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Oyster from Gatwick to Charing Cross

Train from Gatwick to Charing Cross. Travelling approx 4:00 pm on a weekday. Best route appears to be Thameslink to London Bridge, change to Southeastern to Charing Cross.

1. Is 4:00 on a weekday considered peak for a journey into London? Some sources say just 6:30-9:30, others say 4:00-6:00 also.
2. Which is cheaper, Oyster/contactless or paper ticket? Some sources say it makes a difference depending on whether the journey is peak or off-peak?
3. Assuming I am correct that it is all one ticket or one tap/tap. I don't tap out at London Bridge and tap back in again. Correct?

I've tried to research this myself, but am getting tons of contradictory information.

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See the TfL fare finder here-

Peak from Gatwick is only in the morning (but within fare zones 1 to 6 is also in the afternoon from 4 to 7pm). On Oyster or Contactless it is £10.10 off peak, on a paper ticket it is £20.40 (because paper tickets have no off peak fare, just an anytime fare)

So you are off peak fare.

No don't tap out at London Bridge. Just change platforms and trains there.