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11yo travelling in London - am I too late to get her an Oyster?

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Franke Mon 23-Sep-13 20:42:35


Franke Mon 23-Sep-13 20:42:02

Thanks everyone and thanks mysteryfairy - that's just the info about actually buying the travelcards I was looking for (and couldn't find on the TFL website). She's only got a German passport (atm and is travelling in 3 weeks- I just don't want to risk it. I think day travelcards are the way to go and actually in the end about the same cost as travelling with the oyster if you factor in the £10 aplication fee. Thanks again smile

mysteryfairy Mon 23-Sep-13 19:53:45

Sorry I see you've already thought of that. No one seemed remotely inclined to challenge DD on age, just told me off for not being organised to have an Oyster card. I would copy her passport or arrange less precious id as it would be a big responsibility to carry around.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Mon 23-Sep-13 19:53:25

If she has a UK passport and can apply "from" her host's address then it should be much quicker.

mysteryfairy Mon 23-Sep-13 19:50:46

I had a similar issue with my 11 year old on a recent trip to London and bought her day travel cards which I think were about £3.50 per day. You can't get them out of the machine but have to pay at a booth, presumably to discourage adults from using them. They're not the most economical means of travel but not exactly pricey if just for a few days so you could just do that and get an Oyster card for next time.

Helpyourself Mon 23-Sep-13 19:45:23

The 4 weeks is overseas. It'll be much quicker with a uk address if they can validate her ID/ age via her passport. It's a pita, isn't it. I travelled in NY and Paris with children and was embarrassed at how complicated and expensive the whole Oyster scheme is.

Franke Mon 23-Sep-13 19:41:58

Thanks, helpyourself. I have a feeling I've run out of time - they say they need 4 weeks min. so I don't really want to risk it. It seems the old fashioned Travelcard at child rate might be possible - I'll just tell her to keep her passport with her in case they don't believe she's under 15...

Helpyourself Mon 23-Sep-13 19:37:29

Looking here your best bet is probably to apply online and ask for it to be posted to the address she'll be staying at.

Franke Mon 23-Sep-13 19:17:50

Please, somebody? <needy>

Franke Mon 23-Sep-13 18:55:29

We're in Germany. My 11yo dd is visiting family in London next month. Am I too late to get her an Oyster photocard? The TFL site says they need 4 weeks, and it's not clear whether I have to be present to pick up the card with her (I won't be). Is there an alternative way of getting child fares? What do tourist kids normally do?

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