Helppppppppppp commuting from london to hertfordshireWatch
Another one worth a look at is the Network Card, this covers (clockwise, roughly) from Worcester in the West Midlands to Bedford and Huntingdon north of St. Albans/ Hatfield, to Kings Lynn in East Anglia, and from The Isle Of Thanet in East Kent to Weymouth and Exeter in the South West, with the advantage of letting you take three other adults with you at the same discount and children who are not card holders - but a minimum discounted fare applies Mon.- Fri. and it cannot be used during Mon.- Fri. peak hours ( it was, but savvy commuters were using it to reduce the cost of the commute, and with the silly cost of most rail fares who could blame them, until the rail operators latched on and stopped it. )
Another recently introduced card is the 26-30 one which is also worth perusing.
It`s horses for courses : You can check out for yourself by going to www.railcard.co.uk/
and see which one ticks your boxes. I myself have recently acquired, dare I say it, erm, err, a Senior one which I use a lot for off peak travel, it`s already paid for itself this year - if you can it`s best to buy your card online for three years which is the cheapest way of doing so, rather than over the counter at the station for one year.
I`ve written before on this site about rail cards and also split ticketing which, by doing your homework before travel by buying two or more tickets for the same journey, it can reduce the cost considerably.
Please go to my article of 25 Nov 2018 " Use of UNO 602 Buses Hatfield Station- Business Park " ( now on page 3) in which I additionally give full details and links of the various rail ticketing sites to visit.
Also please be aware as I have mentioned of before and recently on this site, ( scroll down to see) about the major upgrading work taking place at London King`s Cross and other places this coming bank holiday weekend which affects travel from Hatfield. Go to www.eastcoastupgrade.co.uk for definitive details. I think there will be a reduced local service back on Monday, but check before travel.
I would suggest if you do want to use the train rather than substitute coaches Hatfield- KX and back then go from St. Albans which as far as I know has a normal service - but keep in mind many others who normally use the King`s Cross line will be doing the same and on Sunday and bank holiday Monday evening buses to and from St. Alb.are not exactly every five minutes...... again check out before venturing. UNO 602, 653, from Roberts Way and both campuses, Arriva 301 and Greenline limited stop 724 from The Galleria and Ellenbrook Lane ( two-three minutes walk from de Hav) cover the ground. I myself will be using the train on Sat. from St. Albans to London St. Pancras and then Ashford International in Kent, to visit relatives nearby and my beloved world famous Romney, Hythe And Dymchurch minature railway " Kent`s Main Line In Minature " - engineering students who are interested check out on www.rhdr.org.uk/
There is a rail travel phone line open 24/7 which is very useful :
Just to repeat and recap what I have posted earlier at various times :
The Oyster Card is not as yet valid to Hatfield/ St. Albans. Limit of use is Hadley Wood on the KX- Hatfield route, Elstree & Borehamwood on the St. Pancras- St Albans one. It is, however, valid to Hertford East on the London Liverpool St. route and I believe recently to Hertford North from KX.
Hope this helppppps !