I live within the London Zones.
This month I bought a monthly season pass for the first time and was issued with a paper ticket . I would prefer to use a Smart card/Oyster card if I can.
The guidance on your website is confusing on this issue and when I've asked your staff (twice now) but I haven't had a clear answer. Can I load a season ticket onto an Oystercard? I do not need to use the London Underground in my daily travel. The Smart card map on your website says that I should use Oyster PAYG or Contactless - I'm concerned that I may end up paying more than a season pass if I do this.
In addition, my season pass covers London Stations which means that I can go to London Bridge without additional cost, if I use Oyster PAYG, would this still apply?
I would like to know this too.
I also want to know if I have a smartcard for travel between Barnes and London Terminals, I will be able to use that smartcard onwards from London Waterloo, to Waterloo East, and London Bridge and Exit at City Thameslink (or indeed Cannon Street, Charing Cross etc or any other classified as "London Terminals" for the purposes of travelling in from the South West per the guidelines set up out here http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/ticket_types/46587.aspx#terminals)
I wish to make sure that all rail companies are covered in this scenario because the Smartcard Map doesn't make it clear what is valid regarding usage entering or exiting 'London Terminals' beyond London Waterloo.
From experience - no you can't put an Oyster on an ITSO (Smart) or vice versa. The rail companies blame TFL as Oyster uses a non standard implementation of the ITSO standard. they are *supposed* to be trying to fix this so that there is compatibility. This has been going on for about 5 years though. I ask occasionally for an update!
You can't use a SMART on any London Underground gates any more. They put a stop to it. What you can do however is travel to Waterloo on your SMART, then from Waterloo East to London Bridge for example, still on your London Terminals SMART ticket. As long as you don't use the Tube you can use your SMART.