Is an Oyster Card the way to go?

Discuss the full Tube Challenge here
Post Reply
mango
Zone 1
Posts: 2
Joined: 09 Jul 2024, 10:16

Is an Oyster Card the way to go?

Post by mango »

Hi,

I will be attempting my first FNC in a few weeks time based on the traditonal labarynth route, but with the necessary modifications for Ken O and the BPS extension. The only aim will be to hopefully finish it within the day. My question relates to use of an oyster card. Some comments online suggest that relying upon the daily fare cap is risky because if you exceed the maximum journey travel times at any point, you are charged the maxium fare, and then for every journey after that, which could mean it ending up being a very expensive day. An alternative could be a paper 1-day travelcard but that's not very practical for quick entry/exit and is prone to damage. Otherwise, I can see some people have used a rail smart card, e.g. the Chiltern Railways smartcard, and then loaded a 1-day travelcard onto that. Any input greatly appreciated.
jrparkin
Zone 3
Posts: 165
Joined: 06 Oct 2020, 09:56

Re: Is an Oyster Card the way to go?

Post by jrparkin »

It depends

When I did my attempt in 2022, because I lived in Yorkshire I travelled down for a week and bought a weekly travelcard. The reason for this was I needed 2-3 days of acclimatization practice beforehand. The other advantage is you don't get timed out as it were

And I do recommend doing the practice. If you are attempting for the first time you won't have a second to waste getting lost so a detailed knowledge of where you are going is crucial.

Also write your route down, don't memorise it. This will help you if you need to change it on the fly. Bear in mind you can get both a Met and a Piccadilly from Rayners Lane early morning so you may need to adjust there

If you don't need a practice a day ticket is the best option. You can buy it the day before if that helps. I kept mine in a leather wallet to keep it safe
Former record holder; Repton 3 Oceans high score 36916
Sheffield Supertram: 3:17:29
London Underground (243 stations): 18:06:49
Vienna U Bahn (FNC): 5:04:47
Alan White
Zone 1
Posts: 15
Joined: 24 Mar 2023, 11:55

Re: Is an Oyster Card the way to go?

Post by Alan White »

I wouldn't recommend using Oyster or contactless for the whole day, for the reasons you give. I've used an ITSO smartcard (Greater Anglia, but any will do) with a z1-6 day travelcard. For the 7-9 bits I use Oyster because it's cheaper and less subject to the vagaries of TfL's gate programming.

You may find this thread https://oysterfares.com/topic/tube-chal ... n-one-day/ useful.
RJSRdg
All Zones
Posts: 1259
Joined: 16 Mar 2015, 00:35

Re: Is an Oyster Card the way to go?

Post by RJSRdg »

When I did the FNC last year, I started at Amersham and did it all with a paper Travelcard.
272 stations in 18:30:32
The only person to have used a boat in a Random 15 Challenge!
mango
Zone 1
Posts: 2
Joined: 09 Jul 2024, 10:16

Re: Is an Oyster Card the way to go?

Post by mango »

Thanks all. I have decided to go with a Chiltern Railways smart card which I will add a 1-day travelcard onto on the day. I'll then use Oyster beyond zone 6 on the western stretches of the met line.

We will make our attempt to complete all 272 on Friday 2nd Aug, starting at T4 and aiming to end at Amersham. My friend Dave and my daughter will be joining me, so wish us luck. I've done as much planning as I can, mainly based on info I've gleaned from this site. I'll post how we got on onto the forum.
Last edited by mango on 23 Jul 2024, 22:47, edited 1 time in total.
Alan White
Zone 1
Posts: 15
Joined: 24 Mar 2023, 11:55

Re: Is an Oyster Card the way to go?

Post by Alan White »

Good luck! I look forward to reading all about it.
Golf
Zone 4
Posts: 308
Joined: 08 Nov 2020, 19:18

Re: Is an Oyster Card the way to go?

Post by Golf »

mango wrote: 23 Jul 2024, 17:42 Thanks all. I have decided to go with a Chiltern Railways smart card which I will add a 1-day travelcard onto on the day. I'll then use Oyster beyond zone 5 on the western stretches of the met line.

We will make our attempt to complete all 272 on Friday 2nd Aug, starting at T4 and aiming to end at Amersham. My friend Dave and my daughter will be joining me, so wish us luck. I've done as much planning as I can, mainly based on info I've gleaned from this site. I'll post how we got on onto the forum.
i probably do morden parkrun that weekend that friday do you need any help?
5 time london underground record holder
1 time new york record holder
1 time berlin record holder (not ratified by guinness)
1 time paris record holder
zone 1 winner 2009,2012,2023
random 15 championship winner twice
tube olympic winner once
Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests