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Travel to London and Colchester

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Travel to London and Colchester

Hi. I am travelling to London and Colchester in May 2013 second week. Landing at Heathrow and straight heading to Colchester for two nights. Then travelling back to London for three nights. I need some advise whether I should buy a Visitor Oyster Card or a Travel card. Are these cards available at Heathrow airport? Am quite confused with the various options available Pls help.

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1. Re: Travel to London and Colchester

There is no benefit in buying a Visitor Oyster card.

You should book rail tickets now for travel from London Liverpool Street to Colchester; Advance singles are available from £8. Book at www.greateranglia.co.uk Allow an hour for passport control and baggage collection then another hour for the journey from LHR to Liverpool Street station. You should also consider potential delays in arrival and for passport control, so at least three clear hours between scheduled arrival time and train departure time from Liverpool Street. If you prefer a less restricted rail ticket, choose that rather than an Advance fare.

You may buy an Oyster card at Heathrow for the journey from the airport to Liverpool Street station and for travel within London on your return from Colchester. The £5 deposit for the card is refundable when you hand in the card at a Tube ticket office at the end of your stay. Load £30 on the card for three days' travel plus one journey from the airport to the city centre, that should be sufficient.

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2. Re: Travel to London and Colchester

Thanks. You mentioned .."There is no benefit in buying a Visitor Oyster card" and also suggested that I buy a Oyster card at Heathrow... Whats the difference?

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3. Re: Travel to London and Colchester

You're welcome.

Visitor Oyster cards cost £3 and can be loaded with PAYG money only. The £5 deposit for a standard Oyster card is refundable; the cards can hold PAYG money as well as seven day and longer Travelcards if need be.

Buying an Oyster card at a Tube ticket office takes a minute or two. Rather than pay postage for a bit of plastic, buy in London and save a bit of money.

If you would like to keep an Oyster card to lend to a friend or use for a later trip to London, you may do so. PAYG money loaded on the card will stay good until used. If an Oyster isn't activated at least once within a 24 month period (that activation can be as simple as touching in at a Tube ticket machine to check the balance) the card will go into inactive mode, but can be reanimated in seconds by a ticket office agent.

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4. Re: Travel to London and Colchester

Excellent. Thanks

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