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We're thinking of visiting London (staying on CMC site near Croydon).  Can people  (over 65) who have travel cards use the buses/underground free (we're from Manchester)?  I don't have one so will obtain an Oyster visitors card.   Cheers for your info on this

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If you have a bus pass from your council, then you can use it in London - for busses only.

 

You don't need an Oyster card, just a contactless credit / debit card

 

"What are Oyster and Contactless payment cards?

Oyster and contactless payment cards are plastic smartcards used for quick and easy payments; you can use them instead of paper tickets to pay for travel.

If you use an Oyster card, you either have to add tickets or credit to pay as you go before you travel.

If you use contactless payment cards you do not need to add credit before you travel. Just pay as you go and all the travel you make in one day will be charged as a single transaction.

Oyster and contactless payment cards are the cheapest way to pay for single fares."

 

More info

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Bus passes from other areas are accepted on London buses but not on the Underground.   Only Londoners have bus passes that work on the Underground too.

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Buses, yes. Underground, no.

Only pass holders who live in Greater London area can use them on the underground.

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Bus passes are good off peak for the red buses.   It is necessary to pay for underground travel.

A reminder that the Crystal Palace site closes at the end of this year. Expiring lease not renewable.

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Concessionary bus passes from outside London

If you're from outside London and have a bus pass issued by another English council, you can use it, at any time, to travel free on buses displaying the red roundel. 

You should show your pass to the driver; at the moment they can't be read by the yellow card readers. If the bus you're on doesn't display the red roundel, check with the driver if you can use it; most will let you travel free between 09:30 and 23:00 on weekdays, and at any time on weekends and public holidays. 

English National Concessionary Passes issued by English councils outside London can't be used on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail or National Rail services..."

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https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/adult-discounts-and-concessions/freedom-pass

 Note: only passes issued in England can be used in London. Passes issued in Wales, Scotand and Northern Ireland cannot be used. 

Brian

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28 minutes ago, BrianI said:

Passes issued in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland cannot be used.  

 

. ....and you can't use an England pass in those countries either, unless journey actually starts/finishes in England. ....

 

geoff

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1 hour ago, Babstreefern said:

 (staying on CMC site near Croydon).

 

That will be Alderstead Heath??

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If you are going to Alderstead Heath make sure you follow the instructions in the CC Handbook do not try to come into Dean Lane from the A23 Brighton Road

 

We came up from Brighton on the M23/A23 a couple of years ago and followed the sat-nav but it tries to take you into the site over a narrow  bridge.  

 

We didn't actually turn off the A23 but had to continue a bit further so we could go round a roundabout and get back onto the M25 so we could follow the CC directions.

 

You can actually do it from the A23 but further down at Shepherds Hill, but not off the end of the M23 - check you maps.

 

It was one of those journeys where we got a bit complacent and didn't check it all out first.

Edited by matelodave

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23 hours ago, Jaydug said:

 

That will be Alderstead Heath??

Yup:D

Thank you all for the info on the bus pass situation.   I've fully read up about the instructions to get to the Alderstead Heath site.   You don't go up the hill where the coffee(?) shop is, but you back on to yourself to go further down the road.   All we're interested in really is visiting the Natural History Museum.   We visited this place some years ago, and only did the downstairs and we were there all day, its so huge.   So want to go upstairs this time:D

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On ‎09‎/‎08‎/‎2018 at 16:47, BrianI said:

Quote. ...

 

Concessionary bus passes from outside London

If you're from outside London and have a bus pass issued by another English council, you can use it, at any time, to travel free on buses displaying the red roundel.  

You should show your pass to the driver; at the moment they can't be read by the yellow card readers. If the bus you're on doesn't display the red roundel, check with the driver if you can use it; most will let you travel free between 09:30 and 23:00 on weekdays, and at any time on weekends and public holidays.  

English National Concessionary Passes issued by English councils outside London can't be used on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail or National Rail services. .."

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https://tfl. gov. uk/fares-and-payments/adult-discounts-and-concessions/freedom-pass

 Note: only passes issued in England can be used in London.  Passes issued in Wales, Scotand and Northern Ireland cannot be used.  

Brian

Slightly out of date. A lot of the later busses now read bus passes from outside London, you just tap them on the card reader, but I've not noticed anything to tell you that. Normally the driver will just point at the card reader and give a bored look when you show him your pass.

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So what's the best way into London from Alderstead Heath?  There are no buses are there?  We drove to a train station but couldn't park.  Any advice please ? 

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I think there's a 357 route from Alderstead Heath which will take you to Redhill Station in about quarter of an hour.    From there you can take a train to London Bridge Station which takes half an hour.

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