Train fares in London – 2017

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Adult fares on the train

Adult fares inside zone 1 only
Cash £4.90 single fare
Oyster £2.40 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
Contactless £2.40 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
£33 weekly cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £12.30
Weekly travelcard (z1-2) £33
Monthly travelcard (z1-2) £124.50
Adult fares between zones 1 and 2
Cash £4.90 single fare
Oyster (peak) £2.90 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £2.40 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £2.90 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
£33 weekly cap
Contactless (off-peak) £2.40 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
£33 weekly cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £12.30
Weekly travelcard (z1-2) £33
Monthly travelcard (z1-2) £124.50
Adult fares between zones 1 and 3
Cash £4.90 single fare
Oyster (peak) £3.30 single fare
£7.70 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £2.80 single fare
£7.70 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £3.30 single fare
£7.70 daily cap
£38.70 weekly cap
Contactless (off-peak) £2.80 single fare
£7.70 daily cap
£38.70 weekly cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £12.30
Weekly travelcard (z1-3) £38.70
Monthly travelcard (z1-3) £146
Adult fares between zones 1 and 4
Cash £5.80 single fare
Oyster (peak) £3.90 single fare
£9.50 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £2.80 single fare
£9.50 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £3.90 single fare
£9.50 daily cap
£47.30 weekly cap
Contactless (off-peak) £2.80 single fare
£9.50 daily cap
£47.30 weekly cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £12.30
Weekly travelcard (z1-4) £47.30
Monthly travelcard (z1-4) £181.70
Adult fares between zones 1 and 5
Cash £5.80 single fare
Oyster (peak) £4.70 single fare
£11.20 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £3.10 single fare
£11.20 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £4.70 single fare
£11.20 daily cap
£56.20 weekly cap
Contactless (off-peak) £3.10 single fare
£11.20 daily cap
£56.20 weekly cap
1-day travelcard (z1-6, any time)£17.50
1-day travelcard (z1-6, off-peak)£12.30
Weekly travelcard (z1-5) £56.20
Monthly travelcard (z1-5) £215.90
Adult fares between zones 1 and 6
Cash £6 single fare
Oyster (peak) £5.10 single fare
£12 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £3.10 single fare
£12 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £5.10 single fare
£12 daily cap
£60.20 weekly cap
Contactless (off-peak) £3.10 single fare
£12 daily cap
£60.20 weekly cap
1-day travelcard (z1-6, any time)£17.50
1-day travelcard (z1-6, off-peak)£12.30
Weekly travelcard (z1-6) £60.20
Monthly travelcard (z1-6) £227
Adult fares inside zone 2 only
Cash £4.90 single fare
Oyster (peak) £1.70 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £1.50 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £1.70 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
£24.70 weekly cap
Contactless (off-peak) £1.50 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
£24.70 weekly cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £12.30
Weekly travelcard (z2) £24.70
Monthly travelcard (z2) £93.40
Adult fares between zones 2 and 3
Cash £4.90 single fare
Oyster (peak) £1.70 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £1.50 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
Contactless (peak) £1.70 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
£24.70 weekly cap
Contactless (off-peak) £1.50 single fare
£6.60 daily cap
£24.70 weekly cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £12.30
Weekly travelcard (z2-3) £24.70
Monthly travelcard (z2-3) £93.40

See here for the child train fares

How to buy a train ticket

There are four ways to pay for a train ticket: with cash, an Oyster card, a travelcard, or a contactless payment card.

How to work out the fare

In order to work out your fare, you will need to know which ‘fare zone’ your train (or trains) pass through. The more zones you pass through, the higher the fare.

Most underground maps will show the zones as a series of concentric grey/white rings, with the smallest ring at the centre of London. That is zone 1 (the touristy bit).

Just to confuse things, sometimes a station might be in two different zones at the same time. For example, Earl’s Court is in zone 1 and zone 2. If you disembark at one of those stations then the fare will be based on your direction of travel. It will count as zone 1 if you came from the direction of zone 1, and it will count as zone 2 if you came from the direction of zone 2.

If you use our journey planner then we will tell you which zones you pass through. For example, if you look at the journey between Heathrow airport and Waterloo, then you will see that it passes through zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. You can then look up the fare for zones 1-6 on this page.

When is peak-time?

