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Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

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Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

Hi All

Visiting London for the 1st time on a single day visit.

Plan to get a one day Adult Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £8.80

I can buy a TravelCard for paper ticket £8.80 and have it mailed to me in advance for a certain date

If I buy the day I visit in London, it will be put on an Oyster Card

Oyster Card is £37 to buy

Oyster Card is £5 to borrow for a day. => "If you buy a 7 Day Travelcard from a Tube station, Oyster Ticket Stop or London Travel Information Centre when you get to London, it will be issued to you on an Oyster Card. (A £5 deposit is payable when you get an Oyster card)."

??? What do you all suggest ???

!!! Thanks in Advance !!!

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1. Re: Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

< Oyster Card is £37 to buy >

You can't "buy" Oystercards, you pay a £5 deposit for them plus each cash (PAYG) for individual journeys or a 7 day or longer Travelcard.

£37 sounds like a 7 day zone 1-2 Travelcard

Don't buy in advance, there's little point especially if "I" is "we" and you want to use the 2-4-1 offers

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2. Re: Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

Your figures are a bit awry. Oysters have a £5 refundable deposit. You can load with pay as you go - for one day £10 would be enough. Any unused PAYG and the deposit can be returned at the end.

Or you can get one day travelcards from any tube station (or rail station if you want the 241 offers). £7.30 off peak/ £8.80 peak. Both are issued on paper but only the latter are valid for the offers.

daysoutguide.co.uk/attraction-types/2for1lon…

There is no point getting anything sent in advance.

Where are you arriving/departing and staying? May affect advice.

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3. Re: Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

bobnsofi,

No, you're completely misunderstanding how Oyster cards work. You don't buy a ONE day travelcard loaded onto Oyster. You use the Oyster pay as you go (PAYG) credit, and once you've used the equivalent of a one day travelcard for the zones in which you're traveling your PAYG spend is capped**, i.e. you don't spend any more. So, you could spend less than a one day card but never more. And, when you return the Oyster to get your £5 deposit refunded, any unused PAYG credit is refunded too. It's only seven day (or more) travelcards that can be loaded onto Oyster as they're pre-paid season tickets.

If you're planning to be in London for just one day a paper one day travelcard may well be the most convenient. But, let us know your full plans for arrival and departure (day/date, time, how you arrive/depart, how you plan to get into the city center). But, in any case is there a need to mail order a one day travelcard? You can buy them very easily in London at tube stations, railway stations and many convenience stores.

(** - actually for this year the daily cap is slightly less than the cost of a one day paper travelcard)

Edited: 04 July 2013, 18:16
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4. Re: Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

Yes, please tell us how you are arriving in and departing from London, as other travel products may be better suited to your needs.

For instance, if you are staying outside London and getting the train in for the day, you can get a one-day travelcard from you originating station - and it will almost certainly be good for the 2FOR1 offers.

So more info, please.

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5. Re: Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

You should buy no London transport tickets in advance. Not only will you pay over the odds for post and packing of a bit of card, there is no monetary advantage in doing so.

'Oyster card is £37 to buy.' Please, just for reference's sake, tell us where you read this. It's - and this is not directed to you - such a ludicrous sentence, I'm curious to know who is passing off such wilful misinformation. Even adding the refundable £5 deposit to the cost of a seven day card for zones 1 and 2 that's only £35.40, so £37 is an extremely obscure figure.

If you really will be in London for one day only then a one day Travelcard, whether peak or off peak, will be good value. As above, let us know more about your plans.

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6. Re: Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

Buy a one day ticket

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Buy a one day ticket

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8. Re: Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

Hi all, thanks for your advise. A bit confusing when you try to research, having never been to London. We are porting at Dover off a cruise ship on Sat Sept. 9/7/13. Plan to take the high speed train into London ($32 pp each way, 1+ hr). Plan to do this self guided walking/bus tour (rather than the HOHO)

londonforfree.net/outdoors/…bustour.shtml

So, bottom line... buy (rent) the Oyster at Alondon station, and head out on our self guided tour?

Return the Oyster Card before heading back to Dover?

After the walking tour, thought it would be great to share a pint with the locals in Dover ( a non tourist inexpensive working folk family pub). Any suggestions on that topic? Perhaps race back to Dover, just in case of train delay, and find a pub there?

Edited: 05 July 2013, 05:48
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9. Re: Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

bobnsofi,

Thanks for the follow up information.

A same day return on Southeasten High Speed from Dover to St Pancras costs £37pp, not £32pp each way. As you're doing this on a Saturday then off peak returns apply to all trains.

Furthermore, if you buy a combination train ticket/one day travelcard that costs £41. That's your same day return train ticket to London and all public transportation within London for the day. No need to worry about Oyster or buying a separate one day travelcard when you get to London.

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10. Re: Oyster Card for single day visit ??? $~EXPENSIVE~$ ???

The link you provided indicates a tour that starts at Piccadilly Circus, but if you were to make the tour you would need to travel from St Pancras to Piccadilly Circus, a not too arduous trip on the Underground or number 10, 73 or 390 and number 14 buses.

With a short day in London you might not have time to go to Kensington Palace (not massively interesting from the exerior in any event) and Royal Albert Hall. Consider taking the 59 or 91 from stop A in Euston Road to the Aldwych, and changing there to the number 15 to the Tower. tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…kingscross.pdf tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/aldw… You may alight at St Paul's if you wish or carry on to the Tower. tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…st-pauls.pdf The RV1 across Tower Bridge is handy for the South Bank to County Hall and the Eye. tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/towe… tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…county-hall-a4.pdf

From Aldwych south side you may take the 11 or 87 to Parliament Square for Big Ben and Westminster Abbey or the number 9 towards Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge. tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…westminster-a4.pdf tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/hyde… The 14, 74 and 414 from Hyde Park Corner will take you to Horrids, if you want to have a look.

The 74 from South Kensington will take you back towards Baker Street via Marble Arch. tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/sout… tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…marblearch-a4.pdf

With these spider maps you can decide how much of the tour suggested in the link you've provided you would like to take and go from there. Traffic on a September Saturday shouldn't be as heavy as during the week, but be prepared for slow going at times and consider alternate routings if necessary.