Train fares in London – 2015

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

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How to work out the fare

In order to work out the price of your train journey, you need to know which ‘fare zones’ you pass through. Most underground maps will show the fare zones as a series of concentric white/grey rings. The smallest ring closest to the centre of London is zone 1. The closer you get to the centre of the ring, the higher the fare.

Apart from when you fly in from places like Heathrow (Zone 6), most tourists will spend their entire holiday inside zone 1, but may enter zone 2 for places like Greenwich, Camden, Canary Wharf and The O2. Zone 3 is for places like Kew, Wimbledon, Highgate and London City Airport.

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 relevant fare in the section for ‘Between zones 1 and 6’.

When is peak-time?

Fares are usually more expensive during peak time. It runs between 6.30 AM and 9.30 AM, and from 4 PM to 7 PM (Monday to Friday). Weekends and public holidays are off-peak.

Child fares on the train

Children under the age of 11 can travel for free on the London Underground and DLR, provided they are accompanied by an adult (maximum of 4 children per adult), or have a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard. You can obtain a card at tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments.

11-15 year olds pay cheaper fares on the London Underground and DLR (but not free), provided 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. You can obtain a card at tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments.

Child aged under-11
Free when accompanied by an adult (maximum of 4 children per adult), or when using a ‘5-10 Zip Oyster photocard’
Child aged 11-15, with a photocard – Between zones 1 and 2, or zone 1 only
Cash: £2.40
Oyster: (peak) £0.85 (daily cap £3.20)
Oyster: (off-peak) £0.75 (daily cap £1.50)
Contactless: not possible (they will be charged an adult fare instead)
1-day travelcard: £6
Weekly travelcard: £16.10
Monthly travelcard: £61.90
Child aged 11-15, with a photocard – Between zones 1 and 3
Cash: £2.40
Oyster: (peak) £0.85 (daily cap £3.75)
Oyster: (off-peak) £0.75 (daily cap £1.50)
Contactless: not possible (they will be charged an adult fare instead)
1-day travelcard: £6
Weekly travelcard: £18.90
Monthly travelcard: £72.60
Child aged 11-15, with a photocard – Zone 2 only
Cash: £2.40
Oyster: (peak) £0.85 (daily cap £3.20)
Oyster: (off-peak) £0.75 (daily cap £1.50)
Contactless: not possible (they will be charged an adult fare instead)
1-day travelcard: £6
Weekly travelcard: £12.10
Monthly travelcard: £46.50
Child aged 11-15, with a photocard – Between zones 2 and 3, or zone 3 only
Cash: £2.40
Oyster: (peak) £0.85 (daily cap £3.75)
Oyster: (off-peak) £0.75 (daily cap £1.50)
Contactless: not possible (they will be charged an adult fare instead)
1-day travelcard: £6
Weekly travelcard: £12.10
Monthly travelcard: £46.50

Adult fares on the train

Adult – Zone 1 only
Cash: £4.80
Oyster: £2.30 (daily cap £6.40)
Contactless: £2.30 (daily cap £6.40, weekly cap £32.10)
1-day travelcard: £12
Weekly travelcard: £32.40
Monthly travelcard: £123.30
Adult – Between zones 1 and 2
Cash: £4.80
Oyster: (peak) £2.90 (daily cap £6.40)
Oyster: (off-peak) £2.30 (daily cap £6.40)
Contactless: (peak)£2.90 (daily cap £6.40, weekly cap £32.10)
Contactless: (off-peak) £2.30 (daily cap £6.40, weekly cap £32.10)
1-day travelcard: £12
Weekly travelcard: £32.40
Monthly travelcard: £123.30
Adult – Between zones 1 and 3
Cash: £4.80
Oyster: (peak) £3.30 (daily cap £7.50)
Oyster: (off-peak) £2.80 (daily cap £7.50)
Contactless: (peak) £3.30 (daily cap £7.50, weekly cap £37.70)
Contactless: (off-peak) £2.80 (daily cap £7.50, weekly cap £37.70)
1-day travelcard: £12
Weekly travelcard: £37.70
Monthly travelcard: £144.80
Adult – Between zones 1 and 4
Cash: £5.80
Oyster: (peak) £3.90 (daily cap £9.20)
Oyster: (off-peak) £2.80 (daily cap £9.20)
Contactless: (peak) £3.90 (daily cap £9.20, weekly cap £46.10)
Contactless: (off-peak) £2.80 (daily cap £9.20, weekly cap £46.10)
1-day travelcard: £12
Weekly travelcard: £46.10
Monthly travelcard: £177.10
Adult – Between zones 1 and 5
Cash: £5.80
Oyster: (peak) £4.70 (daily cap £10.90)
Oyster: (off-peak) £3.10 (daily cap £10.90)
Contactless: (peak) £4.70 (daily cap £10.90, weekly cap £54.70)
Contactless: (off-peak) £3.10 (daily cap £10.90, weekly cap £54.70)
1-day travelcard (peak): £17
1-day travelcard (off-peak): £12
Weekly travelcard: £54.70
Monthly travelcard: £210.10
Adult – Between zones 1 and 6
Cash: £6
Oyster: (peak) £5.10 (daily cap £11.70)
Oyster: (off-peak) £3.10 (daily cap £11.70)
Contactless: (peak) £5.10 (daily cap £11.70, weekly cap £58.60)
Contactless: (off-peak) £3.10 (daily cap £11.70, weekly cap £58.60)
1-day travelcard (peak): £17
1-day travelcard (off-peak): £12
Weekly travelcard: £58.60
Monthly travelcard: £225.10
Adult – Zone 2 only
Cash: £4.80
Oyster: (peak) £1.70 (daily cap £6.40)
Oyster: (off-peak) £1.50 (daily cap £6.40)
Contactless: (peak) £1.70 (daily cap £6.40, weekly cap £24.10)
Contactless: (off-peak) £1.50 (daily cap £6.40, weekly cap £24.10)
1-day travelcard: £12
Weekly travelcard: £24.10
Monthly travelcard: £92.60
Adult – Between zones 2 and 3, or zone 3 only
Cash: £4.80
Oyster: (peak) £1.70 (daily cap £7.50)
Oyster: (off-peak) £1.50 (daily cap £7.50)
Contactless: (peak) £1.70 (daily cap £7.50, weekly cap £24.10)
Contactless: (off-peak) £1.50 (daily cap £7.50, weekly cap £24.10)
1-day travelcard: £12
Weekly travelcard: £24.10
Monthly travelcard: £92.60
 

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