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    • mackin01
    • By mackin01 2nd Jul 17, 10:17 PM
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    London tube travel
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    • 2nd Jul 17, 10:17 PM
    London tube travel 2nd Jul 17 at 10:17 PM
    Hi, was looking for advice, my teenage son is travelling to London early on Thursday and was going to use his contactless card for travelling on the tube, his card was swallowed by a hole in the wall last night (great timing I know) and on phoning today they have said it can take 3-5 days for new card to be delivered. So looked at an Oyster travelcard but first date for confirmed delivery is Thursday but there is no point ordering and paying money if it doesnt get here on time.
    Can anyone help me with what his best options are?
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    • lewishardwick
    • By lewishardwick 2nd Jul 17, 10:19 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 17, 10:19 PM
    Take cash. You can either buy an oyster card at a ticket messiness with cash, or if it's a one off, just buy a paper one day travelcard.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 2nd Jul 17, 10:22 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 17, 10:22 PM
    Buy a one day travel card if after 9.30. If earlier buy an oyster, load some cash on to it and travel.

    Cash is far more expensive and more hassle.
    • mackin01
    • By mackin01 2nd Jul 17, 10:35 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 17, 10:35 PM
    thanks for replies, he is going for four day and he will arrive after 9.30, so is it just these options will be dearer than contactless?
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 2nd Jul 17, 10:45 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 17, 10:45 PM
    thanks for replies, he is going for four day and he will arrive after 9.30, so is it just these options will be dearer than contactless?
    Originally posted by mackin01
    Is he likely to go to London again? If so, it is worth him getting an Oyster card for future travel. I go about once a year and it is very handy having an Oyster card all loaded up in readiness.
    • Kite2010
    • By Kite2010 2nd Jul 17, 10:49 PM
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    How often is he planning to use LU for those days?

    Oyster will probably be the best assuming the new card doesn't arrive in time
    • mackin01
    • By mackin01 2nd Jul 17, 10:50 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 17, 10:50 PM
    I dont think he will be going again anytime soon, so is the Oyster visitor card which said we need delivered to home completely different to an Oyster card? Sorry for all questions we have only been to London once before and using contactless was so easy
    • mackin01
    • By mackin01 2nd Jul 17, 10:51 PM
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    He will just be using it a handful of times a day any staying within zones 1&2 which would havecost £6.60 with contactless
    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 2nd Jul 17, 11:10 PM
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    I dont think he will be going again anytime soon, so is the Oyster visitor card which said we need delivered to home completely different to an Oyster card? Sorry for all questions we have only been to London once before and using contactless was so easy
    Originally posted by mackin01
    An Visitor's Oyster card costs £3.00 and that £3 is not refundable.

    A standard Oyster Card costs £5.00 and that £5 is refundable should you decide to return the card.

    Without a contactless payment card I would be buying a standard Oyster card on arrival in London.

    Fares using an Oyster card will cost the same as if using a contactless payment card.
    • mackin01
    • By mackin01 2nd Jul 17, 11:24 PM
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    An Visitor's Oyster card costs £3.00 and that £3 is not refundable.

    A standard Oyster Card costs £5.00 and that £5 is refundable should you decide to return the card.

    Without a contactless payment card I would be buying a standard Oyster card on arrival in London.

    Fares using an Oyster card will cost the same as if using a contactless payment card.
    Originally posted by wealdroam



    that is very helpful, thankyou
    • dggar
    • By dggar 2nd Jul 17, 11:33 PM
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    does your son have any form of railcard? if so he can get that loaded on to an oyster card and get 1/3 off travel. (that option is not available for contactless debit cards.)
    • mackin01
    • By mackin01 2nd Jul 17, 11:43 PM
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    does your son have any form of railcard? if so he can get that loaded on to an oyster card and get 1/3 off travel. (that option is not available for contactless debit cards.)
    Originally posted by dggar
    thanks but no he doesn't
    • landsberger64
    • By landsberger64 9th Jul 17, 2:04 AM
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    He can actually buy an Oystercard from a machine (cost £5, some of which is refunded if you request and return it), and load that. And use cash to load and purchase it
    • Laz123
    • By Laz123 9th Jul 17, 8:25 AM
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    Or you can buy and load an Oyster card at most newsagents.
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    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 9th Jul 17, 11:27 AM
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    He can actually buy an Oystercard from a machine (cost £5, some of which is refunded if you request and return it), and load that. And use cash to load and purchase it
    Originally posted by landsberger64
    As indicated in post#9, the whole of that £5 deposit is refundable.

    Confirmed on TfL's website:
    When you get a new Oyster card, you'll need to pay a £5 deposit. If you decide you don't need it anymore, return your Oyster card to us and we'll refund your deposit.
    Last edited by wealdroam; 09-07-2017 at 11:41 AM.
    • landsberger64
    • By landsberger64 10th Jul 17, 4:38 PM
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    As indicated in post#9, the whole of that £5 deposit is refundable.

    Confirmed on TfL's website:
    Originally posted by wealdroam
    This was a lot easier when London Underground still had ticket offices...
    • giraffe69
    • By giraffe69 10th Jul 17, 5:02 PM
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    This was a lot easier when London Underground still had ticket offices...
    Originally posted by landsberger64
    Why? I got my deposit back from a machine trivially.
    • Kite2010
    • By Kite2010 10th Jul 17, 7:34 PM
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    This was a lot easier when London Underground still had ticket offices...
    Originally posted by landsberger64
    The TVMs can give refunds upto £10, with a member of staff available to assist if required.
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