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Cheapest way of getting around London..

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K so I'm going to Wimbledon next week and need some advice on what's the cheapest way to travel around the city.

I looked at a 7 day travel card and its like £22. I don't really want to pay that. I was looking at these Oyster card thingies and they're confusing me. Would it be best to use them? All the students do but they mainly use buses and stuff.

We're staying near Hyde Park and needs to get to Wimbledon via tube Mon-Fri and travel around zones 1+2 @ night.

Train's and stuff are already costing loads... and money needs to be saved for pimms and strawberries.


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£22 is not that bad, considering a day pass (zone 1+2) cost £5,30 two years ago (when i went to wimbledon to see Lindsay cause yes, i'm a fan )

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£22 is not that bad, considering a day pass (zone 1+2) cost £5,30 two years ago (when i went to wimbledon to see Lindsay cause yes, i'm a fan )

London tube = one huge rip off
Hmm, maybe not. But it's still too much. I want someone to explain these Oyster card thingies.

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Why don't you buy one of those rickshaws? I hear they are quite nippy around the wee streets, whilst also being fashionable!

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Hmm, maybe not. But it's still too much. I want someone to explain these Oyster card thingies.

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Buy an Oyster card. Is cheaper to travel on it than to buy a day/single ticket (paying cash). Also bus is cheaper than tube and you can use your Oyster card on both.

How long will you be staying in London for?
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I'll only need to make 5 tube journeys in 3 days this Wimbledon so I'm just getting singles every time. My advice for saving money is to cut down on the nightlife. And the Pimms and strawberries, which are obviously an even bigger rip off than getting mugged and beaten to a bloody pulp the moment you set foot in London.
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Why don't you buy one of those rickshaws? I hear they are quite nippy around the wee streets, whilst also being fashionable!

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Are you going to pay for half of the rickshaw? We could employ someone to peddle us around... I don't think they will get congestion chargers. I can see my Vuitton travel set shining as we glide down Sloane Street now.

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Buy an Oyster card. Is cheaper to travel on it than to buy a day/single ticket. Also bus is cheaper than tube and you can use your Oyster card on both.
Can you buy an Oyster card on the day of arrival? How much are they?

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Can you buy an Oyster card on the day of arrival? How much are they?
£3 and you can get them at any tube station with a ticket office (and most do have one).
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This was intended to be amusing, and witty.

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*sigh*...I'm neither amusing or witty so I wouldn't attempt at being either one...
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£3 and you can get them at any tube station with a ticket office (and most do have one).
Ooooh, OK. And you like, top it up like a mobile? How much is it a day for the tube...roughly.

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Ooooh, OK. And you like, top it up like a mobile? How much is it a day for the tube...roughly.
Argh, my comp is dying on me.....keeps shutting itself off.

Anyway, price will vary depending on whether on how often you travel per day, which zones you travel through, what time of the day you travel (peak/off peak) and whether you've put a (weekly, monthly etc) travel card on your Oyster or are paying as you go. You can dowload the 2006 fares and tickets guide from here:
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/fares-tick...er/general.asp

Just scroll all the way down until you get to "Want to know more".

If you are travelling every day, it's cheaper to get the £22 weekly travel card ; much cheaper than paying £4.40 or more per day.

Hope all this makes sense. Travelling in London is a rip-off so don't be too shocked at the prices.
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Ooooh, OK. And you like, top it up like a mobile? How much is it a day for the tube...roughly.


you can top up the oyster card and use it instead of tickets and travel cards... you'll see that single trips cost less if you pay them with the oyster card. Basically every day it'll take money off your credit until you've reached the cost of a daily travelcard, however, so if you plan on travelling a lot, it won't make much of a difference.
Only thing is you're staying near Hyde Park, which means you'll have to travel from zone 1 to 6 to reach Wimbledon, and I think I remember that ONE single trip over 6 zones is something outrageous like 5 pounds! (Consider that a 7-day Metrocard in New York is 24$!!!)

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