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    • mackin01
    • By mackin01 15th Oct 16, 7:59 PM
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    Short break in London help
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    Short break in London help 15th Oct 16 at 7:59 PM
    Hi, we are going to visit London for a few days next month,we are flying into Gatwick& then staying at a travelodge in Bethnal Green.
    I was looking for advise on best way to get into central London as heard of Gatwick express but this seems very expensive & also am I best to get an oyster card for travel once in London as I take it most attractions would be in the zones one & two, which I think Bethnal green comes under.
    many thanks in advance
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    • boliston
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    http://www.gatwickairport.com/to-and-from/gatwick-to-london/

    I'd imagine gatwick express is good if you are in a hurry but i would look at other slower train services (as i HATE busses lol)
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    • By barbarawright 15th Oct 16, 8:25 PM
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    There's the Gatwick express and there's the other trains from Gatwick to London which stop a few times and are much cheaper. Get the slower train to Victoria and then get the Victoria line to Oxford Circus and change to the Central line to Bethnal Green. And you can get an Oyster or if you have contactless payment cards you can use those - there's no difference in price
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    Hi, we are going to visit London for a few days next month,we are flying into Gatwick& then staying at a travelodge in Bethnal Green.
    I was looking for advise on best way to get into central London as heard of Gatwick express but this seems very expensive & also am I best to get an oyster card for travel once in London as I take it most attractions would be in the zones one & two, which I think Bethnal green comes under.
    many thanks in advance
    Originally posted by mackin01
    I wouldn't bother getting an Oyster card, contactless payments are far simpler. You'll probably find Easybus to be the cheapest way into Town.

    http://www.easybus.com/en/
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    Thanks for your replies.
    For the slower trains is there websites that you could direct me to that I can get tickets for?
    I thought the oyster card seemed good as there is a cap of £6.50 on how much they would charge in a day but would I struggle to spend that much on daily travel in London if going from bethnal green and then around central London?
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    • By benjus 15th Oct 16, 9:07 PM
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    It may be slightly faster to get a train to London Bridge instead of Victoria, then you can go Northern Line/Central Line (change at Bank) to get to Bethnal Green. The train to London Bridge takes about the same length of time as the (non-express) services to Victoria.

    Gatwick is now included in the Contactless/Oyster system so you can use Contactless or Oyster for the whole journey.
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    Thanks for your replies.
    For the slower trains is there websites that you could direct me to that I can get tickets for?
    I thought the oyster card seemed good as there is a cap of £6.50 on how much they would charge in a day but would I struggle to spend that much on daily travel in London if going from bethnal green and then around central London?
    Originally posted by mackin01
    There's a cap on contactless payments as well.

    https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/contactless/what-is-capping

    It's difficult to tell how much you'll spend on transport because everybody does different things.
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    HI

    I stayed at the Bethnal Green TL a couple of years ago. It is just a short walk from the Bethnal Green station to the travelodge. There is a Tesco's close to the TL, very handy for any groceries you need.

    I use an Oyster card myself, which I have had for several years. There is an initial outlay of £5, or used to be, and then you top up the card. I top my oyster card automatically through my bank, £20 at a time, but that is not a good idea if you don't go to London a lot as you sometimes have a fair bit of unspent credit left on the card if it has topped up on your last day or so. I think there are other ways of topping up that might be more appropriate.

    We enjoyed our stay at the bethnal green travelodge. It brings back fond memories.
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