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Travel pass for 4 days

By Traveller October 31, 2016
London

Travel pass for 4 days

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By Explore Prague Traveller October 31, 2016

Hello to LAL community in London! This November we travel for a conference to London and we're trying to figure out the cheapest way how to get around the city. We were able to find a lot of charts with prices, but none of them tells you if it's a price for a day or a day-ride. What would you suggest as a best option for 4 days of traveling (Sun-Wed; at least 4 times a day)? Oyster card? Pay as you go by contactless card?
Thanks a lot for your feedback!

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Am sure this has been answered already. Yes, buying an Oyster Card is probably cheapest. Need to pay £5 deposit for card which you can keep or get a refund. (Never refunded mine, so not sure how long it takes). Then each day, your travel costs will be capped at the rate of a one day travelcard for the zones you are travelling in. Not sure if this might help/give you more info on costs. https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/entry.do
Traveller November 4, 2016
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Double check that it is in full effect but they recently changed the pay as you go structure allowing for timed travel of 90min rather than paying per ride. However would still recommend the oyster as it will ensure you don't exceed the cap amount and greater flexibility if you choose to use it more. Night tube in effect too!
Local November 1, 2016
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Hi, I find the best way is to use contactless as it stops when it reaches the day rate, if you do go to a train station the staff are very helpful and will tell you which ticket is best if you rather have a train ticket. You can use your contactless card on all London busses, trains and underground up to zone 6.
Hope this helps
Regards
Kyle
Local November 1, 2016
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Hello,
If you are traveling only in zone 1-2: Oyster card will charge you up to £6.50 per day. It is for buses, tube, overground and DLR. you always need touch in and out even if the gates are open. To avoid any extra charges.
The Oyster card costs £5 and it is refundable if you but it in central London. At the airport they will sale the Visitor card which costs £3 but non-refundable.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
B
Local October 31, 2016
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Oyster and contactless card charge the same. Once you reach the daily limit in terms of cost (dependent on which zones you'll be travelling in) your fare is capped and you won't be charged any more.
Not even sure if day passes are sold any more.
G
Local October 31, 2016
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OYSTER CARDS aretc the only way to travel around London. You need £5 to get one. Then top up, the min spend is £5.
Local October 31, 2016
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Hi I've been living in London my whole life and I would recommend getting an oyster card and topping up on a pay as you go system. If you are travelling a lot on those days, TFL will cap your spending once you have travelled a certain amount that day. Once capped you will be able to travel free the rest of the day. Here is a breakdown of the pricing on their website:

It's a great way to travel all day without worrying about spending loads.

Hope this helps

tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/oyster/usong-oyster/price-capping
M
Local October 31, 2016
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Hi,
I would say oyster card or contactless is the best option.

Contactless is the best as it is works right away and it offer automatic daily and weekly cap - so effectively it will work as a day-ride or weekly ticket without purchasing one.
However, if your credit card provider is likely to charge you a fat fee for foreign currency transition or will rip you off on the exchange rate, then oyster is probably a safer/cheaper option. Oyster doesn't offer automatic weekly capping though.

Also, the best option will obviously depend on how much you are planning to travel during those 4 days.

You can read about capping here: https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/oyster/using-oyster/price-capping

Hope that helps.
K
Local October 31, 2016
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one thing to know is that buses call at 4.50 a day (or is it 3.50) and you'll see more. you just need to be brave and read a map or ask Google!
Local October 14, 2017
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They have recently changed the pay as you go to allow you to pay for a period of time rather than individual rides. Double check that is is in effect however. Personally I would recommend an Oyster card. More convenient and ensures your daily cap is met.
Local November 1, 2016
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Hi, I find the best way is to use contactless as it stops when it reaches the day rate, if you do go to a train station the staff are very helpful and will tell you which ticket is best if you rather have a train ticket. You can use your contactless card on all London busses, trains and underground up to zone 6.
Hope this helps
Regards
Kyle
Local November 1, 2016
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Use pay as you go. You have to have a contactless card and I think it has to be registered
Local October 31, 2016
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Oyster cards are the only way to get around London for cheap.. You need to pay £5 to get one.Register your details then top it up. Depending on how much you intend to travel, £10÷ 5=£15, should do.
Local October 31, 2016
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Under a week the pay as you go is best. This can be charged wither on top-up or on contactless and don't worry, it's capped (so once you reach the amount that you would spend on a daily travelcard it stops charging).
Getting around London is easy :)

If you are many people, you might also consider jumping in an uber, they are also affordable and sometimes for parties of 4 people cheaper than single public transport journeys.

I hope this helps!
Local October 31, 2016
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Thanks! It's just me, one person. So if I understand that correctly, when I get to London, I will purchase an Oyster card (£5 deposit) and pre-pay some credit on that card. Considering I will probably go around the city center most of the times, I should spend max. of £6,50-9,30 according to this file: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/adult-fares.pdf . Correct? So I guess I should load that card with around 26-30 pounds?
Yes! Try not to leave any cash in the oyster card, so when you leave London you can give it back and get your £5 back. Contactless is a good option too.
Pay as you go contactless would be the option I would choose; it's the same cost as an Oyster Card without the need to pay a £5 deposit for the card.
S
Local October 31, 2016
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If you use a foreign card you might end up paying extra charges for using your cards abroad son better to get an Oyster card👍
B
Badia Local October 31, 2016
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