Fares are usually more expensive during peak time (but not always). It runs from 6.30 AM to 9.30 AM, and 4 PM to 7 PM, Monday to Friday.

Weekends and public holidays are always classed as off-peak.

Train journeys further afield

We have only provided the fares for the centre of London, because that’s what 99.99% of tourist will use.

If you need to check the fares all the way up to zone 9 then you can find them at the TFL website.

Got any questions?

If you’ve got any questions about London underground ticket fares, or Oyster travelcard prices, then we are happy to try and answer them in our London chat forum:

> Talk about London train fares 

  •  Guest – “I travelled from ealing common at 12 today to sloane square and returned same route (District line) at 3 pm. How much should I pay by Oystercard for these two journeys ?”
  • Admin – “all the prices are shown on the fares page. You need to look at the row for zones 1-3. Weekends are always classed as off-peak”
  • Admin – “assuming that you're talking about custom house dlr station, by the excel centre (rather than the building called custom house by the tower of London) then that journey is not going to be possible, because that station has closed down for building works until December 2017. If it's the excel centre you're visiting then you can go to prince regent station instead, which is right up the other end of the building. But the cheapest and easiest way to do it would have been with your contactless card (your everyday bank card). They have the same fares as Oyster cards. But you will each need your contactless card -- you can't use one card for multiple people. If you're from abroad then we'd recommend getting a Visitor Oyster card instead, because your bank may add on an extra fee every time you use your contactless card overseas. It doesn't matter how many times you change trains, you still only pay one fare (the fare for zones 1-3). You would only pay an extra fare if you actually left the station through the gates, and then re-entered the gates again. If you are just changing platforms then you shouldn't have to go through any gates.”
  •  Guest – “Hi I’m coming to London for two days and will be traveling at different times of the day between euston, bank / st pauls area and brixton, I was wondering what the best and most cost effective way to pay for travel on the tube would be I noticed that you can use a Visitor Oyster card or pay contactless, it looked to me that the same charges were in place paying either way ie Daily cap and paying no more than ^.60 a day etc.Or wouald a travelcard be a better option ? Thanks”
  • Admin – “It's possible that a weekly travelcard might be cheaper than paying the daily cap every day, but it depends on how many journeys you're going to make. If you're making two or more journeys for seven days, or three or more journeys for five or six days, then a weekly travelcard is probably cheaper. But the only way of knowing for sure is to sit down and add them all up. If you're a UK person then a contactless card is easier than an Oyster card, because it's just your everyday bank card. You don't have to worry about topping it up. And you pay to pay a £3 quid fee to get a Visitor Oyster card as well. Edit -- sorry, I didn't notice that you said you were only here for two days. In that case the daily cap will be cheaper than a 1-day travelcard, so don't get a travelcard”
  •  Guest – “Hi,. I will be traveling to London in April with family of 2 adults and 2 children ( 14 and 11 ). I will staying in middlesex, I need a 5 zones fare. Could you tell me should I go for 1 day travel card or Oyster fare ? I don't understand what is a daily cab fare is. Would be appreciated if you could help. Thank you. David”
  •  Guest – “Hi again,. Sorry didn't mention that we are coming from paris. Holiday trip for 5 days in London. Will be visiting London daily from middlesex. Thanks. David”
  • Admin – “Whether you go for a travelcard or Oyster card will depend on how many journeys you'll be making. It's possible that a weekly travelcard will be cheaper than paying 5x daily caps on an Oyster card, but the only way of knowing for certain is to work out what zones you'll be travelling through each day, and then adding it up the daily caps for the zones. That really is the only way of knowing. Have a read through our Oyster card page, because we've explained in detail how the daily cap works on there”
  •  Guest – “I arrive at Heathrow airport at 0745 and have a flight leaving London city airport at 1115. Can I take the tube from Heathrow and make my connection?”
  • Admin – “It depends how long it takes you to get through customs and baggage and onto the tube, but it should be doable. If you get the Piccadilly line to green park, and then Jubilee line to canning town, and then the dlr to London city airport, then it will take approx 1 hour 25 mins. If you get the Heathrow Express to Paddington, then the Bakerloo line to baker street, then the Jubilee line to canning town, then the dlr to London city airport then its a bit quicker: approx 1 hour 10 mins”

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