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Don't flush your money down the Tube

Category : Travel

With London Mayor Boris Johnson recently announcing the traditional round of above-inflation bus and tube fare rises, the Figure It Out team thought we ought to figure out what tube ticket London-based Capgemini consultants should be buying. In the past we’ve told you how to break a world record, which contact centres to call, how to burn calories and whether to scrap your old banger. Now, we’re providing you with your very own personal Tube Fare Calculator. But this isn’t difficult – right? Well, London has 287 overground and underground tube stations across 9 zones, there are paper tickets and Oyster tickets, daily tickets and season tickets and price caps and price discounts. A Capgemini consultant has a base location and a client office, commutes, goes out for lunch, has drinks, dinner and the theatre in the evening, shops at the weekend and likes to go on holiday now and again. So perhaps not our toughest collective challenge, but certainly not straightforward. OK, but surely there is nothing significant to be saved – right? Ah - the most important question. So we picked three Capgemini Consultants at random to test this out. Kai works in Zone 1 and lives in London Bridge, also in Zone 1. He just sticks with the Pay-as-you-Go Oyster card because, although he uses the tube to commute and in the evening and at the weekend, he is completely out of London on client site for a month or two a year. Peaches also works and lives in Zone 1 but she takes the opposite approach. She can’t be bothered with the Pay-as-you-Go and just gets an Annual Travelcard. She doesn’t use it in the evening and weekends but figures that it is her best bet because she is never out of London during the week. Brooklyn has given this some thought because he lives out in Zone 4 and so pays much more for his tube ticket. Because he is out of London for a whole week at a time every month or two and only makes a few journeys in the evenings and at the weekend, he uses a 7 Day Travelcard when he is working in London and pay as you go at all other times. So let’s take a look at the table below to see if Kai, Peaches and Brooklyn have made the right decision? FIO29_tube6.jpg So our three typical consultants, with typical travel patterns seem to be wasting nearly £700 between them. Further analysis proved that they were not alone – for a whole range of perfectly feasible journeys across all zones, there are significant savings to be made or money to be wasted. If Kai, Peaches and Brooklyn made the wrong decision, did you? Follow this link to see what's best for you with our Tube Fare Calculator. And if you have a money saving idea that you think we should be figuring out, let us know on the new Figure It Out blog .

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