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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
Hi Everyone,

Hopefully this is the place to ask/discuss this kinda thing, if not, sorry!

This is basically a question to the fine people who either live in or around London or know more than me on Oyster Cards!

Right,

So I will be going to London for a few times for sure soon, I'll also be leaving again too!

I will be arriving and leaving from Paddington, which I know is in Zone 1 and will more often than not be based in or around Zone 4.

I am mainly going to gigs/shows in Central London, so Zones 1 and 2.

So I currently get an off peak Day Travelcard for Zones 1 to 4 when I arrive which is £5.90 and the same again the next day which is £9.40. A total of £15.30 a time.

So I have been looking at trying to get that cheaper! Typical me!

So, I looked on http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube and looked at the Fares and Tickets Guide which from my understanding is:

If I travel from London Paddington to my destination in Zones 1 or 2 before 7pm, that will cost me £4 in a cash fare, but £2 as an Oyster Card single, and then on the way "home", the single from Zone 1 or 2 to Zone 4 will be £2, meaning that will be a saving of £1.90

As for the trip to Paddington from Zone 4, that will cost me £2.50 which is a HUGE saving!

However, here is my question!

Have I understood all that right?

Because I may need to make more than one journey, such as changing a line to get to my destination., so would my trip from Station A to Station B be £X and Station B to Station C be a further £X?

And kinda linked to the question above, obviously, if I make a mistake by going too far on the tube, or fancy going somewhere else before or after or any permitation as for not going straight to my destination WHILST USING A TRAVELCARD, then that's not a problem. However, if I used my Oyster Card, would it take those mistakes as actual journeys?

Very many thanks in advance for any help on this!

Hope it all makes sense too! I think it does to me! :)
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Its all pretty much right, without checking exact specifics.

Your best off buying a oyster card normally cost £3 then topping up £10 on it.

Everytime you make a journey the cost will automatically be deducted from the oyster card, when you hit the travelcard price for the day it will automatically stop charging you.

i.e. if a travelcard for the journeys you were making was £5.90 and a single journey £2 your third trip would only cost £1.90 and it would stop chrging you for any more journeys.

Normally its about a £2 saving on every tube journey and £1 on each bus trip.

Hope that makes sense
#2
An Off-Peak 1 day Travelcard is more expensive than using a Pre-Pay Oyster Card.

If you start your 1st journey of the day, after 9.30am then your Oyster Card acts as a TravelCard and you pay a maximum of £5.20 for ALL journeys Zones 1-4 in that day.
#3
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banned#4
Shahie
An Off-Peak 1 day Travelcard is more expensive than using a Pre-Pay Oyster Card.

If you start your 1st journey of the day, after 9.30am then your Oyster Card acts as a TravelCard and you pay a maximum of £5.20 for ALL journeys Zones 1-4 in that day.


I pretty much never use the tube, but have got an oyster card. But several occasions, Ive had to use it for work - which I can claim back in expences, but never know what it costs!!

eg Yesterday, I had to go for a meeting in Paddington from where I work in Waterloo. Both are zone one. I'm fairly sure I saw £1.50 flash up on my return leg. Is that correct? ie the return tube far from Waterloo to Paddington is £3.00? Dunno why, but I thought a single Zone one only fare was a quid!

I've never bothered to make any claims, but since they are tight b*ggers and won't supply a ticket, I ought to!
#5
It's always cheaper with an oystercard - don't worry about making mistakes - even if you travel all day, the cost is always capped at less than the cost of a one day travelcard. If your journey involves changing lines, it still counts as one journey. Free oystercards no longer available, so you will have to pay a £3 deposit.
#6
chrysha
It's always cheaper with an oystercard - don't worry about making mistakes - even if you travel all day, the cost is always capped at less than the cost of a one day travelcard. If your journey involves changing lines, it still counts as one journey. Free oystercards no longer available, so you will have to pay a £3 deposit.


oops, i didn't realise it was all gone. had it bookmarked ...

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