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They do not need to - there is a fixed fare per bus journey (£1.50 at the time of writing), no matter how long you travel. It gets a little bit more complicated if taking more than one journey - with the new 'Hopper Fare' you can make unlimited journeys (on busses) within one hour. A British transport enthusiast celebrated this by changing bus over twenty ...


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Since January 2016 you can use your Contactless or Oyster card to travel from Gatwick to London on both normal rail services, and the Gatwick Express. The prices for single fares on normal services can be found in the Single Fare Finder, and based on it a trip from Gatwick to East Croydon costs £5.20 peak / £3.00 off peak, to London Bridge (or other ...


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Transaction Fees for Foreign Cards If your bank charges you a fee, as well as a percentage, for every transaction you make in a foreign currency, you could save quite a bit by topping up an oyster card once every so often as opposed to using a contactless payment card every day. For example my bank charges me 3€ + 2% for each non Euro transaction. This ...


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If you've got a contactless credit or debit card, you don't need an oyster card. Since September 2014 you can just tap in using that contactless card everywhere you can use an Oyster card, and it charges you the same rate as an Oyster card, with the same daily capping policy. (there are other high tech "contactless" options too like NFC smartphone apps ...


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Weekly travelcard: Contactless weekly travelcard is only from Monday to Sunday, so if you arrive and leave mid-week, you might get better rates if you still get an Oyster card, and buy a weekly travelcard on that. On the other hand it might still be cheaper if you don't intend to travel every day for 7 days to just use your Contactless and use the daily ...


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You get an Oyster card from the machine at a tube station. As for the refund Oyster Card Refunds The £5 deposit you pay for an Oyster card is refundable along with any pre-pay (Pay as you go) money left on the card. Before you claim a refund, it’s worth bearing in mind that if you’ve used your Oyster card on a Pay as you go basis and it’s ...


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The terminology does get confusing. Basically, you have an Oyster card with: A "7-day Zone 1 & 2 Travelcard" on it. This gives you free travel within Zones 1 & 2 for 7 days. It is worth £33 and it will... ...let you travel as often as you like on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services within the London travel zones [in ...


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One of the issues that could be encountered when using Apple Pay or Google Wallet for your contactless travel is when your device runs out of battery after you've started a journey - you will not be able to "tap out" and then will be charged the full penalty fare. Most devices with contactless payment are still relatively new, but we all know that with time,...


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Your assumption that TfL and SWT are working together is wrong - at least so far as fare setting goes. And there are in fact four different fares available to you - although only the first two involve a reasonable journey; the two more expensive ones will be slower than at least one of the cheaper options. State owned TfL in agreement with the Mayor sets ...


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Consult this map, which marks all zones and the stations located within them http://content.tfl.gov.uk/london-rail-and-tube-services-map.pdf While I haven't bothered to memorise every single zone Limit (since I'm not a UK resident, but a fairly frequent visitor), I do know where the outer boundaries of the TFL area are located, which is the most important ...


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Oyster and Visitor Oyster are more alike than they are different. They are both stored-value cards that deduct the price of trips as you make them, up to a daily cap. Journey prices and coverage are the same for both variants. Each kind of card can be topped up with cash or credit at machines found all over the system, if you find yourself using more than ...


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There are a number of discounts that are only available on Oyster - you can get these discounts loaded up on an Oyster card and they are then automatically applied at the ticket gate, but this can't be done for contactless cards. For a regular commuter, most importantly there's also the Annual Gold Card discount. You get this for having any annual season ...


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I phoned TfL to find the answer to this. It's simple and straightforward: The rate depends on when you touch in. Peak fares apply from 06:30 to 09:29 and from 16:00 to 18:59 Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Off-peak fares apply at all other times. That is, if you touch in during those two three-hour periods, you will be charged the peak fare. ...


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You can travel on most public transportation in London with your Oyster Card - Bus, Tube, tram, DLR (Docklands Light Railway), London Overground, and Thames Clipper boats. You can even use it on the Emirates Air Line. The Oyster Card gives you a wide area of travel. The Tube has 9 zones. As long as you start and finish your journey within these 9 zones, ...


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[Before January 2016]: You can get an Oyster card from the airport. However, it's not available on the trains yet. You'll have to buy a ticket at the station (there are machines on your right as you walk into the train station at the airport). If you want to go to Monument, you'll only have to change once, and you won't need to buy a new ticket. Buy a ...


