Hi, I'm travelling down from Glasgow with my son on Sat 5/12 for the Arsenal match - a present gor his 21st Birthday as he's followed the Gunners since the age of 7. I was looking for some info re travel. We intend to get the train from Stansted to Tottenham Hale then underground to Finsbury Park then the reverse journey on return the same day. My query is should we buy visitor Oyster cards for our travel or pre book Stansted express return & pay for underground on the day. Any info would be much appreciated.
4 Dec 15, 08:21
The cheapest and easiest thing to do is to just use a contactless card (your bank card). If hes 21 then presumably he will have one too. (You won't be able to tap down on the gate twice, with just your own card — you will need two cards).
Contactless prices are the same as an oyster card, and you wont have to pay the extra £3 admin fee for the visitor oyster card
But a visitor Oyster card is easy too. You can claim back any credit which you don't use afterwards (but not the 3 quid fee)
(You probably already know this, but they won't work all the way out to stansted, because its too far away. You will still have to pay for the stansted express)
4 Dec 15, 13:10
Thanks for that info, I didnt realise the Oyster card couldnt be used for the Stansted Express - am I cheaper buying online today & printing tickets (think its £30 return) or is it the same price on the day? One other question, our flight home after the game is 8pm, I was hoping to be at Stansted about 7pm to ensure enough time to pass through security etc, we were planning to walk to Finsbury Park tube then return as stated, will we be okay timewise? Thanks again for all your help.
We normally recommend getting there two hours early for a flight, but seeing as its only a domestic flight im sure thats totally unnecessary. Personally I think leaving it just one hour is a bit risky though -- especially in these days of heightened security. Theyll probably check everyones bag thoroughly. but you really need to ask your airline.