That's the main decision you have to make. My own recommendation would be to use Oyster.Oyster card vs off-peak fares
Sorry, no. GBP 11.00 is the maximum charge for travel within Travelcard Zones 1-5. Zone 1 is central London. Zone 5 includes both East and West Croydon, so you would not expect to exceed GBP 11.00 for each day spent in London. A minor exception would be a trip to the very edge of the London Zonal area, for example Hampton Court Palace which is in Zone 6, in which case the Zone 1-6 daily cap of GBP 11.80 would apply.the maximum charge on the Oyster is 11GBP per day?
Good. In that case, I recommend rail Gatwick Airport - East Croydon, then tram (if still operating) from East to West Croydon. Each tram journey (and each London bus journey) costs GBP 1.50 and does count towards daily and weekly caps.We are just bringing carry-on rolling bags, and small backpacks, so the journey from East Croydon to West shouldn't be too difficult.
What time is your flight due to land at Gatwick?We are arriving at night though
Well thanks to you all .excellent feedback!!! So my question re: Oyster card vs off-peak fares .correct me if I'm wrong, but the maximum charge on the Oyster is 11GBP per day? So the Oyster would max out with the trip from Gatwick to East Croydon at 11GBP that would be cheaper than just buying off peak tickets, yes/no?
We are just bringing carry-on rolling bags, and small backpacks, so the journey from East Croydon to West shouldn't be too difficult. We are arriving at night though .hate to get lost or mugged
Oyster has been extended to Gatwick Airport in recent months, but the zonal area has not been changed and travel to and from the airport is charged separately and does not count towards the cap.
We arrive from Venice at 8pm into Gatwick....so looks like its East Croydon, with a bus or tram to the road closest to the pub....by then I will need a drink,
You all have been most helpful...next we need to work out best way to get to Bath/Cotswalds by train.....and we are headed to Brighton then Portsmouth on another day
Have you considered whether you will be travelling a sufficient amount by rail for some Britrail pass products to save you money?next we need to work out best way to get to Bath/Cotswolds by train.....and we are headed to Brighton then Portsmouth on another day
Yes, use of trams and/or buses counts towards these GBP 30.50 and GBP 19.00 daily caps.Is the tram included in that
That seems unlikely to me. Using a fast train to East Croydon followed by a train or bus to West Croydon takes about 35 minutes and costs a total of GBP 4.50.as could be a winner for them?