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?

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  •  Guest – “Hi its been Decades since going on the tube im travelling from epping to tottenham court road leaving at 3pm do I need an Oyster card how much is the fare and what time is the last train back help”
  • Admin – “Last train from tottenham court road is 00.31. You need to pay a £5 deposit to set up an Oyster card if you haven't already got one, so it's better to use your contactless card (your everyday bank card). The fare is the same as Oyster. You just tap it down on the gate in exactly the same way as you would for Oyster, on the big round yellow reader . Prices are on the fares page. You need to look at the row for zones 1-6”
  •  Guest – “Hello, I and my family (4 of us) are arriving at Heathrow terminal 5 around 4.30 pm. We need to take the tube to earl's court station. I understand we'll be there during rush hours, how long will it take to get to earl's court and how much is the fare. Should we get the Oyster card when we arrive or prebuy it? Thanks”
  • Admin – “It's about 35-40 minutes to earl's court prices are all on the fares page. You need to look at the row for zones 1-6. You can buy an Oyster card in advance if you want. It will be a Visitor Oyster card if you want it sent abroad. You can't buy a Visitor Oyster card in London. If you buy it at Heathrow then it will be a normal blue Oyster card. They are basically the same thing with a few little differences (nothing major). Have a read of our Oyster card and Visitor Oyster card pages to see what they are”
  •  Guest – “Hi, there are 4 adults travelling from wimbledon train station to custom house on Friday 21st April. I have found out that we need tickets for zones 1 - 3 but not sure the best and cheapest way to buy them please? We are all over 60 yrs. We would not start the journey until after peak time i.E. 9:30 am but would want to return probably between 4 and 6 pm. Could you advise me the following. The prices for the tickets that are quoted, do you pay the single journey amount each time you get off and get on a different underground, i.E. We need to change 3 or 4 times I believe or can we pay for one ticket for the entire journey there and back. Sorry I am confused about the payment side of it and not sure if we should buy a Oyster visitor card. If the peak time is between 4 and 6 pm and it is dearer perhaps it would be better to stay in London until after the peak time whatever time that is? Thank you”

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