We have a trip planned for the latter half of April, and we will be staying at Hever Castle. While we have some activities planned that aren't in London, most of our days will be there. I understand there is a train to Edentown Station or Hever, but what would be our best options for travel back and forth between Hever and London? We thought we could use an Oyster Card for travel within the city. Would that be a smart choice? The transportation choices still seem fairly confusing. There's also some discussion of renting a car and driving to the nearest underground station for our London days. Any advice for us? (There are 6 of us.)
it seems like a long train journey to be taking every day -- 50 minutes there and back. looking on the national rail website the tickets are about £9 to £12 each (one way), depending when you book them, and what time you get.
if you're all UK adults then the easiest thing to do once you're in London is just to use your everyday bank card (contactless card). that is by far the easiest, and it also happens to be the cheapest. a pay-as-you-go oyster card would be exactly the same price, but you'd have to buy them and top them up, and pay an extra £5 deposit per card as well.
contactless card prices are shown here. you will most likely just need the prices for zone 1, but it depends where you're going. the trains from hever all seem to arrive into the same station -- london bridge (next door to the shard).
6 Mar 17, 04:39
Well, we're all Yanks. Staying at Hever was a big piece of the trip for the organizer (and it's already paid for), so I don't have much choice about the travel from there to London. And by the time I figured out that it wasn't the most convenient location for a London visit, it was too late. I'm just trying to figure out what is the best transportation choice.
6 Mar 17, 09:07
In that case you should probably get a Visitor Oyster card -- londondrum.com/transport/visitor-oyster ... -cards.php Its exactly the same fare as a normal pay-as-you-go Oyster card but you can have it delivered before you go (as long as you don't mind the postage to America) and stick some credit on it at the same time
If you don't fancy the postage then just get a normal pay-as-you-go Oyster card when you arrive.
The most you'll need to pay each day is the 'daily cap' for the zones you're travelling through, which will most likely just be zone 1. You can see the daily caps on the fare page.