>A week in London staying near West Finchley arriving Heathrow Nov 3
5 Oct 15, 03:21
Transportation is the number one quandary. Travel card loaded onto an Oyster Card or Pay as you go Oyster card? Have to get to West Finchley Tube station from Heathrow and do a return trip 7 days later. Most days will find us going into Zones 1 or 2 from Zone 4. We will no doubt be using public transportation within Zones 1 and 2 as well. What is the least expensive type of travel pass?
1) From Heathrow Terminals 2&3 take the Piccadilly Line 2) Change at Green Park to the Jubilee Line 3) Leave the train at Finchley Road
Can you offer an3443 some help with this itinerary? Why not post a reply?
5 Oct 15, 08:22
I would definitely go for a pay as you go oyster. All you have to do is load enough money on it to to cover the 'daily cap' for each day, for the zones you want (which will work out cheaper than a travel card for the same zones). If you put too little on it then you can always top it up, and If you put too much then you can always claim back what's left at the end of your stay.
But bear in mind you have to pay a £5 deposit per card when you set them up (you can claim that back at the end as well)
If you want to get one whilst abroad then you will need something called a 'visitor oyster card', which is basically the same thing as a pay as you go oyster, but for tourists
5 Oct 15, 16:14
Thanks for the help. I am abroad, but should I go ahead and get the Visitor Oyster or just wait and buy the Oyster Card at Heathrow?
no difference really -- they are basically the same thing, so its up to you.
the visitor oyster cards only come in set amounts though (ie. £10, £15, £20... up to £50), so they might not have the exact amount you want... but you can always top them up afterwards.
visitor oyster cards usually come with a book of discount vouchers as well -- things like 10% off a particular restaurant, or 10% off a tour etc -- so maybe you'd like to get one for that.
5 Oct 15, 20:18
Yes, I see that might be a plus. Can anyone tell me where, near Finchley or in Zone 1 or2 I can find a National Rail station that shares a location with the Tube? I am looking into the 2 for 1 attraction vouchers available if one gets paper travel pass from a Rail station. Has to be printed on official Nat'l Rail paper with the Rail emblem. Since we will be there for 8 days, we could get to our Finchley lodging on day one then on into Zone 1 or 2 with a one day zone 1 - 6. We will then need to get a 7 day pass zone1 - 6 to take care of the rest of our traveling and back to Heathrow.