Travelcard v contactless less in London

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LeylandLen

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I am an occasional visitor to London with Virgin (off peak fares)from Preston , Lancs ,and I hold a senior railcard. I usually purchase an off peak zones 1-6 day travelcard capped for me at £7.80 . I have started using my contactless bank card when I estimate my journeys will be less than £7.80 in total. Am I right to assume that should my single off peak journeys within Z1-6 come to more than £7.80 ,then that is all I pay per day ? I have registered my bankcard with the tfl online page so they know I am a senior railcard holder!
 
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You would be better getting an Oyster card and getting your railcard entitlement loaded on to it. This will be cheaper then using contactless.
 

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Definitely an Oyster card with your railcard will be cheapest for you since cannot link contactless to a railcard. I think the current price is £8.00 for a Travelcard with a railcard. If you use contactless the standard off peak caps will apply depending on the zones used between £6.50-£12.80. However if you use Oyster it will be between £4.30 and £7.80.
 

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Definitely an Oyster card with your railcard will be cheapest for you since cannot link contactless to a railcard.

Not quite the same problem, but with a Senior Railcard loaded to Oyster, should I buy a <local station> Travelcard? Or should I just get the London terminals ticket and use Oyster? Whether I'm travelling in the evening peak in Zone 1 seems to matter, as the price is higher with Oyster, but not with the Travelcard.
 

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Not quite the same problem, but with a Senior Railcard loaded to Oyster, should I buy a <local station> Travelcard? Or should I just get the London terminals ticket and use Oyster? Whether I'm travelling in the evening peak in Zone 1 seems to matter, as the price is higher with Oyster, but not with the Travelcard.

It depends what <local station> is.
 
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