My daughter, who is living in London this semester, told me to get a 5 day tube pass. Is a 5 day tube pass the same as a 5 day travel pass? Thanks, debby
I think that there are at least two ways to get 5 day unlimited rides on the tube. You can buy an oyster card and load a 5 day pass onto it. As far as I know, you have to do this in London. The other way to get five days of unlimited rides is to buy a travelpass. You can buy this before you go through visitbritaindirect.com. You need to know which zones you want to travel. If you are staying and traveling in central London zones 1-2 should be ok.
Travelcards - aka Tube passes (I suspect), aka travel passes - are the cards of choice for those who wish to use the Tube, bus and DLR.
Travelcards are available in one, three and seven day format, as well as one month and longer season tickets. For a stay of five days to a week, the seven day Travelcard for zones 1 and 2 should be the business. At a cost of £23.20, it offers unlimited use of the Tube and DLR in those zones, plus bus use in all six zones.
If your daughter lives outside zone 2, you'll need a card to cover that area, as well: seven day cards for zones 1-3 cost £27.40, zones 1-4 £33.20, zones 1-5 £39.80 and zones 1-6 £43.00.
You can get your Travelcard when you arrive in London, at any Tube station. A seven day Travelcard will be issued to you on a plastic Oyster card, a smart card with the value of your Travelcard loaded on it. Just place Oyster cards flat on the yellow touch pads you'll see at Tube station gates and on buses, and carry on with your journey.
I posted some inaccurate information -- my travelcard is for seven days. There was no 5 day option. You can buy the travelcard in the States before you go, but it sounds like buying an oyster in London doesn't take much time at all.
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