34% off Off-Peak Oyster Travel When Linked to A Railcard @ Transport for London
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34% off Off-Peak Oyster Travel When Linked to A Railcard @ Transport for London

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Found 29th Jul 2011
Get 34% off the cost of off-peak travel on London's Tubes, DLR, Overground and National Rail when you link your Oyster card to the following qualifying rail cards! Plus you get a third off the daily off=peak price cap.

- 16-25 Railcard
- Senior Railcard
- Disabled Persons Railcard
- Gold Card
- HM Forces Railcard

Peak times are between 06:30-09:30 and 16:00-19:00. You can link your cards at any ticket office.

If you qualify this is an excellent saving over the year. For example it usually costs me £2.50 to travel between zone 1-3, now it costs me £1.65 which is pretty amazing as I've nearly saved £25 this month alone!

Tip: f you can, avoid changing from trains to tube at London Bridge as you have to touch out off the train then touch in again to get on the tube which charges you twice which is pretty ridiculous.

Don't vote cold for the fact that you don't like London, I don't like London all that much however this is an excellent saving for when I am occasionally working up there.
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Im going to London this weekend and its the first time im using this Oyster card.

My mum was down a few weeks ago and picked one up for me, but is it easy enough to use? Like, Im going to be jumping around zones 1-2/3 while im there, and am I right in thinking its a daily charge Ill be given when I hit that limit?
how do you link the rail card to the oyster its not clear on the oyster site?
But hasn't this always been the case? I have been linking my railcard year on year.
billy68

how do you link the rail card to the oyster its not clear on the oyster … how do you link the rail card to the oyster its not clear on the oyster site?



You need to attend any London Underground station. National Rail stations can not link the card.

chitraj

But hasn't this always been the case? I have been linking my railcard … But hasn't this always been the case? I have been linking my railcard year on year.



It has been. My railcard has been link for about 3 years or something like that.
I've been using my railcard to buy a london travelcard for £5.30 from an overground station near my house, does linking the two mean it will cap my oyster usage at £5.30? Meaning I don't need to go to the station to buy my cheap travelcard?
This has always been the case. And it is no different to just buying a paper ticket off peak travelcard with your NR railcard.
To get the railcard added to your oystercard you need to find a ticket office that is actually open.
Good luck with that as Boris Johnson decided to pretty much close most of them after publicly signing a petition to keep them open when he was running for office.
A lying Tory? who would have thought?
i got spare Itune festival ticket for tonight . who want come !
******* ridiculous. I've lost count of the number of times I've tried to get this discount on my 18+ student oyster only to be told that the computer says no or some rubbish.
Hot Deal indeed - for about the last 16 years. Its not a flip**g notice board, its to post 'latest' deals
hippyharry

Im going to London this weekend and its the first time im using this … Im going to London this weekend and its the first time im using this Oyster card.My mum was down a few weeks ago and picked one up for me, but is it easy enough to use? Like, Im going to be jumping around zones 1-2/3 while im there, and am I right in thinking its a daily charge Ill be given when I hit that limit?


If you jump around between zones 1-3 all day then you'll be capped at peak price (or off-peak if applicable) of £10.00. Note this is the price of a days (peaks) zone 1-4 (same as 1-3) travel card

Full prices are listed in TFL here: Fares

Btw, this seems like an awsome deal. Got 16-25 Railcard.
zincalloy

This has always been the case.



Previously some Railcards could be linked, but the change this year is that Gold Cards can be added to give the discount. So this is a newish deal, as very few people who have a Gold Card know it can be added.

zincalloy

And it is no different to just buying a paper ticket off peak travelcard … And it is no different to just buying a paper ticket off peak travelcard with your NR railcard.



No different? So (for example) buying one, two or three off-peak Oyster zone 1 to 2 journeys with the discount is cheaper than a discounted Travelcard. Hmm, I think you need to work on your maths.

zincalloy

To get the railcard added to your oystercard you need to find a ticket … To get the railcard added to your oystercard you need to find a ticket office that is actually open.Good luck with that as Boris Johnson decided to pretty much close most of them after publicly signing a petition to keep them open when he was running for office.A lying Tory? who would have thought?



Yes, all the ticket offices in central London are always closed aren't they. Save your (deluded) political rantings for your letters to the Socialist Worker.


simile

Tip: f you can, avoid changing from trains to tube at London Bridge as … Tip: f you can, avoid changing from trains to tube at London Bridge as you have to touch out off the train then touch in again to get on the tube which charges you twice which is pretty ridiculous.



