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!<blocparty>!
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:07 AM
hihi.

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. :eek: 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. :o

:D

Elske
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:16 AM
£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 :p )

London tube = one huge rip off :cool:

Pheobo
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:23 AM
...walk?

!<blocparty>!
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:26 AM
£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 :p )

London tube = one huge rip off :cool:

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

:p @ being a fan. :p

!<blocparty>!
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:27 AM
...walk?

This was intended to be amusing, and witty.

No.

:)

Grachka
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:29 AM
Why don't you buy one of those rickshaws? I hear they are quite nippy around the wee streets, whilst also being fashionable!

Have a wonderful time! :)

DelMonte
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:33 AM
Hmm, maybe not. But it's still too much. I want someone to explain these Oyster card thingies.

:p @ being a fan. :p

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?

controlfreak
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:35 AM
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.

!<blocparty>!
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:36 AM
Why don't you buy one of those rickshaws? I hear they are quite nippy around the wee streets, whilst also being fashionable!

Have a wonderful time! :)

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. :hearts:

!<blocparty>!
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:38 AM
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? :D

DelMonte
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:43 AM
Can you buy an Oyster card on the day of arrival? How much are they? :D

£3 and you can get them at any tube station with a ticket office (and most do have one).

Pheobo
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:44 AM
This was intended to be amusing, and witty.

No.

:)


*sigh*...I'm neither amusing or witty so I wouldn't attempt at being either one...

!<blocparty>!
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:52 AM
£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. :D

DelMonte
Jun 24th, 2006, 01:16 AM
Ooooh, OK. And you like, top it up like a mobile? How much is it a day for the tube...roughly. :D

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-tickets/2006/oyster/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.

Andy_
Jun 24th, 2006, 08:57 AM
Ooooh, OK. And you like, top it up like a mobile? How much is it a day for the tube...roughly. :D



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$!!!)

!<blocparty>!
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:41 AM
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$!!!)

Southfields and Wimbledon are in zones 3. ;) But yeah... these Oyster things sound too complicated and we'll probably be travelling loads at night anyway. 7 day travel card it is. :sad:

Thanks for your help Andy and DelMonte. :kiss:

gentenaire
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:56 AM
cycle

Kart
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:57 AM
I've never used an Oyster card but bus is probably the cheapest way of getting around.

I think the 74 goes through Hyde Park corner and you can switch to the 93 in Putney.

It'd take you ages though, personally I'd spend the money on the travel card - maybe just get zones one and two and you can extend it to zone three only when you travel there which might be a bit cheaper.

flyingmachine
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:04 PM
cycle
This is sucide if you do this in London. The traffic in London are just awful despite the congsetion charges is still awful and people especially the one who drives one of these Chlesea trators (SUV)
they don't bloddy care anybody else on the road like if they owed the road.
:( Even walking is better than cycling in London.

marmite1
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:42 PM
I wouldn't recommend the oyster card. Some stations don't even use them yet, plus I know some locals who have had major problems with them. I think your best bet is a travel card. But, if u are willing to restrict yourself to buses then you can get a 7 day bus pass for all zones at about half the price of the 7 day travel card. Obviously the drawback of that is that it'll take you longer to get around and probably have to change more often. It is a lot cheaper though.

7 day bus and tram pass = £13.50

Andy_
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:32 PM
Southfields and Wimbledon are in zones 3. ;)

You're so right! :lol: Maybe it's my remembering a rather longish tube trip that had me hit the '6' key! :p