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Ealing for 7 days - 7 day travel card/cheapest way to get around

visiting England for 1 week then heading out to Scotland for 1 week.
I am staying in Ealing and will need to use public transport daily to visit a family member in a Nursing home.
the home i rented is 15 mins walk to Ealing Broadway. I want to do trips to london etc. What is the best card to get for the full week.
I arrive in London 30th April and head out to Scotland 6th May.

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We’ve stayed in Ealing for an extended time and with the system of registering a cc with TFL (Transportation for London) and tapping in and out with the cc we could use all modes of transportation in and around Ealing. The TFL site will monitor your usage and impose daily caps and fees as necessary. Go to their link to learn more https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/how-to-pay-and-where-to-buy-tickets-and-oyster/pay-as-you-go/contactless-and-mobile-pay-as-you-go. Ealing is a great hub!

Posted by
2793 posts

I don't see any need to register your credit card with tfl. Just use the same card for all your trips (including bus) and the best daily capped rates will always be applied.

Posted by
1003 posts

Larry is right - there is no need to register a credit card. You just need to make sure that whatever card you use has contactless technology. Alternatively you can also use phone or smart watch pay.

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3993 posts

We needed to contact tfl about an over charge on one of our trips last year, too much time had elapsed they said, Elizabeth Line stopped half way and it took us much longer to get to our destination we said. We disputed the extra charge and they refunded the penalty they had charged us. I think you may need an account to communicate with them about issues like this?

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If you do have an issue you can always set up an account later if you need to. We have had Oyster cards for a long time, maybe 10-15 years and we haven't yet needed an account. There's nothing wrong with setting one up, but it seems just a chore too many for a week's stay.

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33324 posts

a Travelcard Weekly Season will expect you travel into central London, that's what the price is based on.

Is the Nursing Home in central London so you'll be going in every day, or is it nearer to Ealing? If it is local to where you are staying you may find you are overpaying. If you are mostly on buses rather than the train or tube you will most certainly be overpaying.

If you tap in and out on the tube, and just in on buses you will get the best prices, no matter if using an Oyster or contactless.

Posted by
6708 posts

You need to look at the price chart and work out whether PAYG or weekly travelcard for the relevant zones is the best option, bearing in mind that a travelcard does not need to include Zone 1 if that is not relevant to you- it can just include many combinations of outer zones- https://content.tfl.gov.uk/adult-fares.pdf

Bear in mind that travelcard prices rise by 5% in March, whereas PAYG prices are frozen