06/10/2023 at 11:02 #5139
I have a Zones 1-2 Travelcard loaded into my railcard-discounted Oyster and plan to do a through journey tomorrow to Maidenhead, which is outside the Oyster zone, so I will need to buy a ticket for my journey. My planned route is Willesden Green – Bond Street – Maidenhead, but unfortunately I can’t collect online-bought tickets at Bond Street, as the ticket machines there are London Underground machines.
I will need to buy a return ticket from Boundary Zone 2. Is it possible to buy one from a London Underground ticket vending machine, such as at Willesden Green, Bond Street or Chancery Lane?06/10/2023 at 11:16 #5140
Yes, I believe that is possible. I’ve not done it myself, but I’ve seen mention of National Rail tickets available and the ability to buy extension tickets for an Oyster card with a travelcard loaded on it.
I’d be interested to know how it works if you do use that. I’d go for Bond Street personally as that has direct trains to Maidenhead.06/10/2023 at 11:35 #5141
Thanks. I will take some photos and publish them to my blog if I can do that. A Google Image Search has produced picture procedures for c2c (from the official c2c website) and South Western Railway machines (from a hiking group website).06/10/2023 at 12:03 #5142Colin NewmanParticipant
Interesting. I can’t advise, but some thoughts:
One can use contactless at Maidenhead, which I presume is cheaper than paper tickets. No idea how you would (elegantly) obtain a contactless extension, though.
If you swiped out with contactless having swiped in with Oyster then it seems likely you’d be charged a maximum fare and would be entitled to a refund, but it seems plausible you’d technically be travelling without a ticket once you got to zone 3. I wonder what fares would be used to calculate the refund.
The TfL journey planner suggests GWR from Paddington for the quickest journey.06/10/2023 at 12:12 #5143
Outside the zones PAYG fares are not generally cheaper than paper tickets. They are also much more expensive if you have a Railcard because you can’t add a discount to a contactless card.
You also can’t use contactless in conjunction with a travelcard, so please don’t try what you suggest. You must use the same card or device at both ends of a PAYG journey.06/10/2023 at 12:43 #5144
The GWR from Paddington only runs every half an hour with an additional change, which means it is unlikely the extra change will be worthwhile compared to a through journey running every 15 minutes on the through Elizabeth line train when the expected waiting time is taken into account.06/10/2023 at 14:54 #5145
Popped into Bond Street just now. Yes it’s possible.
Select travelcard extensions on home screen.
Touch Oyster card.
Enter station name (just an M will offer Maidenhead).
Add Railcard selection.
Select single or return and pay.15/10/2023 at 22:54 #5162kt1974Participant
That’s amazing, I never knew that option existed!
Two quick follow up questions:
– it is only available on LU machines from boundary to certain stations – i.e. is it just Lizzie Line, or also places like Gatwick, and up and down Thameslink
– is it available in reverse? Can you buy from Gatwick to Z2 boundary with or without railcard from a Gatwick machine, or do you need to do that awkward “buy a ticket to Clapham Junction because that’s the only station you can think of in Zone 2” thing?17/10/2023 at 01:50 #5167
The extension facility is available to most NR stations in the South East. Not all stations will sell to all destinations, but if there are direct services then you’ve a much better chance. I’d expect Gatwick to be available widely.
In reverse you need to buy a ticket to boundary of zone X. These are available at ticket offices, many ticket machines and some online retailers.
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