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Citymapper launches London travel pass that's cheaper than Oyster

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Cathy Adams
Wednesday 27 February 2019 10:33 GMT
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Citymapper has launched two London unlimited travel passes
Citymapper has launched two London unlimited travel passes (Citymapper)

Citymapper has today launched a London travel pass that offers cheaper fares than an Oyster travelcard.

Last week the transport app confirmed that it would launch a subscription travel pass that would offer unlimited travel via any mode of transport. The first city for the roll-out is London.

A Citymapper “Super Pass” costs £31 a week and covers unlimited public transport – London Underground, DLR, Overground, rail services and buses – in London zones one and two.

That makes it £4.10 cheaper than the equivalent Oyster travelcard, which costs £35.10 a week. It’s also cheaper than the contactless cap, which is set at the same price as the travelcard.

For heavier transport users, a “Super Duper Pass” costs £39 a week and covers all public transport, Santander cycle hire and £10 worth of Citymapper cab rides. Both passes can be paused or cancelled easily and will be integrated with the Citymapper app.

“We believe ease of ticketing is essential for public transport to compete with private players, and this is important for the future of congested and complex cities,” Citymapper said in a Medium post outlining the thinking behind the new pass.

“But we’re developing a more complete and tailored experience for regular commuters: all transport integrated in one place, personalised, with a comprehensive app they use every day.”

A Transport for London spokesperson told The Independent that Citymapper has confirmed that TfL will still receive the correct fare for any journeys made.

“We are aware of Citymapper’s plans to introduce a subscription model, bundling together a number of transport options in London, and welcome products which promote public transport, walking and cycling,” the spokesperson added.

The pass is available to buy through the Citymapper app. Users will need to have the latest version of Citymapper to purchase the pass.

The pass is available as a physical card in Citymapper green, or through Apple and Google Pay.

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