Child train fares in London – 2017

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Child fares on the train

Child fares on the train (aged under-11)
Free when accompanied by an adult (up to a maximum of 4 children per adult), or when using a ‘5-10 Zip Oyster photocard’
Child fares inside zone 1 only, or between zones 1 and 2 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.45 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.30 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.30 daily cap
Contactless (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-2) £16.50
Monthly travelcard (z1-2) £63.40
Child fares between zones 1 and 3 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.45 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.85 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.85 daily cap
Contactless (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-3) £19.40
Monthly travelcard (z1-3) £74.50
Child fares between zones 1 and 4 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.90 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£4.75 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £0.85 single fare
£4.75 daily cap
Contactless (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-4) £23.70
Monthly travelcard (z1-4) £91.10
Child fares between zones 1 and 5 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.90 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£5.60 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £0.85 single fare
£5.60 daily cap
Contactless (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-6, any time)£8.70
1-day travelcard (z1-6, off-peak)£6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-5) £28.10
Monthly travelcard (z1-5) £108
Child fares between zones 1 and 6 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £3 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£6 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £0.85 single fare
£6 daily cap
Contactless (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-6, any time)£8.70
1-day travelcard (z1-6, off-peak)£6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-6) £30.10
Monthly travelcard (z1-6) £115.60
Child fares inside zone 2 only (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.45 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.30 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.30 daily cap
Contactless (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z2) £12.40
Monthly travelcard (z2) £47.70
Child fares between zones 2 and 3 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.45 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.85 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.85 daily cap
Contactless (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z2-3) £12.40
Monthly travelcard (z2-3) £47.70
Child fares on the train (aged 11-15, without a photocard, but with a ‘Young Visitor Discount’)
Pay-as-you-go fares using an Oyster card are half the adult fares, but only for a maximum of 14 consecutive days. (See adult fares)
Child fares on the train (aged 16-18, with a photocard)
Pay-as-you-go fares using an Oyster card are half the adult fares. (See adult fares)
Child fares on the train (aged 11-18, with nothing)
Same as the adult fares

See here for the adult train fares

How to buy a child train ticket

There are three ways to pay for a children’s train ticket: by cash, by Oyster card (or Visitor Oyster card) or a travelcard.

Adults can also pay with a contactless payment card, but presumably your child won’t have one of those (because it’s a bank card).

Children under the age of 11 can travel for free on the London Underground and DLR, provided that they are accompanied by an adult (up to a maximum of 4 children per adult), or have a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard.

11-15 year olds pay a child fare on the London Underground and DLR, provided that they can show an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard. If they cannot show a photocard, then they will have to pay a full adult fare.

16-18 year olds pay half the adult fare when using a pay-as-you-go Oyster card or contactless payment card (there are no discounts for cash fares or travelcards), provided that they can show a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard. If they cannot show a photocard, then they will have to pay a full adult fare.

You can apply for all of these photocards at the TFL website.

How to get a child photocard

You can apply for a children’s photocard on the TFL website. All of the photocards have to be paid for, though, which might wipe out any child-rate savings you would have made.

Young Visitor Discount

If your child is aged between 11 and 15 and you can’t be bothered of going through the hassle of getting a photocard for them, then you can take advantage of the Young Visitor Discount. This enables them to get 50% off the adult fare for a maximum of fourteen days.

What you have to do is buy your child a normal adult pay-as-you-go Oyster card (not a travelcard), and then ask a member of the TFL staff to apply the ‘Young Visitor Discount’ to it. You can do this at a London Underground station, a National Rail station (within London), or a London Travel Information Centre.

You child must be with you when you do it (up to a maximum of four children per adult), and they will probably ask for proof of age.

Once the fourteen days are over the card will revert back to charging adult fares again.

Got any questions?

> Talk about London train fares 

  • Admin – “That's all correct, yes (assuming you are travelling off peak, because 2.40 is the off peak fare). If you get the zone 1-2 Oyster travelcard at Heathrow then you'll have to load some extra credit onto the same card, to cover the fare for zones 3-6. (An Oyster card can have a travelcard and pay-as-you-go credit on it all at the same time)”
  •  Guest – “I am travelling from rickmansworth at about 9am tomorrow to go to st johns wood. Which zones do I travel through so I can work out the fare?”
  • Admin – “It will be zones 2-7. We don't have those fares on this site, but you can look them up here: TFL.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/fares/sin ... are-finder”
  •  Guest – “My family and I will be arriving at Heathrow and staying near blackhorse rd station. What is the best kind of train card to get. We stsying 4 days in London,3 in birmingham,3 in manchester, 4 in edinburgh and then 4 more in London. Should we get a rail card or an Oyster card? We'll be arriving in July. Any help will be greatly appreciated as we are on budget.Thank you”
  •  Guest – “Can I just confirm that if I intend to use contactless card for the same fares as an Oyster card I have no need to do anything other than turn up with my card , ie no need to set up any account etc , thanks for useful site .”
  • Admin – “a rail card is good for National Rail journeys, so you can use that to birmingham, manchester, etc.. Places outside London.. Whereas an Oyster card only works inside London. Coming from abroad, you'll probably have to settle for a britrail pass. It's probably not be worth it for so few journeys, though -- you'll have to work out your sums. You can look up the price for National Rail tickets on the National Rail website. It's probably cheaper just to buy the National Rail tickets a long time in advance. You can usually print them out at the station on the day, rather than having them posted (but you need to check the details on the ticket when you buy it). Oyster has the cheapest fares for London. The maximum you'll pay each day with an Oyster card is the 'daily cap'. Check out our fares page, because it tells you what the daily cap is for each zone (central London is zone 1 -- that's probably all you'll use) as a tourist from abroad, you'll probably want to look at getting a 'Visitor Oyster card' rather than a normal Oyster card. You have to buy them online, in advance. If you wait until you get to Heathrow then you'll have to buy a normal Oyster card instead.”
  • Admin – “. That's correct, yes. You don't need to set up an account at all, if you don't want to. It just does some handy things like log all your journeys, so you can see where you've been, but that's about it, really.”
  •  Guest – “Thanks for reply”
  •  Guest – “Sorry one more question if I want to pay for several people can I do it on one card or would they all need there own cards ?”
  • Admin – “If you're talking about contactless fares, then each person will need their own card. It's not possible to tap down multiple times and have it deduct multiple fares. If you're talking about buying Oyster cards for everyone, then it's okay to do that with one card”

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