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Old 20-12-2017, 04:18 PM   #31
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If I only take turn from airport to city and going to spend 4 days in London, what pass should i buy or just buy oyster pass. Also looking in how to buy cheap express train to city. thanks !
Either by tube or heathrow express. For heathrow express is abit expensive but is convenient and fast, purchase 3mths ahead you get a cheaper price.

For tube it take about a hour to reach the city and will be charge at peak rate.
For my 2mths ago trip i use heathrow to save all the hassle where i get to earn points to offset my ticket to Denmark
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Old 21-12-2017, 04:11 PM   #32
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I see.

Do you have the link to book the tickets etc ? Me slightly confused with the travel cards . Thanks so much!
Either by tube or heathrow express. For heathrow express is abit expensive but is convenient and fast, purchase 3mths ahead you get a cheaper price.

For tube it take about a hour to reach the city and will be charge at peak rate.
For my 2mths ago trip i use heathrow to save all the hassle where i get to earn points to offset my ticket to Denmark
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Old 21-12-2017, 05:55 PM   #33
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I see.

Do you have the link to book the tickets etc ? Me slightly confused with the travel cards . Thanks so much!
https://www.londontoolkit.com/briefing/underground.htm

Heathrow Airport is at Zone 6 and Paddington Zone 1, using Heathrow express the cost is 37pound (Return)

By tube, using Oyster card peak hour is 5.10 pound and 3.10pound for off peak (Peak fares apply Monday to Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. except public holidays). From Singapore to london, the usual arrival time is 5am but clearing the custom and getting the luggages will take quite a while and chances is you will be taking the peak hour train, 10.20pound (return) and also not to forget need to do transfer

Taking the tube indeed save a lot but waste quite a bit of time unless you travel very light and in no rush
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Old 21-12-2017, 11:33 PM   #34
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If I only take turn from airport to city and going to spend 4 days in London, what pass should i buy or just buy oyster pass. Also looking in how to buy cheap express train to city. thanks !
It is probably cheaper or the same to just use a pay as you go oyster card than to buy any travel pass on the oyster card if you only have 4 days.

There is heathrow express but that is more expensive https://www.heathrowexpress.com/
you can also check out heathrow connect that takes 10 minutes more but works up significantly cheaper but frequency of trains less often https://www.heathrowconnect.com/
check the websites and see if there are advanced tickets which can run out q fast, the other problem with advance tickets is you have to decide and fixed time and the customs lines at heathrow for international arrivals can vary q abit. If you end up late, you cant use your ticket anymore. if you reach early and wait around you might as well just take the tube which takes 45mins-1 hr to reach central depending on yr destinations. I used to live there for 6 years and made frequent trips back every year so am quite experience with the customs and wont advise for you to prebook your heathrow-london tickets. It will probably be safe to book your london-heathrow leg though since for that you can at least control your time
if there are no cheap advance tickets/you cant decide on the time, can just buy on the spot at the airport. there are many machines where you can buy the ticket from

But depending on where you are going to be based in london,and contrary to popular belief, the heathrow express/connect may not be much cheaper nor faster as well. This is also bearing in mind that you will have to change from the trains to the underground tube if you are going anywhere else that is not paddington is not exactly the most central place in zone 1. Say if you were going to waterloo or the east or south bit of zone 1, you may end up taking similar times +/- 10 minutes and have to factor in the extra time to change to connect from overhead trains to underground trains, and may also require to change the underground lines a few times depending on which underground line your destination is at. perhaps you can advise us on yr destination and we can advise you better.

If you are taking the flight that arrives at 5/6am, usually no issues with the tube then as there is not much traffic at that time in the morning. I always travel on the tube with like 2 luggages at least by myself and have coped with it (just bear in mind there are stairs on many tube stations/overhead stations)

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Old 22-12-2017, 10:54 PM   #35
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Hi Appreciate your detail reply.

