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 – “Hi, I am traveling from Gatwick to golders green, what is the fastest way?”
  • Admin – “you can look up routes in our transport section. Here are your two journeys:. londondrum.com/transport/train-journey.. Ester-road londondrum.com/transport/train-journey.. Ey-central. The pages tell you which zones you're travel through, and include a link to the prices”
  • Admin – “Gatwick express to Victoria, and then the tube from Victoria to golders green: londondrum.com/transport/train-journey. ... ders-green”
  •  Guest – “I want to make sure I’m understanding the Oyster card costs and options for our upcoming trip. Travel agent suggested 7 day travel card, but I think Oyster card will be cheaper. 2 adults and 2 kids (aged 11 and 14) arriving early Friday morning leaving Tuesday morning. Here's our travel plans, and I’ve put in parentheses what I think the Oyster card cost per person would be: * Friday - Heathrow to zone 1 plus additional travel within zone 1 once we've had a small nap (£3.10 one way from Heathrow, then £4.80 roundtrip within zone 1) * Saturday - travel within zone 1 (£4.80 roundtrip, £6.60 capped) * Sunday - travel from zone 1 to watford junction (£17.50 capped) * Monday - travel within zone 1 (£4.80 roundtrip, £6.60 capped) * Tuesday - travel hotel to st. Pancras (£2.40 one way). Assuming I hit all the caps, that'll be £41, where a 7 day travel card will be £60.20 and won't even get me to watford junction. In addition, I can get a refund on any unused funds on the Oyster card. Are my numbers right? I’d be better off with the Oyster card?”
  • Admin – “Sounds okay to me. A couple of things, though: if you're flying in from abroad and you Decide to buy a Visitor Oyster card beforehand, then you have to add on a £3 admin fee per card, which is non-refundable. If you buy a normal Oyster card when you arrive in the UK then you have to pay a £5 deposit per card, but you can get it refunded at the end. So you'll need to add more than £41 when you buy it (you can't use the £3 or £5 for fares). Your kids can both get cheaper fares with the 'young visitor discount'. All you have to do is buy them a normal adult Oyster card (or a Visitor Oyster card), and then ask a member of the underground staff to apply the young visitor discount to it. You can't do that online -- you have to get a member of staff to do it when you arrive in London. Then they'll get 50% off the adult Oyster fare. But.. Your travel agent might be giving you some good advice without realising it, because you can get cheap entry into lots of different attractions with a travelcard. Have you seen the 2for1 days out website? There's probably a few attractions on there that you'll be visiting, and if you print off a voucher and show them your travelcard you can get 2 adults in for the price of 1. (It only applies to adult tickets, not kids). But that might make a travelcard worth getting, because attractions can be expensive. But don't buy a travelcard off your travel agent. And don't get it from an underground station either (so don't get it from Heathrow). And don't put it onto an Oyster card. You need to get a paper travelcard from a National Rail station -- which means an overground station, like waterloo or Victoria -- because it needs to be printed on National Rail paper otherwise it won't be valid. Have a read of their faqs page. And if you're going to do it, remember to print out all the vouchers from their website at home first, because you'll need those”
  •  Guest – “Sorry for posting on two boards and just making this all more confusing. Thank you for your replies. We pre-booked all of our tours so admission discounts won't be of much use, I think.”
  •  Guest – “Dear, do there exist monthly travelcards that are off-peak, please? Can we order them at st. Pancras station and do we get it directly? I see we need a photo. We stay more than 2 months, can we use the same travelcard and only renew it at every underground station? What about some day we are still in London in a third month, can we change the into a renewal for a weekly travel card or even an off-peak Oyster card? Many thanks; wim, belgium”
  • Admin – “You can only get 1-day travelcards in off-peak versions, not weekly or monthly ones. You can get monthly travelcards from st. Pancras (as long as you have a photo). You can't order them online, so you have to get them at the station. I’m not sure what you mean by "can we use the same travelcard". If you mean can two people use the same card, then no -- you each need your own card. Monthly travelcards are put onto Oyster cards. Once the monthly travelcard has expired you can either load another travelcard onto it (a 1-day, weekly or monthly one -- whatever you want), or you can load some credit on to it and use it as a pay-as-you-go card.”
  •  duster – “I would like to know how the contactless payment system works , is it correct that I can go on multiple journeys in one day and only be charged a maximum price for that zone ? On Sat I will be doing the following journeys kings cross-oxford circus. Oxford circus-Paddington .Paddington-Piccadilly. Piccadilly-Paddington. On Sunday Paddington-waterloo. Waterloo-knightsbridge . Knightsbridge-kings cross”
  • Admin – “That's correct, yes. The computer keeps track of all the fares you're paying, and as soon as you hit the 'daily cap' for that zone it will stop charging you (but you still have to continue tapping in and out every time). It's all explained in detail on our contactless page. The daily caps for each zone are on the fares page (all of the stations you mentioned are in zone 1)”

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