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Transport for London ("TfL"), a local government body responsible for most aspects of the transport system in Greater London, England.

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Why does the London Underground use two live rails instead of just one?

There are two contact rails in London Underground: one with 420 V DC and one with -210 V DC. Why not use 630 V and 0 V? Wouldn't it make one of the rails safe for people?
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Fastest way from Haverhill to Central London (King's Cross)?

Let's say I want to get from the southwest corner of Suffolk (say, Haverhill) to Central London (say, King's Cross) and I have a car. I certainly don't want to drive in Central London not to mention ...
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Can I get through a ticket barrier if I didn’t put my ticket through at the start of the journey?

So the journey I take to work (southeastern) the ticket barriers are always open in the morning. I usually still put my ticket through the machine regardless as I am scared that if I just walk through ...
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Going from Notting Hill Gate to LCY City Airport - quickest and cheapest way?

I wish to find the quickest way from Notting Hill to City airport by train or by taxi or Uber. I have bags.
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Taking a non-foldable bike from Paddington station in London, UK

I need to take my non-foldable bike from Paddington station in London to the tube station Woodside Park. I understand you can't take a non-foldable bike on the tube 07:30 - 09:30 or 16:00 - 19:00, ...
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Can I take the 105 bus into Heathrow Central Bus Station?

I'm staying at the Premier Inn on Bath Road the night before my flight out of Heathrow T3. I don't really want to have to fork over £5 per person for the Hotel Hopper bus since I have a travelcard ...
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How are London zones calculated?

Inspired by Tyne and Wear metro: Tynemouth to Airport; only 2 zones?. Earls Court is in zones 1 and 2: Say if I travel from Waterloo (zone 1) to Earls Court (zone 1 and 2) and then to another ...
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Ticket from Attleborough to Heathrow T3

Does my Trainline ticket from Attleborough to Heathrow Terminal 3 include the cost of tube ticket?
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Are National Rail tickets the same price as TFL Oyster for the same route?

Today I travelled from Orpington to London Charing Cross. Both are National Railway stations and I bought an Anytime Day Return from a ticket machine at Orpington for £14.60. It was only after I ...
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TfL says I must purchase a new Oyster card after failing to collect Auto top-up

I just checked my Oyster card online that I haven't used in a while and the 'Manage Auto top-up' page says: Your last Auto top-up request has not been collected. This may be due to a technical ...
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Best exit from King's Cross St, Pancras underground to German Gymnasium Euro style grand cafe in historic gym?

Which is the best exit to take from King's Cross St. Pancras Underground to walk to the German gymnasium?
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London underground + airport trips: combining daily caps with trips to airports

I intend to pay with a contactless card, in London Underground + buses, and to reach the daily/weekly spending cap. Once I have already reached the daily cap, what's the cheapest way of combining ...
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How to get Web Credit onto Oyster card

I have Web Credit in my account but the only option appears to be to redeem it to my bank. Can I transfer it to my Oyster card somehow?
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Heathrow Express Oyster/contactless

While looking at the London rail and tube services map recently I noticed that the depiction of the Heathrow Express has changed on the latest version of that map has changed. The map still says that ...
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Heathrow terminal 5 to East Croydon via bus with luggage

I'm travelling with my wife to London, and each of us has a 23kg suitcase with wheels and a backpack. I understand that bus routes 490 & X26 will take me from T-5 to East Croydon, but I'm worried ...
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Compensation for Delayed Train Due to London Underground Issue

My question is quite specific, and I hope it's on topic here because I'm really unsure where to ask it! If it isn't on topic, as well as marking it as such I would ask that you please help me out by ...
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Pink Oyster reader did not reduce the fare correctly?

Yesterday I traveled from Hayes & Harlington to Tooting Broadway avoiding zone 1 and tapped on the pink reader at West Brompton. The Oyster card is linked to a 16-25 Railcard and the entire ...
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Why do London Underground Bakerloo line trains have a driver's carriage in the middle of the train? [closed]

I need to know! Surely they're not half the length of all other lines because the platforms are full length...
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How accurate are the route annotations for alternative fares in TfL's Single Fare Finder?

When using Transport for London's (TfL) Single Fare Finder to find costs for journeys where multiple possible routes exist, Alternative Fares are sometimes available. These are listed with a note such ...
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How can I find out the default route assumed by TfL's Single Fare Finder?

Transport for London (TfL) has a Single Fare Finder which allows you to determine the cost of a contactless/Oyster pay-as-you-go journey between any two stations on the London Underground, Docklands ...
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Guide on Thames-boat in London

Some years ago, I was traveling with boat on the Thames east, I believe from Embankment to Greenwich. I believe this was on a regular TfL-boat, but I may have either accidentally gotten on the wrong ...
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Can I use an Oyster card to travel to Welwyn Garden City?

I’ll be taking the Great Northern train from London’s King’s Cross station to Welwyn Garden City. Can I use an Oyster card for this? Is there a weekly pass that I can use? I’ll be traveling this route ...
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When we travel to Zone 4 in London with an Oyster card purchased for Zone 1 and Zone 3, how are the fares calculated?

I purchased an Oyster card that can be used in Zones 1 to 3. How are the charges applied when I travel further from Zone 3 (let's say I'm traveling to a Zone 4 location), starting from a location in ...
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How far do I have to walk from London underground station to St Pancras international station?

How far do I have to walk from the London underground at St Pancras railway station to the St Pancras International to catch my train?
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How far can I go to Gatwick Airport with a zone 1-4 Oystercard?

The title pretty much says it all. I'll be leaving from near the National History Museum, so the closest stations are Gloucester Road and South Kensington. My objective is to minimize cost.
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Is there a way to see my complete Oyster card travel history online?

