Train fares in London – 2016

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Adult fares on the train

Adult fares inside zone 1 only
Cash £4.80
Oyster £2.40 (daily cap £6.50)
Contactless £2.40 (daily cap £6.50, weekly cap £32.40)
1-day travelcard £12.10
Weekly travelcard £32.40
Monthly travelcard £124.50
Adult fares between zones 1 and 2
Cash £4.80
Oyster (peak) £2.90 (daily cap £6.50)
Oyster (off-peak) £2.40 (daily cap £6.50)
Contactless (peak) £2.90 (daily cap £6.50, weekly cap £32.40)
Contactless (off-peak) £2.40 (daily cap £6.50, weekly cap £32.40)
1-day travelcard £12.10
Weekly travelcard £32.40
Monthly travelcard £124.50
Adult fares between zones 1 and 3
Cash £4.80
Oyster (peak) £3.30 (daily cap £7.60)
Oyster (off-peak) £2.80 (daily cap £7.60)
Contactless (peak) £3.30 (daily cap £7.60, weekly cap £38)
Contactless (off-peak) £2.80 (daily cap £7.60, weekly cap £38)
1-day travelcard £12.10
Weekly travelcard £38
Monthly travelcard £146
Adult fares between zones 1 and 4
Cash £5.80
Oyster (peak) £3.90 (daily cap £9.30)
Oyster (off-peak) £2.80 (daily cap £9.30)
Contactless (peak) £3.90 (daily cap £9.30, weekly cap £46.50)
Contactless (off-peak) £2.80 (daily cap £9.30, weekly cap £46.50)
1-day travelcard £12.10
Weekly travelcard £46.50
Monthly travelcard £178.60
Adult fares between zones 1 and 5
Cash £5.80
Oyster (peak) £4.70 (daily cap £11)
Oyster (off-peak) £3.10 (daily cap £11)
Contactless (peak) £4.70 (daily cap £11, weekly cap £55.20)
Contactless (off-peak) £3.10 (daily cap £11, weekly cap £55.20)
1-day travelcard (peak) £17.20
1-day travelcard (off-peak)£12.10
Weekly travelcard £55.20
Monthly travelcard £212
Adult fares between zones 1 and 6
Cash £6
Oyster (peak) £5.10 (daily cap £11.80)
Oyster (off-peak) £3.10 (daily cap £11.80)
Contactless (peak) £5.10 (daily cap £11.80, weekly cap £59.10)
Contactless (off-peak) £3.10 (daily cap £11.80, weekly cap £59.10)
1-day travelcard (peak) £17.20
1-day travelcard (off-peak)£12.10
Weekly travelcard £59.10
Monthly travelcard £227
Adult fares inside zone 2 only
Cash £4.80
Oyster (peak) £1.70 (daily cap £6.50)
Oyster (off-peak) £1.50 (daily cap £6.50)
Contactless (peak) £1.70 (daily cap £6.50, weekly cap £24.30)
Contactless (off-peak) £1.50 (daily cap £6.50, weekly cap £24.30)
1-day travelcard £12.10
Weekly travelcard £24.30
Monthly travelcard £93.40
Adult fares between zones 2 and 3
Cash £4.80
Oyster (peak) £1.70 (daily cap £7.60)
Oyster (off-peak) £1.50 (daily cap £7.60)
Contactless (peak) £1.70 (daily cap £7.60, weekly cap £24.30)
Contactless (off-peak) £1.50 (daily cap £7.60, weekly cap £24.30)
1-day travelcard £12.10
Weekly travelcard £24.30
Monthly travelcard £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.

Underground tickets Buy an Oyster Card   (more info)
Buy a Visitor Oyster Card   (info)
Buy a Travelcard   (more info)
Buy a Travelcard + London Pass
Contactless payment cards
National Rail tickets Buy from Trainline
Buy from Raileasy

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 

  • Admin – “An oyster card will be cheaper than a travelcard, and you can claim back anything you dont spend at the end. With an oyster card the most you'll pay each day is the 'daily cap' for the zones you travel through. If you compare it with the cost of a travelcard on our fares page then you'll it works out quite a bit cheaper. If you get a weekly travelcard then you'll have to get zones 1-6, but im assuming you only really need zone 6 for two days, so that will be a wasteThey are both easy to use, so there's no difference there. If you are coming from abroad then you can buy a 'visitor oyster card' in advance -- see our visitor oyster card page for info”
  •  Guest – “What will be the cost of a single ticket travelling from Knightsbridge to Marylebone Station on 17 May after 1 pm?”
  • Admin – “The price will depend on whether you pay by cash or Oyster card. This page contains all the different possibilities: You need to look at the row which covers zone 1”

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