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    Stuart Moore

    I’d like to find the most cost effective option for a day out which includes river travel to Greenwich (Cutty Sark).

    There will be 4 adults and one child (age 13). One adult may have a veteren’s free travel card (if he remembers to bring it!).

    We will be travelling on a weekend, leaving from Zone 3 (Walthamstow Central) and probably heading to Vauxhall to pick up the river boat to Cutty Sark. We may then come back via tube (possibly a cab to North Greenwich) and perhaps some additional tube travel afterwards before heading back to Walthamstow.

    Would I be right in thinking that 1-day travel cards would be a good idea? I can’t see us venturing further than Zones 1-3.

    Thanks for any advice

    Mike (admin)

    Hi Stuart,

    Sorry for the delay responding.

    The cheapest day travelcard you can buy is for zones 1-6 off-peak and this costs £5.40 more than the adult zone 1-3 daily cap. A single riverboat fare for the Central and East zones costs £1.20 more using Oyster or contactless than you get if you show a travelcard, so it doesn’t look like it’s worthwhile. Prices are going up in two weeks, but the point will likely still stand.

    I’m not sure how much a taxi from Cutty Sark to North Grenwich might cost, but given you’ll likely have capped anyway why not use the DLR to Canary Wharf instead.

    Has the 13-year old got a zip card?

    Stuart Moore

    Hi Mike

    The trip was on Saturday – we were showing some visitors around London so wanted to use the river boat.
    Turns out the day was £14.50 in all, using contactless. The river boat from Millbank to Greenwich was £8.70 of that!

    I was hoping there might have been a cheaper way to do this (there were 5 of us – one adult with a veterns card which covered all except the river boat), but seems there may not have been!

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