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I bought a 7 day London Oyster card for zones 1, 2, and 3 for 45 pounds, before realizing my hotel for the first two days was in Woolwich, which is in zone 4.

What is the best way to extend the use of my card? I plan to ride from Woolwich to/from zones 2 and 3 twice a day, so 4 trips total.

Do I just load extra money on the card, and if so: how much?

  • This page: Add or reduce zones on your Travelcard says you cannot change 7 Day or monthly Travelcards. – Weather Vane Nov 5 '18 at 19:47
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    Parts of Woolwich seem to be in zone 3. Check out the distance of your hotel to the nearest station / bus stop in zone 3? – Weather Vane Nov 5 '18 at 19:56
  • If he buys a seperate travelcard for the new zone on the same oyster card is he covered for travel between the zones? – Peter Green Nov 5 '18 at 20:05
  • Wait a moment -- a 7-day Travelcard for zones 2-3 should not cost 45 pounds, not even if the deposit for an Oyster card is added. What exactly is it you have? – Henning Makholm Nov 5 '18 at 20:06
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    (Hmm, a 7-day Travelcard for zone 1-3 costs 40 pounds, which together with the 5 pound Oyster deposit would match the 45 pounds in the question). – Henning Makholm Nov 5 '18 at 20:08
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An Oyster card is two things:

  • First, a stored-value card that you can load money onto and pay for travel trip for trip (Pay As You Go),
  • Second, an electronic container for Travelcard, which offer unlimited travel within several zones in a particular range of days.

It sounds like you have bought an Oyster card that is preloaded with 7-day travelcard for zones 1-3.

Supposedly the PAYG fares play well together with the Travelcard so you only pay for the part of your journey that is not covered by the Travelcard zones. So you can just load some PAYG money onto the Oyster card (there are machines for this at all stations) and then touch in and out normally.

How much it will cost depends on how you travel.

  • If you're going from Woolwich Dockyard station, that is in zone 3 and covered by your Travelcard.

  • If you're taking the Southeastern or Thameslink trains from Woolwhich Arsenal station towards London Bridge etc., the peak fare to Woolwich Dockyard (which is the first zone-3 station) is 2.60 pounds. Off-peak is only 2.20 pounds.

  • If you're taking the Docklands Light Railway from Woolwich Arsenal, that is only 1.70 pounds or 1.50 off-peak.

What I would do in your situation is load 10 pounds onto the card and check at one of the machines on the second day how much your travel so far has cost you (you may have been lucky and some of them counted as off-peak) and whether you need to add more money (or detour via the DLR) to cover for the last journey.

Alternatively take a bus to a station in zone 3. Every travelcard, no matter which zones, is valid for buses in all of Greater London.

  • Amazing, thx! Exactly the info I was looking for. <3 – Jeroen Nov 5 '18 at 20:36

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