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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 

  •  Guest – “Hello, we are 2 adults and one 12 year old and one 15 year old.We will be in London for one day only and need to know what is the best way to get from beaconsfield station in to the tourist areas. We understand that there may be a train from beaconsfield to baker street?Will a one day Oyster card cover this and how much would it cost? Are there discounts for younger members or a family travel rate?Thank you.”
  • Admin – “Beaconsfield is an overground station, and baker street is an underground station, so you can't get a train into there. You need to come into an overground station, like marylebone. (Marylebone is only down the road from baker street, so it's not much difference). If you're only here for one day then the adults should use contactless cards, which are the cheapest way to travel, and you should get 1-day travelcards for both kids. There are no family rates. Whilst it is true that the kids fares would be cheaper with an Oyster card, it's not worth the hassle if you're only here for one day because you have to pay a £5 deposit per card, on top of the fares, which you would then have to get refunded at the end of the day. All the contactless fares and travelcard fares are shown on the fare page (plus the Oyster card fares as well, if you Decide you do want to get Oyster cards for the kids). You will most likely just need the fares for zone 1 (but it depends on where you're planning to go).”
  •  Guest – “I'm going to London at the end of the month, I may need to use the tube can you pay for a tube ticket there and then are do they have to be booked?”
  • Admin – “They have self-service ticket machines in all the stations. You can buy a ticket with those”
  •  Guest – “How to travel from Heathrow terminal 4 to gloucester road on may 10 after 6 pm and also from gloucester road to wembley central on may 13 early morning 4 am pls describe the charges as well”

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