Will reach airport at 705am. My lodging is near St Pancras. after 4 days in London, i will take train to Paris.

I guess it will be peak hours by the time i collect my backpack. So maybe i can take heathrowconnect and change a train to St Pancras station?

The 1 day travelcard at 12.30 pounds. Can the card take heathrowconnect and also to St Pancras station?https://www.visitbritainshop.com/wor...on-travelcard/

Or get Oyster pass ( which i can buy online first ? Need to read up where to top up too. Aside which website has cheaper tickets if i book in advance to Paris for e.g., switzerland ? train.eu ?

Thanks so much for your reply
It is probably cheaper or the same to just use a pay as you go oyster card than to buy any travel pass on the oyster card if you only have 4 days.

There is heathrow express but that is more expensive https://www.heathrowexpress.com/
you can also check out heathrow connect that takes 10 minutes more but works up significantly cheaper but frequency of trains less often https://www.heathrowconnect.com/
check the websites and see if there are advanced tickets which can run out q fast, the other problem with advance tickets is you have to decide and fixed time and the customs lines at heathrow for international arrivals can vary q abit. If you end up late, you cant use your ticket anymore. if you reach early and wait around you might as well just take the tube which takes 45mins-1 hr to reach central depending on yr destinations. I used to live there for 6 years and made frequent trips back every year so am quite experience with the customs and wont advise for you to prebook your heathrow-london tickets. It will probably be safe to book your london-heathrow leg though since for that you can at least control your time
if there are no cheap advance tickets/you cant decide on the time, can just buy on the spot at the airport. there are many machines where you can buy the ticket from

But depending on where you are going to be based in london,and contrary to popular belief, the heathrow express/connect may not be much cheaper nor faster as well. This is also bearing in mind that you will have to change from the trains to the underground tube if you are going anywhere else that is not paddington is not exactly the most central place in zone 1. Say if you were going to waterloo or the east or south bit of zone 1, you may end up taking similar times +/- 10 minutes and have to factor in the extra time to change to connect from overhead trains to underground trains, and may also require to change the underground lines a few times depending on which underground line your destination is at. perhaps you can advise us on yr destination and we can advise you better.

If you are taking the flight that arrives at 5/6am, usually no issues with the tube then as there is not much traffic at that time in the morning. I always travel on the tube with like 2 luggages at least by myself and have coped with it (just bear in mind there are stairs on many tube stations/overhead stations)

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Old 08-01-2018, 11:22 PM   #36
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Just buy a oyster pass at the airport, can top up using the machines at the airport also. No need to buy a 1 day pass. The oyster pass will automatic cap it if you reach the 1 day pass limit.
Take the picadilly line all the way from heathrow to st pancreas, no need to change trains.
cannot use oyster for heathrow connect. and if you take heathrow connect you have to pay for the tube from london to st pancreas also, not worth it. and also have to change from overhead train to underground line

customs may take up to 2 hours at 7am. After 930 becomes offpeak day pass. so if you can see what time you finish, if it's not too long ago, maybe you can go cafe nero or mns and grab a coffee/breakfast first before you head straight into london, saves you about 5pounds
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Old 25-01-2018, 09:37 AM   #37
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From what I can remember, Oyster pass is worth it, but abit expensive since one tube trip is about £2.50. So if possible, walk everywhere. But be careful if you are using Google Maps like I did, as it will make you walk to some poor neighborhoods which have chavs hanging about. Fortunately for us, all they did was stare and laugh lol.

For what its worth, I stayed at Finsbury Park, not too near yet not too far from everything else. It's near the Arsenal Football Club stadium(although i'm a Man Utd fan) It was $70 a night for Airbnb
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Old 25-01-2018, 03:48 PM   #38
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try using groupon.co.uk. They do have very good deals for afternoon tea, day trip to stonehenge and etc
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Old 30-01-2018, 10:30 AM   #39
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Hi ,

as I am first timer in London, which hotel will you recommend from the list below, thanks.

