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New job, cheapest rail fare Hemel to zone 1

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Have a new job and am looking at the cheapest way to get from Hemel Hempstead to Temple in zone 1. Train will be into Euston, then underground to Temple.

I will travel prob 4 days out of 5 (work from home at least 1 day a week) and have standard 5 weeks holiday plus bank holidays etc.

A standard year season ticket is around £3800. I've heard that by splitting the ticket you might be able to make this cheaper?

Any tips to getting the cheapest overall cost?



  • edited 1 February 2011 at 11:33AM
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    edited 1 February 2011 at 11:33AM
    Split ticketing does not work on London commuter journeys - very rarely anyway.

    But you don't need to get that £3800 ticket - get it to Euston rather than zones 1-6 and it will cost you £3000. For travel to/from Temple use a PAYG Oyster which will cost you £3.80 a day for say 180 days a year - comes out at a little short of £700

    Or 59/168 buses - to Aldwych then a short walk. £2.60 a day with Oyster

    Or walk - it supposedly takes 35 minutes. Or a Boris bike - £1 a day. 10 minutes
  • I concur with what dzug1 says. A few further bits and pieces that might prove helpful...

    (With all the following links, remove the spaces after the first dot to make them work.)

    To check Tube fares when using Oyster Pay-as-you-go, use the Single fare finder on the TfL website here:

    You can check the cost of National Rail season tickets (weeklies, monthlies, annuals or odd period ones) here:

    You can get some idea of walking routes and how long walking would take in London and other cities using the WalkIt website here:

    For the TfL Cycle Hire scheme aka the Boris Bikes, as well as daily access for £1 a day you can also get an annual access for £45 a year - journeys under half an hour don't incur any further charge (whilst up to an hour's hire costs £1). See a cost comparison here:
    (Word to the wise - if you do become a member and get a membership key, only get one key per account.)

    Regarding the rail season ticket, you'd have to work out whether or not an annual made sense for you - whilst they do offer 52 weeks travel for the price of 40, you might still be better off buying monthlies or odd-period season tickets (the latter are available for any period from a month up to 40 weeks, after which you'd get the annual season - odd-period seasons are calculated on a pro-rate basis, see the season ticket calculator above).
  • Though if you get an annual then you do get discounts on further travel for you and your family within the network railcard area - which makes travelling by train even cheaper for you and the family(if you have on)
    "If you no longer go for a gap, you are no longer a racing driver" - Ayrton Senna
  • Yes, there are indeed additional discounts on offer to Gold Card holders (a Gold Card is the name given to an annual season ticket issued for journeys in the south-east of England including London) - though it should be noted that similar discounts are also on offer to Network Railcard holders (a Network Railcard costs £25 a year, and also provides discounts for up to three other accompanying adults and four children).

    The Gold Card does have its advantages over the Network Railcard - most notably discounted tickets purchased with a Gold Card are not subject to the £13 weekday minimum fare which applies when using the Network Railcard. Also, when buying discounted tickets, Gold Card holders can upgrade to 1st class on payment of a £5 per adult (£2.50 per child) supplement - though this does not apply on the route covered by the season ticket itself (if you want to travel in 1st class on your commute, you need a 1st class season ticket!).

    Whether the discounts offered by the Gold Card makes it worthwhile spending extra on (bearing in mind the possibility of buying the standalone Network Railcard) is something that only really the individual can decide based on their specific circumstances and travelling patterns. Though of course it may well just be easier to just buying an annual season (aka Gold Card) than working out how to buy several odd-period seasons just so as to save a few shillings (especially if one doesn't have a firm idea of the timing of holidays etc).
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