Under 11 Oyster with mainline fares

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  1. 35B

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    I'm going to be in London next week with my 7 year old daughter, who already has an Oyster photocard to make tube travel easier.

    Because of the strikes we'll also be needing to use mainline trains (SWT/SE). Despite spending ages on the Oyster site, I can't find anything to tell me whether:
    1. We can put credit on the card,
    2. Whether fare capping will apply, and
    3. How using Oyster will compare with buying her a paper travelcard.

    Can anyone advise?

    Thanks in advance
     
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    A 5-10 Oyster on NR works in the same way as an adult Oyster using the fares and caps in this table. This will be much cheaper than a paper Travelcard (unless going beyond zone 6 in the morning peak).
     
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    Is it an Oyster Zip card for under 11s?

    If so you sadly face London's north/south divide. Rail travel is free on most rail lines north of the Thames if you have a under 11 Zip card but not on most lines south of the Thames see https://tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/pay-as-you-go-tarrifs-national-rail.pdf for details.

    beaten to it by 34D

    You can certainly load credit on an under 11 Zip card but I dont know the answer to the other two questions.
     
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  6. 35B

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    Thanks both for that. Now for my wife to remember the account details.
     
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    If she can't and you have to top it up in London, newsagents are likely to have less of a queue than mainline rail stations
     
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    MikeWh Established Member Senior Fares Advisor

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    Just to re-iterate:

    Yes you can put credit on.
    Yes it will cap, after 0930 this is only £1.50.
    Normal child travelcards cost £6.00.
     
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