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Forum Posts

Travel Card

by Joelle415

In my past visits I've always purchased a 7-day travel card before leaving home. Now I understand you can only order an Oyster Card in advance, but you can still get paper cards at National Rail Stations after arrival. I actually prefer the paper card, since I use it a lot and would rather use than the Oyster. I will be coming in from Heathrow to Paddington and wonder if I can get the 7-day card there or, if not, where?

Re: Travel Card

by planxty

Joelle,

this site is all you need to plan travel in London, it is invaluable.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

This page explains how to get tickets.

Hope this assists,

fergy.

Re: Travel Card

by johngayton

You'll definitely be able to buy one at Paddington but I'm not sure about whether you can get one from the Heathrow rail ticket office - the travel cards aren't usable on the Heathrow Connect and Express services (but are useable, providing you get an all zones one, on the Tube). You can always ask at Heathrow.

Re: Travel Card

by leics

You don't need to order an Oystercard in advance.

This page has an interesting for/against discussion of travelcards and Oysters:

http://www.londontoolkit.com/briefing/travelcard_oyster.htm

This will tell you about travelcards:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/faresandtickets/10628.aspx

and this will tell you where you can buy them (not just railway stations):

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/wheretobuytickets/10409.aspx

Re: Travel Card

by planxty

Just to add, you can pre buy an Oyster if you like from the US on this site so you will have it on arrival. It does not appear to offer an option of pre-buying a paper travelcard.

http://www.visitbritaindirect.com/en-US/detail.aspx?ProductCode=TV105

Re: Travel Card

by leics

Yes, you can pre-buy....but it is not a requirement. You can just get it when you arrive, like the paper travelcards.

Re: Travel Card

by Joelle415

Thanks, all. So my plan then is to buy a paper card 7-day pass at Paddington. It seems I can buy a Zone 1-3 which should cover most of my travel. Appreciate your help!

Re: Travel Card

by Dabs

If you buy your paper 7 day travelcard from Paddington's rail station rather than the tube station, you will be able to use the 2 for 1 offers on this website if you are traveling with someone else. I saved a bunch of money on the Tower of London, Thames Clipper, etc.

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/attraction-types/2for1london.aspx

"Can I use Underground/tube only tickets and/or London Bus only tickets?

No, except as shown below.

However if your travel ticket has an element of National Rail/train company travel included, e.g. any type of 'paper' Travelcard, train/tube inclusive ticket, then the answer is Yes. By way of recognition if your travel ticket shows the Double-Arrow (or 'crows-foot') National Rail logo you're generally safe to assume it is valid. If you are unsure in any way please ask at your local staffed National Rail station."

Travel Tips for London

See the Buckingham Palace,the...

by Hosell

See the Buckingham Palace,the Tower Bridge,the London´s TOWER,the British Museum,the Natural Story Museum, Tate Gallery,the Westminster Abbey,St.Paul's Cathedral,the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum,the National Gallery, the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament,Hyde Park,Regent's Park,Portobello,Oxford street,Picadilly Circus, Covent Garden,and of course a cruise in the Thames!! The visit to the two of my favorites museums in London,the British Museum,and the Natural Story Museum,in this one, I stayed about 5 hours, and just seen the more importants rooms and corridors!!,I hope to see the rest, in my next trip!!.

Imperial War Museum

by Skipka

That is true paradox I am pacifist and went to visit Imperial War Museum ;) As one website notes 'We should not forget that more than 100,000,000 people have died as a result of war this century. ' I should recommend to visit this museum that covers all parts of this phenomenon. You can experience the bombing of London by Germans during WW II, to see technics, equipment and I am sure you will see the "war" in the other light. I was impressed by the collection of toys that belonged to children of this period. After such a visit you will gain much more than you expected. Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Rd, London, SE1
Tel: (0) 171 416 5320
underground stop Elephant & Castle

Take some Unusual Photos

by Jenniflower

When visiting London, don't just take photos of the typical tourist things like Big Ben, the Horse Guards and a London taxi. Here are some ideas for other, perhaps more unique, photos of London:

- a traditional London phone box: these are all over. We have quite a few pics of in laws - playing in them haha

- a routemaster bus: if you are fortunate enough to see one, and then to actually get on it now (as they have been decommissioned), then grab the chance while you can!

- take a shot of one of the many little animals that frequent London pathways... foxes, squirrels, all types of birdies etc.

- take an interesting photo of a street performer (plenty in Covent Garden!).

- interesting window displays, especially along Regent Street and Oxford Circus, and Kensington - some are truly amazing :)

- street signs - a personal favourite. I LOVE taking shots of well known places plus interesting/quaint names.

- often there are dedications on plaques and benches etc. I love taking shots of these!

- take an ordinary monument and take the shot at an interesting angle!

Pubs

by herzog63

You will find that the locals like to hang out in the pubs in the evenings! At least my friends did! Nice atmosphere although a little to smokey for me! Great place to find out what the local gossip is!! I only stuck my head in this pub just to check it out. I loved the shape of the outside!! Must have been built back before the streets got squared up!

Harden's "London For Free"

by Mariajoy

This excellent little yellow book has oodles of info on things to see and do in London, Museums, city zoos, galleries, parks and with maps and websites etc etc. At only £5.99 (mine was £4.99 from a local bookshop) it's an invaluable resource for travelers on a budget! It's nice and slim too, so easy to carry in a pocket or rucksack.

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