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London Pass or Travelcard or Oyster card

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London Pass or Travelcard or Oyster card

Can you help me out to understand these three options?

I am arriving in London next Sunday...I know last minute!! There for 6 nights.

Planning on staying in London area for most of time, thinking of Bath on Londonwalks for Thursday, so need to get to Paddington station.

Plan to go to Greenwich, Buckingham Palace, Harrod's, Covent Garden, British Museum. Some with fees others not. Are these in zone 1-2 from my location, staying at Citizen M, near Tate Modern?

What should I do regarding purchasing one of these cards? Where do you purchase them, pick up in London?

Can you get some of this at the airport?

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1. Re: London Pass or Travelcard or Oyster card

Are you traveling solo, or with someone?

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Solo

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You haven't said where you are arriving, London has six main airports.

Assuming you're arriving at Heathrow, go to the underground station that serves the terminal you arrive in (clearly signposted). At the station, get an Oyster card (£5deposit, refundable if you choose to return the card). Onto that ask for 'a one week zones 1&2 travelcard' (£30.40) plus '£10 PAYG credit'.

The travelcard will cover all your travels within London (the places you listed are all z1/2). Heathrow is zone 6, but you use the PAYG credit for that journey (£3 off peak or £5 peak).

You need a separate rail ticket for Bath. If you want to travel in morning peak hour, the walk up fare to Bath is eye watering. Look at the FGW site for an 'advance' ticket - but note these tickets are completely inflexible, so you must be sure of your travel plan.

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Thanks, yes arriving Heathrow. Can you get oyster card at any station?

Thoughts on the travel card london pass?

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5. Re: London Pass or Travelcard or Oyster card

The travel option with the London Pass covers zones 1-6. Most of London's attractions are located in zones 1-2, so that would not be a very good value.

Many of London's attractions, such as the museums you list, are free, so the London Pass is of questionable value to you.

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+1 to what rcspeirs said. A seven day Travelcard for zones 1 and 2 with a bit of PAYG money for the Oyster excess fare from (and to) Heathrow will be the business.

There are planned works on the Piccadilly line next weekend that will mean a slightly different route from airport to your hotel. In other circumstances I'd say take the Piccadilly line to Green Park, nip up the escalator to the ticket hall then down another for a Jubilee line train towards Stratford, alight at Southwark (a step free station) for the short walk to the hotel.

But there will be no Piccadilly line service between Hammersmith and King's Cross next Sunday. In that case, alight at Hammersmith and take an eastbound District line train towards Tower Hill (where they will be terminating because of planned works). Alight at Blackfriars and take the escalator up to the ticket hall. You may walk across Blackfriars Bridge or use the ticket hall exit on the south side of the river. You may also take the 45, 63 or 100 from stop K tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/blac… to stop SC if you wish. tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/sout…

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As LauraRW said, the London Pass is of questionable value, given the list of places you want to go and things you want to do. The London Pass itself give you admission to various sights in London, and can certainly provide a savings, but you need to do a lot of homework first. Decide which places you want to see, and then compare the regular admission (if any - many museums are free) to the cost of the London Pass.

Hoogo has generated a spread sheet that lists regular admission, and is useful for determining if you want to use 2 for 1 offers, but that won't work for you as a solo visitor. But the prices for regular admission are listed, and which attractions are covered by the LP, so search the forum for Hoogo's spreadsheet. Then do the math.

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