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    • mrleee3
    • By mrleee3 26th Sep 19, 1:31 PM
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    Gatwick to London - Oyster more expensive than single/return ticket?!
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    • 26th Sep 19, 1:31 PM
    Gatwick to London - Oyster more expensive than single/return ticket?! 26th Sep 19 at 1:31 PM
    I regularly commute from Gatwick train station to London Bridge around 3 times a week and have been using an oyster card which is 30.20 return (peak). I was looking at train fares on the national rail site and found buying a normal return ticket (peak) is 21.10 - almost 30% cheaper! I am so annoyed about this especially as Oyster/contactless is promoted as the cheapest option, even by the staff at Gatwick! Does anyone know why this is and whether there is a way to get Oyster at the same price as a ticket? It is so inconvenient queuing for a ticket machine at Gatwick at rush hour! Thanks
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    • giraffe69
    • By giraffe69 26th Sep 19, 3:21 PM
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    • 26th Sep 19, 3:21 PM
    Southern Railways say
    "Whilst a daily cap will apply; it is important to be aware that it will not always be cheaper than buying a return paper ticket. There will also be a weekly price cap for those using a Contactless card or mobile device; but it will still be cheaper to buy a season ticket on the Key Smartcard or paper"
    • bubieyehyeh
    • By bubieyehyeh 26th Sep 19, 8:50 PM
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    • 26th Sep 19, 8:50 PM
    There is way to use oyster reduce each way to 21.20, saving 9 a day, but you it requires a little more time and inconvience. Get off at east croydon, leave and immediately re-enter the station.



    Alteratively you can get the southern key smartcard and activate keygo, which will charge paper ticket price to your card the following morning.
    Last edited by bubieyehyeh; 26-09-2019 at 8:54 PM.
    • jbuchanangb
    • By jbuchanangb 27th Sep 19, 10:58 AM
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    • 27th Sep 19, 10:58 AM
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    • 27th Sep 19, 10:58 AM
    Or - if you know when your next trip is going to be, book on-line and collect the ticket from the machine at Gatwick in the evening when your return from the previous trip. Queues at machine probably shorter, and less time pressure.
    • yorkie2
    • By yorkie2 26th Oct 19, 7:36 PM
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    • 26th Oct 19, 7:36 PM
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    • 26th Oct 19, 7:36 PM
    There are several myths regarding Oyster:


    - that it eliminates loopholes, anomalies and that it is never cheaper to tap out mid-way through a journey and tap back in again (aka "splitting");
    - that it is always cheaper;
    - that the fares for travel at 'peak' times are always reasonable (they often aren't!);
    - that the times defined as 'peak' are always the same as for paper tickets (again, they often aren't!)
    - that Railcard holders can get a discount at all times, including all times when paper tickets would be discounted such as the evening peak


    As this thread proves, these myths are all false.
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