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    • olgadapolga
    • By olgadapolga 17th Aug 19, 1:00 PM
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    Travelling on London Underground
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    • 17th Aug 19, 1:00 PM
    Travelling on London Underground 17th Aug 19 at 1:00 PM
    I haven't traveled on the London underground for quite a few years now, but the last time I did, there was a "travelcard" that covered the whole underground/buses etc I think that my children were included on this as they were all under a particular age.

    Is this still a thing, or do I need to get separate tickets for everyone (my children are now 15, 14 and 6)?

    I looked online but got totally confused by the whole oyster/contactless thing (I couldn't work out how the contactless thing would work for three adults and three children?).

    I need to be able to use the whole underground on a Sunday as my daughter is going to uni in London and needs to figure out how to use it effectively.
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    • General Grant
    • By General Grant 17th Aug 19, 3:12 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 3:12 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 3:12 PM
    I haven't traveled on the London underground for quite a few years now, but the last time I did, there was a "travelcard" that covered the whole underground/buses etc I think that my children were included on this as they were all under a particular age.

    Is this still a thing, or do I need to get separate tickets for everyone (my children are now 15, 14 and 6)?

    I looked online but got totally confused by the whole oyster/contactless thing (I couldn't work out how the contactless thing would work for three adults and three children?).

    I need to be able to use the whole underground on a Sunday as my daughter is going to uni in London and needs to figure out how to use it effectively.
    Originally posted by olgadapolga
    Do you actually need a family outing, spending so much time using the public transport system for an 18-yo to get to know how it works?

    Did you look at https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/free-and-discounted-travel/5-10-zip-oyster-photocard?intcmp=55572 ?
    • olgadapolga
    • By olgadapolga 17th Aug 19, 4:39 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 4:39 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 4:39 PM
    Do you actually need a family outing, spending so much time using the public transport system for an 18-yo to get to know how it works?

    Did you look at https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/free-and-discounted-travel/5-10-zip-oyster-photocard?intcmp=55572 ?
    Originally posted by General Grant
    We thought that we could spend some time in London as well, as a family, seeing some of the sights/places of interest.

    Will take a look at that link, thanks for responding
    • flea72
    • By flea72 17th Aug 19, 7:12 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 7:12 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 7:12 PM
    6yr old goes free. Buy one day travel cards for the 14 and 15yr olds. All adults, use a contactless card. Unless you are all planning on visiting london regularly, kids oyster isnt worth the faff for occasional visitors
    • es5595
    • By es5595 17th Aug 19, 7:28 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 7:28 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 7:28 PM
    Also, be aware if you’re coming on a Sunday there are frequently line closures and alterations!

    https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/planned-track-closures
    • KeithP
    • By KeithP 17th Aug 19, 7:34 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 7:34 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 7:34 PM
    flea72 gives the right answer, but just to elaborate a little bit...

    Each person using a contactless payment card must use a separate card. Card sharing will not work.
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    • flea72
    • By flea72 17th Aug 19, 8:32 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 8:32 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 8:32 PM
    flea72 gives the right answer, but just to elaborate a little bit...

    Each person using a contactless payment card must use a separate card. Card sharing will not work.
    Originally posted by KeithP
    Also remember that you have to use the same payment ‘format’ to enter and exit a station. So dont swap between contactless card and applepay (even though the money comes out of the same bank account)
    • t0rt0ise
    • By t0rt0ise 17th Aug 19, 9:47 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 9:47 PM
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    • 17th Aug 19, 9:47 PM
    You could buy oyster cards at an underground station for the two older children and get staff to put child discount on the card. That's the cheapest way as there is a daily cap for travel and the discount will cut it in half.
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