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Supplements to our 7 day Travel Card (London)

Hey guys,
So we're going to buy the 7 Day Travel Card for Zones 1 and 2 in London.

1, I was reading FAQ's on the tfl.gov.uk's website and I read this: "Where can I purchase a Travelcard? You can purchase many different types of Travelcards on our online shop for either 1 day of travel or for 7 days. A 7 Day paper Travelcard can only be purchased online. If you buy a 7 Day Travelcard in London, it will be loaded onto an Oyster card." Can someone translate? I don't care what material my Travelcard is made of. Bottom line: Can I purchase a 7 day Travel Card at the Tube station or not?

2, How does one "supplement" the Travel Card when traveling outside their zone? We will be traveling outside of the zone twice: when we go from Heathrow into the city center, and then we are going to Windsor Castle. So do we supplement the Travelcard or do we just have to buy single tickets that go from Point A to Point B?

Posted by
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Yes, you can purchase the 7 day Travelcard at a tube station, but it will be loaded onto a plastic Oyster electronic card.

You can then add money to the same Oyster card to cover your journey from Heathrow. Tell the person at the Heathrow ticket office that you want to do a pay-as-you-go journey into town, and have a 7 day Travelcard for zone 1-2.

Windsor is completely outside the London fare system. Whatever you do for your Travelcard, you will have to purchase a separate ticket to travel from central London to Windsor and back. It's not far enough away to qualify for advance booking so simply buy a ticket on the day at Paddington, from where the fastest route to Windsor departs.

Posted by
932 posts

Thank you so much, Phillip! I'm going to print this so that in my jet lagged state, I will make sense at the ticket counter. ; )

Posted by
4538 posts

Going to Windsor you can buy an extension ticket from the boundary of zone 2 to Windsor rather than a fresh ticket. May save a little.