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Oyster Card or Travelcard for 2 people for 5 days in London?

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Oyster Card or Travelcard for 2 people for 5 days in London?

Two of us will be traveling in London for 4.5 days. Should we use an Oyster card or Travelcard, or something else?

What is the difference/benefits of each?

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1. Re: Oyster Card or Travelcard for 2 people for 5 days in London?

Oyster is a way to pay for travel. Oyster cards hold seven day and longer season ticket Travelcards, Pay As You Go pre-pay money (PAYG use has a daily cap for journeys taken; any made after you reach the cap fare are free of charge) or both Travelcard and PAYG money for those who may wish to travel beyond the paid for zones.

The question you need to consider is this: will you use the offers shown at www.daysoutguide.co.uk ? If so, you will need paper Travelcards bought at a National Rail ticket office.

If you do not want to use the offers - most of which will be renewed this or next month - buy seven day Travelcards loaded on Oyster cards, with a bit of PAYG money if you plan to take the Underground from LHR to your hotel.

A seven day card, with no time of day constraints (PAYG and one day Travelcard fares are calculated with peak or off peak travel times applied) for zones 1 and 2 costs £30.40. Like PAYG on Oyster, you may use Travelcards on all forms of transport in the paid for zones plus buses in zones 1 - 6.

Five days of off peak PAYG use in zones 1 and 2 on Oyster will cost £7 each day; five one day off peak Travelcards for those zones will cost £7.30 each.

If you want to use the offers, let us know where you have booked to stay. Let us know as well whether you'll fly to and from Heathrow, another London airport, or travel to and from the city by rail.

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2. Re: Oyster Card or Travelcard for 2 people for 5 days in London?

I am flying into LHR on March 6th around 7:30 AM and will be staying at the Bloomsbury Hotel at 16-22 Great Russell Road, London.

I'm still not sure if the travelcard or oyster card is best?

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3. Re: Oyster Card or Travelcard for 2 people for 5 days in London?

< I'm still not sure if the travelcard or oyster card is best? >

Oystercard is an electronic wallet. By itself it's useless. You put cash (PAYG) or a Travelcard - or even both - on it to make it useful.

For more than 4 days it's generally cheap to get a 7 day Zone 1-2 Travelcard and add extra cash for trvael outside those zones (eg Heathrow)

HOWEVER the fly in the ointment (but a valuable fly) is that there is a loophole in the daysoutguide.com scheme that allows the use of Travelcards to claim the 2-4-1 offers. But the loophole requires that you buy a Travelcard from a National Rail ticket office - if you look up to the right under "London Questions" there is normally one about Oystercards / Travelcards / getting around. Read that.

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4. Re: Oyster Card or Travelcard for 2 people for 5 days in London?

If you don't want to use the offers mentioned above, buy seven day Travelcards for zones 1 and 2 on arrival at LHR. Those cards will cost £30.40; they'll be sold loaded on Oyster cards (the £5 deposit for each card is refundable when you hand in the card at a Tube ticket office at the end of your stay).

Add £5 of PAYG money to cover the journey from LHR to King's Cross (Heathrow is in zone 6) and start using the Travelcard straight away. The jorney to King's Cross is step free; you may either take a taxi to your hotel (fare perhaps £10) or take any of the numbers 10, 73 or 390 from stop R just across Euston Road from the station to the stop for Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury Street. The bus journey will be included in the cost of the Travelcard.

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5. Re: Oyster Card or Travelcard for 2 people for 5 days in London?

Hi, TravellerPlus: I just want to add my thanks for your very patient and clear explanations of Oyster/Travelcards. For those of us who are not familiar with the system, it is extremely confusing to comprehend.

While many posters here have kindly tried to explain the system to us tourists, the terminology is also unfamiliar to us...Travelcards...Oyster Card...2-4-1...National rail office...plastic tickets...paper tickets, Travel Pass, etc.

But the above explanation is about the clearest I've seen anywhere. I know it must be a very repetitious chore for you. But it is really very useful.

Thanks again.

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6. Re: Oyster Card or Travelcard for 2 people for 5 days in London?

You're welcome, pacosmom.

The 'how in the name of sanity do I pay for transport in London?' questions would be much simpler without the two for one offers being in the picture. If it were a matter of using Travelcards or PAYG on Oyster then mathematics would be applied, an algorithm followed, and a decision made.

But the two for one offers throw the algorithm into a cocked hat. In any event, happy to have helped.

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