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Travelcard vs Oyster Card

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Travelcard vs Oyster Card

I've read this site's top questions and other sites as well before posting this but I'm not sure how to manage transportation. We will be in London for 3 days, and 3 nights, in zones 1-2. We are two adults and 2 kids, ages 11 and 14. We will be going to the Tower of London & London Eye, which I know have the 2-4-1 deal with them. The first day we will land at Gatwick in the morning, take a taxi to our hotel, and then take the transport to the Tower of London and most likely the Westminster area. The second day, after we get to central london by transport, we will be mostly walking except for one transport and another to get back to the hotel at night. The last day, we will be using transport probably a lot. Should we get a 3 travelcards for the 3 days or just an oyster card? Thanks!

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1. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster Card

If you are also flying out of Gatwick then why not purchase return train tickets from Gatwick to your destination in London and use them for your 2for1? Cheaper and quicker compared to taking a taxi through south London which is something akin to driving through the seven circles of hell except maybe at 5.00 on a Sunday morning.

If you let us know where you are staying then we can work out the best route.

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2. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster Card

It's not a matter of Travelcard v Oyster, since TfL sell all seven day and longer Travelcards loaded on Oyster cards (which can also hold PAYG money for out of zone journeys). Since you have a stay of just three days, though, that's not really an issue.

'The first day we will land at Gatwick in the morning, take a taxi to our hotel...' If your hotel is in London then please do not travel to the city by road. It's a long, tedious journey, and if you will arrive on a weekday that trip will be even more painful.

Depending on the time of day and day of the week your flight arrives and your destination in central London, you may be able to take the train to the city centre, travel in about one third of the time, and pay considerably less than the cost of a booked car: either £20 for all four of you without one day Travelcards or £27 for all four *with* that fare including one day Travelcards.

Those combination rail tickets / Travelcards will be good for use with the two for one offers as well as transport in London. You may buy one day Travelcards at the nearest rail station for the next two days whilst out sightseeing, which again may be used for the offers.

If you've booked to stay near Gatwick but wish to travel to London every day for three days, please reconsider. You will spend time on the trains, will have to keep in mind peak morning and evening crush hours, and should you be the type of travellers who like to go 'home' in the middle of a day, you will not be able to do so easily.

Let us know more, please.

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"compared to taking a taxi through south London which is something akin to driving through the seven circles of hell"

And expensive.

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We will arrive in Gatwick, but leave out of Heathrow. Our hotel is Holiday Inn Express - Swiss Cottage. We're arriving in the morning on a Wednesday. Thanks for all the help! Could we use the Gatwick Express to get to Victoria and then take a taxi to Swiss Cottage? Our only concern is the luggage we have.

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5. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster Card

You need not take the - very pricey - GEX, nor should you. Instead, again depending on the time of day your flight arrives on Wednesday, ask at the rail ticket office for a GroupSave ticket for two adults and two children to London St Pancras and ask to have the tickets include one day Travelcards.

You will pay £27 for the journey to St Pancras and have one day Travelcards in hand as well. Fare on the GEX would set you back £44.50 (for an advance booking) alone for two adults, another £20 for the children, then another £20(ish) for four one day Travelcards. I know which I would choose.

St Pancras station has lifts and escalators from the train platform to the main concourse and street level. The taxi rank is in Midland Road, well marked in the station, with fare to your hotel about £12 - 15.

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I would take a train to London Bridge rather than Victoria and then the Jubilee line straight through to Finchley Road, the nearest tube station to your hotel. It looks on a map as if you were going out of your way but with one easy change from rail to tube it would make the most sense. Allow about 50-55 minutes door to door.

Your rail ticket would though only be valid for 2for1's on that day but you could I think buy tickets at London Bridge for future days.

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7. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster Card

Why did you book Swiss Cottage when you are arriving at Gatwick & leaving from Heathrow? Makes little sense even from the cost front.

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8. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster Card

TravellerPlus, when you say have them include travelcards, would that be for just that one day for all of us or for all three days? And would those travelcards include the 2-4-1 deal? So sorry for all the questions, just a little confused. Thanks for the suggestion though, we will definitely do that or what adamhornets suggested. So much easier and inexpensive.

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9. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster Card

The rail tickets from Gatwick to St Pancras (or London Bridge station) with one day Travelcards will be good for use on that day only, arrival day. Because you will have bought the tickets at a National Rail booking office (at Gatwick airport) they will be on National Rail paper stock and accepted for the two for one offers *on that day only*.

You should be able, whether at St Pancras or at London Bridge rail ticket offices, to buy paper Travelcards for use the next day as well, then when out that day call in at a rail station to buy paper Travelcards for your last day, Friday. If you do not want to use the offers all three days of your stay in London you may, of course, buy one day Travelcards at Finchley Road station.

One day off peak cards will cost £8.90 for adults and £3.60 for each child.

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10. Re: Travelcard vs Oyster Card

That makes sense. Thank you very much! I really appreciate it.