Author: Bob Handford
The Public Transport Pass Of Choice For Groups Of 10 Or More
A little publicised ticket option for public transport in London is the Group Day Ticket.
If you are a group of 10 or more, this ticket should be what you benchmark any other alternatives against.
The Key Restrictions Of The Group Day Ticket
First lets get the negatives out of the way.
This ticket is for groups of 10 or more and are not valid on the buses, just Underground, DLR and some rail services (see below).
The group day ticket is for one day only. For 3 days you would need a separate ticket for each day.
You cannot buy this ticket in advance, before arriving in London. Once in London you can buy up to 7 days in advance from Underground Stations.
What’s The Difference In Coverage To Oyster or Travelcard?
The ticket is almost identical with regards what the ticket is valid for to both Oyster and Travelcard. You can use on the London Underground, Overground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and some railway services.
The main difference with the Group day Tickets is you cannot use them on the red London buses.
The group day ticket operates like the Travelcard with unlimited travel for a fixed price each calendar day. Unlike Travelcard, the smallest zone coverage you can get is zones 1-6, which covers as far out as Heathrow Airport. But despite this wider coverage it is still cheaper than a single Travelcard for just zones 1 and 2.
A Much Simpler Travel Option For Teenagers
For those with kids, one of the most frustrating aspects if you have children between 11 and 17 is getting child fares. They are there, but a system of Photo ID Cards and fees defeats many who don’t find out about the requirements until they arrive in London. The Group Day Ticket is simple, if you are under 18 you pay a child rate, full stop.
Where Can I Buy A Group day Ticket
Buy the tickets at London Underground Stations. From the ticket machines you can only buy them on the day of travel. From the manned ticket office counter you can buy them up to 7 days in advance.
Prices & Comparison With Travelcards (2012)
Costs of the Group Day Ticket per person are detailed below.
In comparison to the nearest product, the Travelcard as you can see it works out much cheaper. Though when comparing do factor in that if you never travel outside the central area where all the main sights and hotels are you only need coverage for zones 1-2. The group ticket is valid at all times, so is equivalent to the peak Travelcard product – though remember all Saturdays and Sundays are off-peak. The Travelcard is valid on the buses, group tickets are not.
Children under 11 travel free anyway on the Underground and Buses when accompanied.
|Group Ticket Zones 1-6||Travelcard Off Peak 1-6||Travelcard Peak 1-6|
|Adult £4.50 Child £1.70||Adult £8.50 Child £3.40||Adult £16.40 Child £8.20|
London Rail Services Valid For Group Ticket
Amersham to Marylebone
Finsbury Park to King’s Cross/Moorgate
Stratford to Liverpool Street
Tottenham Hale/Seven Sisters to Stratford
Upminster to Fenchurch Street/Liverpool Street via Barking (but not at Forest Gate/Maryland)
Walthamstow Central/Tottenham Hale/Seven Sisters to Liverpool Street
Watford Junction to Euston
Watford Junction to Clapham Junction
West Hampstead Thameslink to Moorgate/Elephant & Castle/London Bridge
West Ruislip to South Ruislip