I have been using the same (visitor) travel/Oyster card to on TfL for several years and would like to see my full history for all my visits to London. I know there is a way to see at least recent ...
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TFL Journey planner that optimises for price? Or at least avoids zone 1?

There are many journeys in London that are cheaper when avoiding zone 1, avoiding national rail and using buses for some or all of the journey. Is there a good manual method of finding such routes or ...
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Oyster Caps - Zone 1-2 Cappted travel with Single Ticket ontop

Can someone please explain this? I did one journey from Zone 8, and the rest of my time was spent in Zones 1-2. I have a 16-25 Railcard on my Oyster so the Zone 1-2 cap is £4.35 and the zones 1-8 is £...
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London Underground:Baker St to Liverpool St, step access

My wife is travelling from Marylebone to Liverpool street in London and plan to walk from Marylebone to Baker Street before getting the underground to Liverpool Street. The tfl journey planner ...
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Is there a "local" version of the Piccadilly service?

On a recent early morning trip to Heathrow on the Piccadilly Line, the train I was on called at Ravenscourt Park, Stamford Brook, and the other District Line stations it passes through. These stations ...
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Tips for London Public Transport for a first visit with a 3 year old [closed]

We will be visiting London for the first time in August with our 3 Year Old son. I know for a fact that if we have to enjoy our stay in London we have to use the public transport system and not rent ...
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Oyster card—London only?

I vaguely remember using an "Oyster card" somewhere other than London. But perhaps I am misremembering. Is there another place that uses that term for transit?
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London Tube: Buying paper tickets at Gatwick?

I need to make 1 return ride with the London tube. I figured out that a paper tickets is the best option (don't have contactless credit card, and I do not need a oyster card) but: Can I buy a paper ...
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Does a ticket to “London terminals” permit travel on the London Underground? [duplicate]

If I buy a ticket to “LONDON TERMINALS”, such as this ticket, is that ticket valid to any London terminal, or only until the first one I arrive at? For example, from Earley such a ticket is either ...
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Is there an updated PDF or other downloadable version of TfL's Legible London map?

Over the past several years London has deployed a program of wayfinding maps and resources, most strikingly in the form of a forest of (stunning) enameled steel "monoliths": These, and the other ...
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Is there a way to tell in which direction a London Tube train will pass the station platform?

Many transit apps and websites provide information on the optimal Tube train section or carriage to enter as part of journey planning. But in order to make use of this information (unless one ...
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How does oyster card work with child fare (example)

This question is related to... Oyster Card - how does it actually work? But it's not the same. So basically I'm traveling to London as a tourist and plan to stay for 1 day seeing the sights, etc. -...
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Why did Oyster card charge me £43 but only gave me a credit for £5?

This is my first time travelling to London and I'm very confused by the travel infrastructure here. When I landed at Heathrow, I bought a 7 day Oyster card for Zone 1-2 and I was charged £43 for it. ...
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Getting around in London by metro [duplicate]

Is there an all-day metro pass in London? For example in Tokyo, Japan there's an all-month metro pass and there's also one in Cologne, Germany. Does London also have something similar? I have heard ...
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Entering Emirates Stadium, Block vs Turnstile

I have never been to Emirates Stadium and have tickets for the match tomorrow (10 Dec) with a friend. The instructions say that unless we enter at the right place we can be refused entry altogether, ...
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Oyster or travelcard for 5 days?

Me and my family (two adults, one 14year old) are going to visit London for 5 days (Saturday to Wednesday). Our hotel is near Crystal Palace in zone 3, but it has only Overground connections. On ...
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Where to buy an Oyster card and where to get the refund after a short time of use

A group of 4 teenage girls will visit London for two days and want to use a travel card for both days. But a paper travel card is £12 per day and the cap on an Oyster card is about £6.50 for the day. ...
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Oyster card broken - can I get a refund?

My Oyster card has physically broken (it's bent and no longer reads). The ticket office advised me to buy a new one and phone the support line to get the credit transferred, but can I also get the £5 ...
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Why does cost of the travel from zone 1 to zone 3 in London depend on means of transportation?

Wimbledon Station: zone 3 Waterloo Station: zone 1 The fastest way is to take a direct train that takes 16 minutes - Google Maps The cheapest way is to take the Tube but it would take much longer. ...
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Extending Oyster card trip outside the Oyster card validity zones with valid ticket outside zones and without changing trains?

If I had a season ticket from the last station where Oyster/contactless cards are valid to a couple of stops further out and wanted to go back from London to the final stop covered by the ticket, I ...
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Which Oyster card should I get as a foreign visitor to London?

My 10 year old daughter and I will be in London 4-7 May, landing at Gatwick in the evening from Stockholm, then staying at a hotel near Acton railway station. I have found a route from the airport to ...
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U1256 Underground Ticket - How many journeys permitted?

I have an off-peak return ticket which is marked: From: BRIGHTON To: U1256 LONDN The ticket does not say "travelcard" anywhere. Just what does that entitle me to in terms of LU travel? I'm ...
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Accessible travel by Tube from Heathrow to Kings Cross

I understand the Tube is the best way to get from Heathrow to Kings Cross. Does this journey have escalators and lifts all the way? I am unable to carry my cases.
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Can I use an oyster card outside London?

I'm travelling to London in 2 weeks and I wanted to buy an Oyster card. The thing is, I'll only be in London for a week and then I'll be going to Leeds. Will it be useful to have my Oyster card? Or ...
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Where can I find accurate London bus route maps?

Is there any place where I can find the geographically accurate route followed by a specified bus route in London?
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