Hub By Premier Inn Westminster
Hub by Premier Inn WestMinster St James Park
Premier Inn WaterLoo

Or any other recommendations which is below SGD250 per night ?

Thanks for help.

Basically I have narrow down my area to stay to be at Westminster or Waterloo as it is quite central to most attractions.
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And also, do you guys for the 2for1 deals or London pass ? Thanks.
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Old 31-01-2018, 07:17 AM   #41
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Hi ,

as I am first timer in London, which hotel will you recommend from the list below, thanks.

Hub By Premier Inn Westminster
Hub by Premier Inn WestMinster St James Park
Premier Inn WaterLoo

Or any other recommendations which is below SGD250 per night ?

Thanks for help.

Basically I have narrow down my area to stay to be at Westminster or Waterloo as it is quite central to most attractions.
Need not stay near Central, hotels slightly away from attractions cost much less, bayswater, paddington is a decent place to stay which is 10mins away from oxford street and beside Hyde park. Search for 3 stars and they are good enough which come with free breakfast and wifi in room and personal bathroom.

London house hotel or Phoenix hotel can try
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Old 31-01-2018, 07:27 AM   #42
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London pass if you can squeeze all attractions in a day which mean touch and go. 2 for 1 is cheaper but deals limited might not be what you want to visit. Don’t forget about transport

For my last trip in Sep 2017 I just go for 2 for 1 and search Groupon uk for deals such as afternoon tea, day trip to Windsor, bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge and more

And also, do you guys for the 2for1 deals or London pass ? Thanks.
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Need not stay near Central, hotels slightly away from attractions cost much less, bayswater, paddington is a decent place to stay which is 10mins away from oxford street and beside Hyde park. Search for 3 stars and they are good enough which come with free breakfast and wifi in room and personal bathroom.

London house hotel or Phoenix hotel can try
Many thanks for your kind replies and recommendations, I have checked out Londonhouse/Phoenix, price is about the same as Westminster options, maybe I check out others around that area first to gauge.

Due to Westminster area is all walkable distance to those attractions, thus why my decision is on that area. haha.

London pass if you can squeeze all attractions in a day which mean touch and go. 2 for 1 is cheaper but deals limited might not be what you want to visit. Donít forget about transport

For my last trip in Sep 2017 I just go for 2 for 1 and search Groupon uk for deals such as afternoon tea, day trip to Windsor, bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge and more
Many thanks. Will workout the sums before decision on which to go for. Due to the different card to purchase for whichever deal I wanna go for, is quite headache.

Like Travelcard for 2for1 and Oyster card is tgt with London pass.
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Many thanks for your kind replies and recommendations, I have checked out Londonhouse/Phoenix, price is about the same as Westminster options, maybe I check out others around that area first to gauge.

Due to Westminster area is all walkable distance to those attractions, thus why my decision is on that area. haha.



Many thanks. Will workout the sums before decision on which to go for. Due to the different card to purchase for whichever deal I wanna go for, is quite headache.

Like Travelcard for 2for1 and Oyster card is tgt with London pass.
For hotel you can try using expedia UK and Singapore. There's a price different and hotel too.

As for transport, just use oyster card, there's a cap for the day even you travel very far same as their buses
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For hotel you can try using expedia UK and Singapore. There's a price different and hotel too.

As for transport, just use oyster card, there's a cap for the day even you travel very far same as their buses
Noted with that. For your recommendation of near Oxford street, is it more for shopping ? As me and my wife will be more on sightseeing instead of shopping. Thanks.

Edited: After scanning thru the maps and also the tubes stations, yeah, Bayswater is another location to be considered , thanks. Moreover near to Gold Mine. haha

Edited: Booked 1 room from below hotel , hopefully is good.

Park Grand London Lancaster Gate

Many thanks tokyofanboi for your advices. appreciated.
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