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Travelcards worth it?

Edison, New Jersey
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Travelcards worth it?

Hi, tripadvisor forum! This summer, I am going to London for 4.5 days with my family (2 adults, and 18 year old student and a 13 year old). I was planning to take advantage of the 2-4-1 deals rather than the London Pass, to see the Tower Bridge exhibition and possibly Hampton Court Palace, and some sort of river cruise.

One thing is for certain: we won't need the 2-4-1 deals every day. We are also going to take the train one day to Watford Junction (to do the Harry Potter Studio tour), so we will have eligible train tickets for one day. Is it still worth it to buy a 7-day travelcard? We will be doing a fair amount of traveling on a tube, at least twice a day, but would it be better to just get a (non-visitor's) Oyster card?

Thanks for reading!

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1. Re: Travelcards worth it?

Four off peak one day Travelcards for zones 1 and 2 will cost £7 each for the adults. A seven day card for zones 1 and 2, with no time of day constraints, will cost £30.40. Buy them at a National Rail station and you may use them for the two for one offers each day of the cards' validity period along with travel in London.

'We are also going to take the train one day to Watford Junction ... so we will have eligible train tickets for one day.' Only partly right. The two for one offers are for rail travel *to* London so rail tickets from Watford Junction to London Euston will be valid, but as above, so are NR-issued paper Travelcards.

Your 13 year old's seven day card will cost £15.20. Travelcards are good value in and of themselves; coupled with the two for one offers they are even better value.

You will need to buy separate rail tickets for the journey from Euston to Watford Junction and from Waterloo to Hampton Court station. Check www.nationalrail.co.uk for your travel dates as if you travel off peak you will be eligible for GroupSave fares.

Please look to the Top Questions about London on the right side of this page and read the article called 2-4-1 Travelcards, Step by Step, for more information about what you'll need for the seven day card purchase. Let us know where you've booked to stay and we'll suggest the nearest rail station for purchase of the necessary paper tickets.

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2. Re: Travelcards worth it?

As far as I am aware you do not need to purchase a travel card you only need to purchase a national rail ticket INTO london to claim the offer so you could always buy single tickets to and from Watford rather then a return and that should suffice?

Here is the link to the nation rail 2-1 FAQ's

http://m.daysoutguide.co.uk/faq.aspx#1

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3. Re: Travelcards worth it?

<<could always buy single tickets to and from Watford rather then a return >>

You obviously haven't looked at price of those single tickets - they cost a lot more than a travelcard

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4. Re: Travelcards worth it?

Ive just looked and A return to Watford for today is £18.40 2 single tickets is £18.70 not much difference really and you can't use a travel card to Watford junction only Watford tube station and even then you will pay more as it is in a special zone 7 just outside zone 6. If would get rid of the need to buy a costly weekly paper travel card and they can just use a oyster for the few days travel they require?

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5. Re: Travelcards worth it?

If the OP doesn't want to buy 7-day travelcards they can also buy one-day travelcards* for the days they wish to use 2FOR1. No need to faff around trying to buy obscure single-journey tickets.

* from a NATIONAL RAIL station, of course!

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6. Re: Travelcards worth it?

'return to Watford for today is £18.40 '

If the four of them are travelling together it will be £19.60 for 4 persons on the groupsave offer. And a return from Euston to Watford Junction is £9.80 for one person - off peak fares quoted

Edison, New Jersey
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7. Re: Travelcards worth it?

Thanks for all the quick replies! We are staying in Camden town, and on our way from Heathrow to the hotel we will stop at King's Cross to buy travelcards. Is it possible to buy 1-day travelcards a few days in advance at King's Cross? After looking at this article (tripadvisor.com/Travel-g2691242-d2147749/Lea…), I've decided to just use the Oyster card to Watford, which is even cheaper than groupsave from Euston to Watford (4.50 one way).

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8. Re: Travelcards worth it?

Ive decided to just use the Oyster card to Watford, which is even cheaper than groupsave from Euston to Watford (4.50 one way).

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If you get an oyster card specifically just for this you also have to pay an extra £5 per card as deposit, then queue to get it refunded. Hardly seems worth the effort.

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9. Re: Travelcards worth it?

The groupsave fare of £19.60 is the return fare for the 4 of you. Oyster at £4.50 each way works out at £9.00 per adult so £27 for the 3 adults plus the fare for the child.

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10. Re: Travelcards worth it?

Alright, thanks for the help!