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Bus Ticket Machine Question

Hello,

My son is planning to take bus 507 from Stop B at Victoria Bus Station. We assume he will need to purchase a ticket from a machine at the stop and not the driver. Is this correct?

Also, if he needs to purchase from the machine should he use cash or will the machine take a U.S. credit card?

He will be arriving in London via Eurolines Coach.

Thank you for your help.

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1. Re: Bus Ticket Machine Question

He requires cash - UK coins only. No change given. No cards, no notes

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2. Re: Bus Ticket Machine Question

Is this the only public transport he's using in London? If so he needs £2.40 in change and should indeed use the machine. If he's here for any length of time and intends using other transport an Oyster card (with pay as you go or travelcard or both) is the way to go.

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3. Re: Bus Ticket Machine Question

Thank you for the quick replies. He will be just arriving minutes before from Amsterdam via bus at approximately 7am.

He will only be visiting London for two days. Is there an atm that he might use either at the Victoria Coach Station and the Victoria Bus Station? Is there a manned counter where he could obtain coins?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

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4. Re: Bus Ticket Machine Question

If he is staying for two days, he may wish to use PAYG on Oyster if not one day Travelcards, both of which are available at the coach station (and elsewhere).

There are cash machines in the Departures area, near gates 1 and 11.

Is your son going to Waterloo? If so the 211 will take him there as well: tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/…victoria-180513.pdf

Edited: 29 August 2013, 21:21
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He better get an Oyster card, there is a cap in the fee after spending 4.40 Pounds. Single fare is 1.40 so basically he just needs to use a bus three times. After that, he can use a bus as much as possible. He needs to be careful that Tube has a different capping scheme.

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6. Re: Bus Ticket Machine Question

Thanks so much for your help. Looks like the pay as you go Oyster card is the best option for him. You mentioned that this can be purchased at the Victoria Coach Station when he arrives on the Eurolines bus. Can you tell me where in the station he should purchase it and if he should obtain cash first or if the Oyster card counter will accept U.S. credit cards?

Thanks so very much!

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7. Re: Bus Ticket Machine Question

Just to point out, if he doesn't have the correct change, any contactless credit or debit card will work with the oyster readers on the bus.

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8. Re: Bus Ticket Machine Question

Oystercard can be obtained from a manned counter in the underground section of victoria station. US credit cards will be accepted at a manned office and may also work in the automated machines in the station if you have a chip and pin US credit card with 4 pin number.

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9. Re: Bus Ticket Machine Question

Contactless cars will only work on buses if *issued in the UK*. (They cannot be used on the tube in any case.)

The OP's son should be fine buying an Oyster card from a human being. I have never tried to buy an Oyster card at Victoria coach station. If all else fails, he can walk the 10 minutes to Victoria tube station and buy a ticket from the staffed ticket window there.

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