Whether you think of it as low (it isn't!) or not, the extra "leg" into London will be an additional cost on your journey. But we will park the fares conundrum for a while and look at the practicalities of a change at Stratford.
True. If you want to go to St Pancras the trip is nippy in the extreme. Trains run every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday, so zippity doodah all round. The coach, remember, will drop you right outside the entrance to Stratford International station.
International? Oh yes, that was the plan. The idea was that Eurostar trains would stop there; but they never have done and probably never will. So it is South Eastern's High Speed "Javelin" commuter trains only.
And the first horror is getting there!
What if the shopping mall is closed?
You can just spot the DLR logo under the canopy, centre right. The line loops round and dives under the bulk of the main station to appear at a low level.
But now ...
Be afraid - be VERY afraid!
Or you can catch the Central Line from the regional station to Oxford Circus and be shopping up a storm in 20 minutes.
Payments can be made quickly on both routes using contactless and Oyster.
If you choose the zip into St Pancras from International, things become doubly painful ...
But the double whammy is that it it NOT included in the "Travelcard Cap".
Well, hardly ever - you'll never pay more than a day!
But you will if you travel between Stratford International and St Piecrust. The fare will always be extra, over and above your Travelcard total.
This means that a journey from International to St Pancras (6 minutes; great) then via the Victoria Line (10 minutes) to Victoria to walk to the coach station and catch a connection, will, for example, ALWAYS cost you £11.30 without Oyster and £7.15 with. OUCH!
So, when Megabus M16 from Norwich changes and dumps you at Stratford International, your journey will probably not be easy; and it WILL be painfully more expensive.
fbb has a suggestion. Look for cheapo offers from National Express!