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    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 18th Oct 16, 9:43 AM
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    Best London travel option, Oyster or day tickets?
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    • 18th Oct 16, 9:43 AM
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    Best London travel option, Oyster or day tickets? 18th Oct 16 at 9:43 AM
    We are making a rare trip to London next week, staying EC4A and want to travel around for 4 days on busses, underground etc.
    What is the best MSE option?
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    • martindow
    • By martindow 18th Oct 16, 9:57 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 9:57 AM
    Probably the best option for you is to use contactless cards, if you have therm, which will automatically cap the daily cost. You will need one card per person.
    • benjus
    • By benjus 18th Oct 16, 11:56 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 11:56 AM
    If you don't have contactless, use Oyster PAYG.

    Day Travelcards are no longer worth getting in most circumstances.
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    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 18th Oct 16, 7:46 PM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 7:46 PM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 7:46 PM
    two of our partyof three have contactless cards, I have two so we will use these Thanks.
    • Kynthia
    • By Kynthia 22nd Oct 16, 8:52 AM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 8:52 AM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 8:52 AM
    Make sure you each use one card each for the whole day otherwise you could miss out on being capped at the daily travelcard rate and end up paying more.
    Don't listen to me, I'm no expert!
    • CoolJeanSmith
    • By CoolJeanSmith 27th Oct 16, 7:07 PM
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    • 27th Oct 16, 7:07 PM
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    • 27th Oct 16, 7:07 PM
    Oyster pay as you go might be a better option
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 30th Oct 16, 8:40 AM
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    • 30th Oct 16, 8:40 AM
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    Back now from our trip. Had two deductions for £4.80 and two for £13 a day! This is just for a few underground trips, max 4 a day, seems expensive, might have been cheaper to use taxis all the time!
    • Kynthia
    • By Kynthia 30th Oct 16, 10:00 AM
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    • 30th Oct 16, 10:00 AM
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    • 30th Oct 16, 10:00 AM
    Back now from our trip. Had two deductions for £4.80 and two for £13 a day! This is just for a few underground trips, max 4 a day, seems expensive, might have been cheaper to use taxis all the time!
    Originally posted by knightstyle
    Doubtful. Taxis are expensive and traffic in London doesn't move quickly. How far did you travel on the tube as crossing zones is more expensive than staying within one?
    Don't listen to me, I'm no expert!
    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 30th Oct 16, 11:39 AM
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    • 30th Oct 16, 11:39 AM
    Back now from our trip. Had two deductions for £4.80 and two for £13 a day! This is just for a few underground trips, max 4 a day, seems expensive, might have been cheaper to use taxis all the time!
    Originally posted by knightstyle
    Is that per person or for 2 of you? The daily cap for zones 1 and 2 is £6.50 p.p. and a single journey in zone 1 is £2.40 anytime, £2.90 for zone 2 peak. So unless you ventured a fair way out from your base the max p.p. should be £6.50, unless you didn't touch out somewhere which will add an "incomplete journey" charge of £8.90.

    Daily cap details HERE
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    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 30th Oct 16, 11:29 PM
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    The prices are each, there were two of us using cards linked to that account.
    £4.80 was to go from Temple to South Kensington and back.
    The £13 was I think for going from Embankment to Greenwich by water bus and back from there to Temple by DLR and underground.
    So for the 3 of us to go from Temple to the Cutty Sark and back cost £39! How much would a taxi or Uber have cost I wonder?
    Waiting for more charges to come in.
    Last edited by knightstyle; 30-10-2016 at 11:33 PM. Reason: add a bit.
    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 31st Oct 16, 12:17 AM
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    The prices are each, there were two of us using cards linked to that account.
    £4.80 was to go from Temple to South Kensington and back.
    The £13 was I think for going from Embankment to Greenwich by water bus and back from there to Temple by DLR and underground.
    So for the 3 of us to go from Temple to the Cutty Sark and back cost £39! How much would a taxi or Uber have cost I wonder?
    Waiting for more charges to come in.
    Originally posted by knightstyle
    The adult single for that Riverbus journey is £8.00 and does not count towards any cap.
    The return DLR/Underground cost is £2.40 offpeak.

    Why wonder? Uber fares can be seen here:

    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 31st Oct 16, 12:55 PM
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    If you want cheap avoid the Riverbus!

    I still prefer normal buses - can sometimes take longer than tube, but its good value.
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 1st Nov 16, 1:57 PM
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    Yup, didn't realise travel could be so expensive, no underground here and a 7 day bus pass costs £7 so £2.40 for a short journey seems expensive to us!
    By comparison we were surprised that meals were quite reasonable, about double the price up here but higher standard so were OK with the prices.
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