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Postby Alexb123 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:18 pm

I was in London over Christmas and paid the £4.80 bus fair with a £5 note. The driver then had to get change from his own wallet. Is the Oyster card now so common that drivers are not equipped to deal with 20p?
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Postby Alexb123 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:21 pm

Also, how are you billed? Everyone scans, so do you pay the same for a 1 stop journey as a length of the route?
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Postby Alexb123 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:26 pm

The German Sausage and Christmas Markets have become very common Christmas themes in the UK. But why? What is the connection?
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Re: Questions that don''t deserve their own thread.

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:22 pm

Alexb123 wrote:I was in London over Christmas and paid the £4.80 bus fair with a £5 note. The driver then had to get change from his own wallet. Is the Oyster card now so common that drivers are not equipped to deal with 20p?


Yes. And, you're supposed to buy your ticket from the vending machine at the bus stop. The driver probably doesn't carry much of a float.
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Postby atticus » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:25 pm

These things are confusing to a non-Londoner visiting for the day. I keep meaning to investigate getting an Oyster card. Can it be done online? Do these things only work in London?
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Postby Smouldering Stoat » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:31 pm

Alexb123 wrote:Also, how are you billed? Everyone scans, so do you pay the same for a 1 stop journey as a length of the route?


Yes. £1.40 on Oyster. So you'd have saved two quid on your £4.80 return.
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Postby Smouldering Stoat » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:38 pm

atticus wrote:These things are confusing to a non-Londoner visiting for the day. I keep meaning to investigate getting an Oyster card. Can it be done online? Do these things only work in London?


You can buy an Oyster online from TfL. They only work in London. However if you have a contactless payment card, you can use it as an Osyter card on the buses now, and on the Tube from early in the New Year.
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Postby Alexb123 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:19 pm

Vending machine at the Bus stop? There wasn't a vending machine, in fact I've never seen one... Are they only at main stops?
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Postby Smouldering Stoat » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:28 pm

Maybe not at every stop, but there are a lot of them.
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Postby Alexb123 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:41 pm

Okay cheers will look out for them :)
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