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    • freelancepuddle
    • By freelancepuddle 11th Jan 18, 10:48 PM
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    Cheapest Tube Travel?
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    Cheapest Tube Travel? 11th Jan 18 at 10:48 PM
    Spending the weekend in London and trying to decide what's cheaper:

    Using contactless
    Or
    Travel Day Card (and I have a 16-25 railcard).

    Which is the cheaper option for zones 1-2?

    Does anyone know how much these both cost and the caps for contactless on the Tube?
    Last edited by freelancepuddle; 11-01-2018 at 10:56 PM.
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    • gazapc
    • By gazapc 13th Jan 18, 3:11 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 3:11 PM
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Tfl+caps+and+travelcard+prices

    Go with contactless (also for convenience).
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 14th Jan 18, 4:20 PM
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    • 14th Jan 18, 4:20 PM
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    • 14th Jan 18, 4:20 PM
    Definitely contactless. Then if you decide to travel outside zone 2 then you could without having to do an extension. Contactless is the same as using oyster and can be cheaper than a travel card if you don't travel a lot in one day. It can be used on any transport - buses, tube and even the thames clipper boat and even the cable cars (but those last 2 cost a fair bit more).
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 14th Jan 18, 4:29 PM
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    • 14th Jan 18, 4:29 PM
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    • 14th Jan 18, 4:29 PM
    A guy in the ticket office at Kew Gardens tube told me that if you use your debit card the system automatically charges you the cheapest option. (The downside was that the system went wrong, and it was a PITA claiming refunds.)
    I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    • susancs
    • By susancs 23rd Jan 18, 2:21 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 18, 2:21 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 18, 2:21 PM
    My daughter has her 16-25 travelcard linked to her oyster (done at the tube station) so she gets cheaper off peak daily caps. Its is £4.50 for a zone1-2 off peak cap instead of £6.80.
    http://content.tfl.gov.uk/adult-fares-2018.pdf

    http://content.tfl.gov.uk/railcard-fares-2018.pdf

    You would have to pay a £5 refundable deposit for Oyster which you would get back with any small amount left (larger amounts have to reclaimed via post) on the card if you return it before you leave at a tube station office (or you could keep it for future use if you come to London again) .

    If you don't want to bother with the Oyster card then a contactless bank will give the same rates as oyster but you won't have the railcard discount.
    • NineDeuce
    • By NineDeuce 23rd Jan 18, 2:36 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 18, 2:36 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 18, 2:36 PM
    Get an Oyster card. £5 and then discounts are immediate.
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