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Houston
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Family Travelcards

Hi all,

I have been reading all info on Travelcards, and want confirm what my best choice will be for public transportation for my family:

2 adults, 3 children (14,11,9), 1st time in London, want to use 2 for 1, March 7-15, staying in Clerkenwell:

http://www.vrbo.com/328003ha

Will be doing side trips to Warwick, Bath, Brighton.

Will have private transportation from Heathrow to apartment.

Advice on what Travelcard to purchase and where? Thank you!

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1. Re: Family Travelcards

Easy.

Buy seven-day paper travelcards from a National Rail station for the two adults, and child-rate seven-day travelcards for the two older children at the same time. The 9-year old travels free on buses and Underground so won't need a travelcard. For travel between Clerkenwell and all parts of Central London zones 1-2 are all you need.

The nearest National Rail Station to Clerkenwell which definitely sells the paper travelcards is Kings Cross. There MAY be a National rail ticket window at Farringdon Station now, but I don't know if you can get the paper travelcards from there.

Each travelcard will need to be accompanied by a photocard, if you take one passport-sized head-and-shoulders photo for each travelcard to the ticket office these will be made up on the spot for you. You will also need proof of the two older children's ages.

For your trips to Brighton and Warwick, you will qualify for 'Groupsave' fares. Pay for two adults and two of the children travel free, with the third travelling for just £1.00 there and back. No need to book in advance. It's worth noting there are direct trains from Farringdon to Brighton with First Capital Connect.

For your trip to Bath you should check the fares for your date of travel with the train operator, First Great Western. Use their journey planner and enter the total number of travellers (i.e. two adults and three children). This will tell you if it is cheaper to buy 'Advance' tickets (which will restrict you to the booked times), or 'Off-peak/super Off-peak' tickets will will qualify for the 'Groupsave' discount.

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2. Re: Family Travelcards

Link for First Great Western: http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/

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3. Re: Family Travelcards

Farringdon station is closer to most of what I would call Clerkenwell than is Kings Cross and also has a National Rail ticket office selling Travelcards good for the 2-4-1 offers.

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4. Re: Family Travelcards

The National Rail ticket office can be found in the newer of the two entrances to Farringdon station.

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5. Re: Family Travelcards

Thank you for the clarification.

I know about the new ticket office at Farringdon Station but I didn't know if it would sell the right travelcards - but it seems it does.

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6. Re: Family Travelcards

Thank you! Great information for us. The information post on trip advisor shows a picture of a paper ticket, rather than a card with a photo. Will the card with the photo work for the 2-4-1 offers?

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7. Re: Family Travelcards

The paper ticket and the photocard are two separate documents

You need the paper ticket for the 2 for 1.

You need the photocard to buy the 7 day paper ticket

Edited: 02 February 2014, 18:01
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