London, The Globe, Buckingham Palace, British Museum and maybe a day trip to Windsor. My husband loves history so we might do another day trip.

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>>So, with the travelcard, you can get a 2 for 1 at some places, but not with the travelcard on the Oyster card? <<

Correct.

Travelcard issued on a paper ticket at a rail station - valid for the 2 for 1.

Travelcard issued on an Oyster Card - not valid for the 2 for 1.

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5. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster card HELP

Just to clarify -

The ONLY form of travelcard acceptable for 2-4-1 is the paper travelcard issued at a National Rail station, and on orange and cream national rail ticket paper - …wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/London…

Oyster is not valid, but also NOT valid are paper travelcards issued by tube stations or Transport for London (TFL) outlets, which are on pink (or green) TFL paper.

NOT valid - …wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fb/London_Unde…

NOT Valid - visitbritainshop.com/ImageCache/Products/280…

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Victoria will very likely be the nearest National Rail station for the purchase of the right paper Travelcards, but please let us know where in Kensington you've booked so we can tell you with certainty.

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"So, with the travelcard, you can get a 2 for 1 at some places, but not with the travelcard on the Oyster card? "

No, nor with paper Travelcards issued at Tube stations - your Travelcard has to be issued at a train station booking office as the train companies rather than Transport for London are the ones making the offers.

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8. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster card HELP

We just returned from London and learned a few more things that may help:

- The Oystercard is slightly more convenient in that you simply lay it on the card reader versus inserting the Travelcard in a little slot and waiting for it to come out from another little slot. Helps during the rush hour crunch.

- The Oystercard requires a £5 deposit, and although you can turn in the card to get your £5 refunded, this is permissible only at the window in certain stations.

- Thames Clippers gave us the 30% Travelcard discount because our Oystercards had a 7-day Travelcard loaded on them. We didn't try for any 2-4-1 discounts.

- We could not get Oystercards for our kids (this required advance purchase on the website) so had to buy them Travelcards.

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Thanks to all of you

I very well might have gotten a Travelcard just anywhere and would have been disappointed that it did not have the 2-4-1 deals.

We will be staying on Queensbury Place in South Kennsington. So where would it be best to purchase our Travelcard. Travelcard sounds like our best deal. We will avoid taking the tube during rush hour if at all possible.

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10. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster card HELP

It also depends on the zones you are planning to travel to. We purchased 7-day anytime zone 1-3 oyster card for 39GBP per person. I think it made our lives so much easier. You don't have to worry about running out of $$. If you are just planning to check out Big Ben/Westminister/Tower of London/Globe, Zone 1 to 3 should be enough to cover. Keep in mind that if you are leaving or arriving from Heathrow Airport, it's 5BGP for one-way in/out to central London, because it's in Zone 6.

You can get the 5GBP refunded to you when you get to the airport's underground's office. All the assistance office at the airport will refund you the money.