It doesn't charge you twice. It only charges you once but there are two scales of charges, one if you only use National Rail, and and a higher scale of charges if you use the tube or DLR. Although the charges are higher, It is still cheaper than making a rail journey and then a tube journey.

If you only use National Rail these are the fares (before any discounts) - tfl.gov.uk/tic…spx
If you use National Rail and the tube or DLR these are the fares (before any discounts) - tfl.gov.uk/tic…spx


Edited by: "Altarf" 30th Jul 2011
Thanks for posting this. My daughter will hopefully be going to Uni near London in Sept, so this will be useful info for her.

This may be a stupid question but my brother has a gold card, is there anything to stop me linking his card to my Oyster card?

simile, Tip: f you can, avoid changing from trains to tube at London … simile, Tip: f you can, avoid changing from trains to tube at London Bridge as you have to touch out off the train then touch in again to get on the tube which charges you twice which is pretty ridiculous.



Once I was charged at waterloo. When I went to the ticket office he said you spent more than 20min (I think) before you touched at the underground gates. I took time because I queued up for to top up so I was able to prove my case otherwise I could be gone for shoping and expect them not to charg me the LU staff said. So it does give you some time to change, ask the underground staff or oyster to confirm the time limit.
Think it's crazy that people are saying this is irrelevant because it's been around for ages. Lots of people don't know anything about it, but do now

Shame it doesn't include family and friends railcards
shivsena
This may be a stupid question but my brother has a gold card, is there anything to stop me linking his card to my Oyster card?

Yes only he can add that discount to his registered oyster card. He can buy you a discounted off peak 1 to 6 travel card for £5.30 but you have to travel with him
ehosin
******* ridiculous. I've lost count of the number of times I've tried to get this discount on my 18+ student oyster only to be told that the computer says no or some rubbish.

But what discount card do you have you don't get anything extra by having the 18+ that's only for weekly or above not on single oyster journeys or daily capping rates
Thanks caster troy
House Elf
Thanks for posting this. My daughter will hopefully be going to Uni near London in Sept, so this will be useful info for her.

Your daughter can get a student oyster card through her uni that will give her 34% off weekly or above travel cards plus get a 16 to 25 young persons card from national rail station then link that to the student oyster to give a discount on singles and off peak day tickets
I've done this before. A couple things to note :

1. It's certainly possible, there's a form you need to fill out and then you hand it in, they update the system and it's done there and then.
2. It only lasts for the period of your rail card, so if you get another, you need to do it again.

Thanks for the reminder on this, forgot to do it recently
Thanks OP. Will add my gold card to my oyster next time I'm in town
Remember to get the full benefit of Oyster you must touch-in and touch-out.

Even if the barriers have been opened for safety reasons, ( happens when large groups are passing through, such as at concerts or sporting events), you must touch-in and touch-out to avoid additional charges.

john
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Austinhead

Think it's crazy that people are saying this is irrelevant because it's … Think it's crazy that people are saying this is irrelevant because it's been around for ages. Lots of people don't know anything about it, but do now :DShame it doesn't include family and friends railcards



I think 'family and friends rail cards' may be valid for off peak travel cards and off peak daily caps . See the link
tfl.gov.uk/tic…spx
House Elf

Thanks for posting this. My daughter will hopefully be going to Uni near … Thanks for posting this. My daughter will hopefully be going to Uni near London in Sept, so this will be useful info for her.



Tell her to apply this to her card, also tell her to avoid getting a student oyster card just yet. Reason is a fair few uni students don't go in all 5 days of the week, and even when they do it's usually off-peak. So if, like me, she were to go in 3/4 days a week at 11am, she'd be better off with this deal and thus pay as you go (with an auto-top up for laziness' sake), than with a student oyster card and buying weekly/monthly tickets.
Edited by: "SchubertsGhost" 30th Jul 2011
Thanks for the reminder, always forget about this.
Also, I didn't realise 1600 - 1900 was peak too, thought it only applied to trains heading out of Pad.
how do i get a railcard? is it free? i never use rail but want to link it for the discount
MR1123

how do i get a railcard? is it free? i never use rail but want to link it … how do i get a railcard? is it free? i never use rail but want to link it for the discount



Free if you have a Natwest student account
If you live outside of London, it would be more cost effective to just simply buy a Travelcard. Can't really be bothered, but thanks anyway.
still not understanding all this london travelling and dreadng visiting in 2 weeks. oyster card or travel card i just dont know, im staying near london bridge and visiting the eye, madam tussads, buckingham palace areas and the ice bar(regent area) over a sunday and monday so little travel really but over two days and after a few posts on here asking still not sure of the difference between the two x
Got a bus to the station last week to do this.
Ticket office closed.
2.40 wasted.
Voted cold.
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zincalloy

A lying Tory? who would have thought?



