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As I've said in other posts; my husband, son and I MIGHT be moving to Great Britain due to work...we have decided for the most part that we will only have one car and used as little as possible, so if needs be; most of our travel will be done by commuting either by train, or when in London itself using the tube; (yes I know about the Oyster Card but don't know if it will apply in this case)...Anyway; I was just wondering if there is such a thing as a month long pass for either the train or the tube? It would just make it a lot easier for our monthly budgeting...

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Hi Ladylily43,

For information on travel and tickets (including season tickets) around London see:
Tickets | Transport for London

There are travel cards as well as the oyster card Order London Undeground TravelCard Online

Rail card information can be found at Railcards - Presenting Epic Savings on rail travel

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Thanks very much Karen...it is extremely appreciated since one factor in our moving is whethere we will be able to afford living there...

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As I've said in other posts; my husband, son and I MIGHT be moving to Great Britain due to work...we have decided for the most part that we will only have one car and used as little as possible, so if needs be; most of our travel will be done by commuting either by train, or when in London itself using the tube; (yes I know about the Oyster Card but don't know if it will apply in this case)...Anyway; I was just wondering if there is such a thing as a month long pass for either the train or the tube? It would just make it a lot easier for our monthly budgeting...
If you intend to live in the leafy suburbs your season ticket (weekly, monthly or yearly) can include London transport. If you need to catch the tube once in London to reach your place of employment then most likely you want this.

At the moment the Oyster card does not work with most rail companies serving London. Some train stations have readers but will not accept the card in some circumstances anyway (an annual season ticket covering London transport is normally OK).

Keep i mind that most employers will help with the cost of transport in the form of free interest loans, so you still pay your transportation but at least do so in manageable chunks.

Your post makes it appear like if there would be other options. Car is simply uneconomical, particularly if you have to drive through central London since you will be charged a congestion charge at a whooping 8.00 a visit. Add parking costs and you quickly reach the conclusion that your car is better at home warm and dry

Bus is really not an option for long commutes, save for very particular situations (there is a very good coach service from Oxford to West London for example, and another one from somewhere in Kent to Canary Wharf), so you are pretty much constrained to trains and once in London the tube (or buses once in London, but I personally try to use them as little as possible).

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Thanks very much for the needed information; you are correct though; trains and the tube were our main thinking UNLESS he could get work with a company not located in London. For example; from what he told me of the over seas branches of his current company he works for; one of the branches is located in Grantham, Lincolnshire...so if he were to just get a transfer internally; it could easily be to there...and so we would probably live nearby...

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Thanks very much for the needed information; you are correct though; trains and the tube were our main thinking UNLESS he could get work with a company not located in London. For example; from what he told me of the over seas branches of his current company he works for; one of the branches is located in Grantham, Lincolnshire...so if he were to just get a transfer internally; it could easily be to there...and so we would probably live nearby...
Unless you live relatively close to your place of employment, the only viable transport options are car and train.

You would need to check towns with direct rail connections to Grantham, websites like Train Tickets will help you with that.

Train transport has a poor reputation in the UK, engineering works and delays for the most bizarre reasons are not uncommon, so if you will need to commute by train make sure you live close to a very busy rail route, otherwise you may find yourself hostage to the vagueries of the train companies.

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I am sorry I did not clarify myself, but what you said IS what I was trying to say...IF he WAS transfered internally THEN we WOULD live near his work IN Grantham...and thank-you as well for the link for Train Tickets...I assure you it will be used quite well...

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Get yourself a vespa! No congestion charge, hardly any insurance costs and do 12 miles ot the gallon!

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