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Cheapest not fastest Heathrow to city

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Cheapest not fastest Heathrow to city

Hi I am going cross eyed reading so many posts on too many options.

Not in a hurry to reach City at midday.

Staying in hostel next to St Pauls.

I thought a bus would give me a good look about.

OR do I buy a Oyster card for the return Heathrow / City/ Heathrow adding ? pounds

then buying a Travel card for use within zones 1&2 for the 7 days I am in London.

Thank you in advance for all the good info you all give.

Edited: 14 January 2013, 06:45
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1. Re: Cheapest not fastest Heathrow to city

For a seven day stay in central London buy a seven day Travelcard on arrival at Heathrow. On the presumption that you're booked to stay in zone 1 or 2 the card for those zones will cost £30.40. Add PAYG money for the journey from the airport to the boundary of zone 2; that will be £1.50 since you'll make the journey off peak (after 0930 on a wekday).

The Travelcard will be sold to you loaded on an Oyster card; the total price will include the refundable £5 deposit. If you want to travel outside the paid for zones you may add a bit more PAYG money during your stay; touch in at a Tube ticket machine and follow the on screen instructions.

Your Travlcard will be good for unlimited use on the Underground, Overground, DLR and National Rail services in zones 1 and 2 and red buses in zones 1 - 6.

If you would like the Travelcard to start on arrival day then at the Underground ticket window ask the agent for 'a seven day Travelcard for zones 1 and 2, please, to start today, the 16th, and one pound fifty pay as you go money'. You'll pay £36.90 for Travelcard and PAYG money loaded on a shiny new Oyster card, ready for use.

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That is an amazingly clear reply.You have saved many sleepless nights!!!!!Many thanks

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And if its the hostel in Carter Lane, take the Piccadilly Line to Holborn, change on to the eastbound Central Line for 2 stops to St Pauls. Up the escalator and take the right hand exit and you will see St Pauls behind you. Head for the cathedral and turn right along the perimeter of St Pauls until you come to the front entrance and a pedestrianised forecourt. Cross over Ludgate Hill and down Deans Court by the Strada restaurant. Carter Lane is at the bottom on the right and the hostel is about 20 yards along

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We too will be travelling to London in July.

I have checked out the transport for london website (http://www.tfl.gov.uk), this will give you the tube map. Heathrow is on the Piccadilly line, follow the instructions given by dicanio 10 above to get there.

On the tfl site, in the centre of the page is a 'Find a Station" Search bar. Type in Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 (the ones used most), down the bottom of the page, there is a link to PDF timetables. Download from the first link, not the "First & Last" link, then select "Towards Cockfosters Underground Station". Then you will have the full timetable for the journey. Save this as a PDF, and you can take it with you on your android, or tablet for future reference (or print it out). Then do the same for the return journey LHR is on the Piccadilly line, so make sure you choose this line.

Go to the Visit Britain website (http://www.visitbritainshop.com/), choose your country of residence, and then you will be directed to the site for all your travel/sightseeing info.

We are looking at getting the Oyster card prior to us travelling, as when we arrive, we will not need to find a ticket office, ATM?Cash Point, or queue for ages. An Oyster card does not expre, so if you want to travel to the UK again, you can still use it, or give it to friends to use, and they can top it up for their trip.

Here is the Australian link for the Oyster card with all the information visitbritainshop.com/australia/travel-transp… It is the same info for all the countries listed.

Disclaimer: I am in no way related to or work for any of the compnaies I have provided links for, so please do your own checking of the info. Sue

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Tushka - please do NOT buy an Oystercard in advance. Not only will this not be eligible for a refund should you want one, but you cannot add a travelcard as outlined by TP, so will work out more expensive, and you will have to pay package and postage. Since you pass the ticket office right by the platform, you will have no problem finding it.

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Sue,

Buying an Oyster Card in advance is not required. Also, unless you need to know the first and last tube times, neither is a timetable. The services are very frequent. If you want to know what stations you are coming up to/passing, either follow the multiple maps and indicators ion the tube or pick up a tube map when you buy the Oyster Card.

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dicanio's directions from St Paul's station to the hostel (I missed that it is your destination) are tip top but the change at Holborn involves stairs down plus an escalator, and there are stairs up from ticket hall to street level at St Paul's station.

If you would like to avoid stairs altogether, take the Piccadilly line train to Hammersmith, alight and walk across the platform for an eastbound District line train. Alight from that train at Blackfriars and take the escalator up to the ticket hall (at street level). Turn right out of the station, walk up New Bridge Street to Ludgate Circus, turn right and walk up Ludgate Hill (admire the view) to Deans Court.

Alternately, take the Piccadilly line to King's Cross (escalator up to the ticket hall and lift up to the way out at Euston Road) and from bus stop H in Caledonian Road (maybe two minutes' walk from the station) take the 17 towards London Bridge. tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/king… Alight at stop G in Ludgate Hill tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…blackfriars-a4.pdf and tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…mansion-house.pdf

As above, there is no benefit in buying any transport tickets in advance, rather the disadvantage of spending more than you need do and not being able to load a seven day Travelcard on the Visitor Oyster card.

Underground trains run every nine to 11 minutes from Heathrow terminals, no need for timetables.

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Good info. MF

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