A opposed to lying and corrupt Labour politicians that nearly bankrupted the UK, and let in anyone to the UK in the hope that the swarm of largely poor and uneducated (so core labour supporters) immigrants would vote for them you mean?
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richto

A opposed to lying and corrupt Labour politicians that nearly bankrupted … A opposed to lying and corrupt Labour politicians that nearly bankrupted the UK, and let in anyone to the UK in the hope that the swarm of largely poor and uneducated (so core labour supporters) immigrants would vote for them you mean? In terms of Boris, its a significant improvement from Ken. Just look at how many of Ken's croneys were corrupt labour party members and were eventually caught with their hands in the till...


ace101

Free if you have a Natwest student account



arghh uni days are over, any other ways to get it and how much iis it if you dont have natwest student accont? thanks
If you have an annual travelcard (and hence a gold card) you can also link this to your oyster, but they don't do it automatically, you have to ask!

Also, it took me 3 different people until I got someone who actually knew how to do it so if they knock you back, just ask someone else.
Deal is old, this was posted back in janauary when TfL added the ability to get 34% off off peak single fares. Prior to that it you would only get 34% off the off peak cap rate.

A word of warning for Adult season ticket holders. Should you choose to link your NR discount to an Oyster card and subsequently lose it. Then you won't be able to have the season ticket transferred to a new card when you call up the oyster card helpline. The only option available for you would be to have a replacement card sent out in the post (without the discount)

Edited by: "slliw" 30th Jul 2011
25 pounds for the 16-25 I think
nebno6

Got a bus to the station last week to do this.Ticket office closed.2.40 … Got a bus to the station last week to do this.Ticket office closed.2.40 wasted.Voted cold.


Haha what?! X)
nebno6

Got a bus to the station last week to do this.Ticket office closed.2.40 … Got a bus to the station last week to do this.Ticket office closed.2.40 wasted.Voted cold.



Voting cold for something that is your fault... okay then.

MR1123

arghh uni days are over, any other ways to get it and how much iis it if … arghh uni days are over, any other ways to get it and how much iis it if you dont have natwest student accont? thanks



You can't unless you are in education... you apply for it online on TFL and they wait for your school/institution to confirm that you are a student.


slliw

Deal is old, this was posted back in janauary when TfL added the ability … Deal is old, this was posted back in janauary when TfL added the ability to get 34% off off peak single fares. Prior to that it you would only get 34% off the off peak cap rate. A word of warning for Adult season ticket holders. Should you choose to link your NR discount to an Oyster card and subsequently lose it. Then you won't be able to have the season ticket transferred to a new card when you call up the oyster card helpline. The only option available for you would be to have a replacement card sent out in the post (without the discount)



They give back the money equivalent of what was left off the season ticket (minus a £10 admin charge :() but always register your card otherwise you get nothing back if you lose it.

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Didn't know railcards don't do too much if you put it on 18+ oysters (besides cap it) so will be using my adult one with the railcard on it too. Thanks everyone.

Edited by: "dealbot5000" 30th Jul 2011
zincalloy

And it is no different to just buying a paper ticket off peak travelcard with your NR railcard.




Altarf
No different? So (for example) buying one, two or three off-peak Oyster zone 1 to 2 journeys with the discount is cheaper than a discounted Travelcard. Hmm, I think you need to work on your maths.


What are you talking about?
National railcards only get you a discount on all zone one day travelcards. They do not get you a discount on single fairs on LU. And you can buy the discounted one day travelcards as paper tickets at the same price. It is certainly convenient to have your railcard added to your oyster but it doesn't actually save you any more money than just buying the paper ticket with your railcard.

As for your comment about me being deluded, there is no disputing the fact that most of the ticket offices outside of central london have had their hours slashed severely. Now this may not affect you but it certainly does affect others. LU is meant to be customer focussed so closing ticket offices seems wrong.
I know that ignorant tories llike yourself couldn't give a monkeys and bow down at the feet of Bullingdon Boris but some of us still live in hope of having politicians who have a shred of honesty and decency.












Edited by: "zincalloy" 30th Jul 2011
richto



I quite agree with you about the Labour party, they too are a bunch of s**ts. That doesn't detract from my point that Boris very publicly signed a petetion to keep ticket offices on LU open when he was running for Mayor and then completely ignored his promise once he got in. And yes, Ken had loads of cronies, as does Boris. Was never a fan of Ken but I would take him over the Bullingdon bully any day.

Just because I'm not a Tory you shouldn't assume I vote Labour.
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