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Best Oyster, Travel Card Options while visiting London Area

Chandler, Arizona
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Best Oyster, Travel Card Options while visiting London Area

Two travelers in need of Travel Card/Oyster recommendations. We arrive Heathrow and will be staying in Windsor, and traveling to central London on 3 or 4 days. We then travel to Paris for two days and then back to London for one day before departing Heathrow. We have purchased two Oyster cards for zone 1 & 2. What is our best options for paying tube/train fares during our visit?

Thank you for the help.

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1. Re: Best Oyster, Travel Card Options while visiting London Area

Windsor is outside the TfL zones, so Oyster will not be available to you for the rail journeys from Windsor & Eton Central to London Paddington. You may buy return rail tickets with Travelcards for £14.20, or without Travelcards for £10.20. Should you travel from Windsor before 0915 on a weekday the return rail ticket will cost £17.60.

Where have you booked to stay in Windsor?

If you have booked Eurostar for the journey to Paris, at what time of day have you booked the departure? If you must stay in Windsor then flying from LHR to CDG or ORY may be more sensible than schlepping across half the southeast to St Pancras.

If you have purchased Oyster for Visitor, how much PAYG pre-pay have you loaded on each card?

Chandler, Arizona
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2. Re: Best Oyster, Travel Card Options while visiting London Area

Hello,

Thank you for the reply. We are on the Eurostar departing 12:25. The Oyster card is loaded at £30 each. You say purchasing return rail tickets is less without travel cards?

Regards

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3. Re: Best Oyster, Travel Card Options while visiting London Area

A return from Windsor to Paddington is less than than the same ticket with a travelcard added, obviously. As you have Oysters already (mistake, possibly - no certainly) you don't need the travelcard bit, use the Oyster

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