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This site says that you can buy Visitor OysterCards at the GatwickExpress ticket office, and also pre-order them and have them delivered. The Gatwick Express site says that the ticket office at Gatwick is open 24 x 7. You may not need an Oyster Card at all if your debit card does contactless payments. Gatwick trains now accept contactless payments This ...


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The TfL website does not mention a deposit refund for faulty Oyster cards. They only mention that after you get a new card they will transfer the credit and passes you had on the faulty card. Quoting from TfL: Faulty Oyster card If your Oyster card doesn't work when you touch it on a yellow card reader, it may be faulty. You'll need to get a new ...


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Note that there is a specific option for a Visitor Oyster card. This is the same as a normal Oyster, but you pay a small fee (£3) to buy it instead of a deposit (£5) on a regular Oyster. One big advantage of a visitor Oyster is that 11-15 yr olds can get the child discount without needing a Zip photocard. According to https://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/help/...


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You can buy Oyster cards at lots of places. I usually do so at the Heathrow tube station myself. What you can't buy are the Visitor Oyster cards. Quoting http://www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/buying-tickets you can "get and top up Oyster cards from" London Travel Information Centres Oyster Ticket Stops Stations & tram stops Emirates Air Line ...


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From my station, a Super Off-Peak Day return is £17.80. Including a Travelcard makes it £23.30 (an increase of £5.50, to save you working that out). A one-day price-cap on Oyster is £6.40 for Zone 1 and more for other zones. If you are actually travelling into London and out to Zone 6 on your paper train ticket, then the daily cap on Oyster for that usage ...


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The TfL mapping guys have indeed jumped the gun. Though it's hard to prove a negative in this case, the Heathrow Express website is correct. The most official source you'll probably get, the Heathrow Express Conditions of Carriage, state unequivocally that Oyster is invalid. However, Oyster is expected to be implemented imminently (I believe estimates were ...


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As far as I know Oyster card is only valid in London. They are trying to extend it to neighbouring towns (I think at some point you will be able to use it on train services to get to some of the airports), but definitely it doesn't work in Leeds. Note that if you have a contactless credit/debit card, you can use this one instead. There are daily caps on all ...


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The answer to your question is no. Practically, your option is to tolerate the maximum fare [in breach of the TfL conditions of carriage] and claim a refund, which will be granted unless you make a habit out of it. 6.8.5 [...] If you do not touch in at the start and touch out at the end of your journey, you may be charged a maximum fare and this journey ...


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According to this Tripadvisor post: London Airports: Heathrow Underground station and Gatwick Express station sell Oyster Also stated on Gatwick Express's site: You can purchase a Visitor Oyster Card online or you can simply visit the ticket window when you arrive at Gatwick Airport Train Station. Also from visitlondon: You can also buy an ...


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You can buy and use Oyster cards without registering them, so they allow you to travel anonymously, i.e., without giving a corporation the (immediate) ability to link your motion profile with your identity. (Of course, other factors might make it possible to predict your identity with some accuracy anyway.)


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Yes, you can sometimes use an Oyster card outside London, but not very far from London. You can't use it in Leeds, nor in other distant cities like Birmingham or Southampton or Glasgow. But some places near London, like Amersham, Watford, Hertford, Shenfield or Redhill do allow Oyster to be used on some services. For complete details see this page, and in ...


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In January 2016, you could not get a refund within 48 hours. During our visit to London on the 1st of January 2016, we found out you can not get a refund for your Oyster card through a machine at the station within 48 hours of buying it. This was confirmed by a Transport for London employee, but I could not find this requirement in writing, now or then.


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I haven't noticed anyone give this answer yet, so I'll give it myself: You can buy a Boundary Zone 4 to Gatwick Airport fare for £6.60 (single with no railcard). You won't be able to buy this online, and most ticket machines won't sell it either, so you'll probably need to ask at a ticket office. This will be valid only in conjunction with a Zone 1-4 ...


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You can go anywhere in zones 1 to 9 (which excludes travelling to Heathrow airport by Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect). On national rail from Paddington, that's basically as far as West Drayton, Hayes & Harlington, or Greenford. You can see a full explanation and a map of where you can travel to (including from other mainline stations) on the TFL ...


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In the end, TfL did in fact refund my deposit and send me a new Oyster card.


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