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The most important thing to remember about London’s bus and train fares, is that you’ll save a lot of money by using an Oyster Card. These can be picked up at bus and train stations, and any newsagent carrying the blue Oyster Card symbol.

Cash fares are very nearly double what an Oyster user pays, so if you’re planning on using the bus and train network throughout your stay – get an Oyster Card!

How to work out the fare

In order to work out the price of your train journey, you will 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 (the one 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 Zones 1 & 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 relevant fare on the right, in the section for ‘Zones 1 to 6’.

Paying by Oyster card

An Oyster Card is just like a paper travelcard, but it’s made out of plastic and looks like a blue credit card. The big advantage to having an Oyster Card over a travelcard is that it can be topped up with money as you go along. It also stays valid forever. You can fill it up with money at a train station, or any newsagent showing the blue Oyster Card symbol in the window.

We heartily recommend that you invest in an Oyster Card, as not only does it work out cheaper, it’s also the quickest and most convenient way to travel. You can also get any unspent money back at the end of your holiday.

Oyster card reader at a London train station

Once you have the card, all you have to do is touch it against the big round yellow reader on top of the ticket barrier, and the gate should open to let you through to the other side. The fare will automatically be deducted from your card.

You must remember to touch the card down again when you leave the station at the other end – or you may be overcharged. The computer needs to work out what your journey was, and if you forget to touch down when you leave then it will charge you whatever the maximum journey was on that train.

Paying by cash

If you decide to purchase a paper ticket instead, then all you have to do is insert it into the bottom slot, face-up. It will then be ejected from a slot at the top. Once you remove the ticket from the top slot, the gate will open. But if the ticket is no longer of any use (because the journey you paid for is over), the ticket will instead be retained by the machine, and the gate will open automatically.

Train tickets and travelcard fares

Buying a new Oyster card?  You have to pay a £5 refundable deposit when setting up a new pay-as-you-go Oyster card.

Where’s the return fares?  There’s no such thing as a return fare on the London underground. You just pay for two singles.

What is peak time?  Peak time is classed as 6.30 AM to 9.30 AM, and 4 PM to 7 PM (Monday to Friday). Weekends and public holidays are classed as off-peak.

Train fares – Zone 1 only

These prices apply to journeys which stay within zone 1.

Cash (single fare):£4.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£2.20  (daily price cap £8.40)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£2.20  (daily price cap £7.00)

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Day pass (any time):£9.00
Day pass (off-peak):£8.90
Weekly pass:£31.40
Monthly pass:£120.60

Train fares – Zones 1 and 2

These prices apply to journeys between zones 1 and 2.

Cash (single fare):£4.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£2.80  (daily price cap £8.40)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£2.20  (daily price cap £7.00)

> Get an Oyster card
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Day pass:£9.00
Weekly pass:£31.40
Monthly pass:£120.60

Train fares – Zones 1 to 3

Cash (single fare):£4.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£3.20  (daily price cap £10.60)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£2.70  (daily price cap £7.70)

> Get an Oyster card
> Get a Travelcard

Day pass (any time):£11.40
Day pass (off-peak):£8.90
Weekly pass:£36.80
Monthly pass:£141.40

Train fares – Zones 1 to 4

Cash (single fare):£5.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£3.80  (daily price cap £10.60)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£2.70  (daily price cap £7.70)

> Get an Oyster card
> Get a Travelcard

Day pass:£11.40
Weekly pass:£45.00
Monthly pass:£172.80

Train fares – Zones 1 to 5

Cash (single fare):£5.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£4.60  (daily price cap £15.80)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£3.00  (daily price cap £8.50)

> Get an Oyster card
> Get a Travelcard

Day pass (any time):£17.00
Day pass (off-peak):£8.90
Weekly pass:£53.40
Monthly pass:£205.10

Train fares – Zones 1 to 6

Cash (single fare):£5.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£5.00  (daily price cap £15.80)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£3.00  (daily price cap £8.50)

> Get an Oyster card
> Get a Travelcard

Day pass (any time):£17.00
Day pass (off-peak):£8.90
Weekly pass:£57.20
Monthly pass:£219.70

Train fares – Zone 2 only

Cash (single fare):£4.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£1.60  (daily price cap £8.40)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£1.50  (daily price cap £7.00)

> Get an Oyster card
> Get a Travelcard

Day pass (any time):£9.00
Day pass (off-peak):£8.90
Weekly pass:£23.60
Monthly pass:£90.70

Train fares – Zones 2 and 3

Cash (single fare):£4.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£1.60  (daily price cap £10.60)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£1.50  (daily price cap £7.70)

> Get an Oyster card
> Get a Travelcard

Day pass (any time):£11.40
Day pass (off-peak):£8.90
Weekly pass:£23.60
Monthly pass:£90.70

Train fares – Zones 2 to 4

Cash (single fare):£4.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£2.30  (daily price cap £10.60)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£1.50  (daily price cap £7.70)

> Get an Oyster card
> Get a Travelcard

Day pass (any time):£11.40
Day pass (off-peak):£8.90
Weekly pass:£26.00
Monthly pass:£99.90

Train fares – Zones 2 to 5

Cash (single fare):£5.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£2.70  (daily price cap £15.80)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£1.50  (daily price cap £8.50)

> Get an Oyster card
> Get a Travelcard

Day pass (any time):£17.00
Day pass (off-peak):£8.90
Weekly pass:£31.20
Monthly pass:£119.90

Train fares – Zones 2 to 6

Cash (single fare):£5.70
Oyster (single fare, peak time):£2.70  (daily price cap £15.80)
Oyster (single fare, off-peak):£1.50  (daily price cap £8.50)

> Get an Oyster card
> Get a Travelcard

Day pass (any time):£17.00
Day pass (off-peak):£8.90
Weekly pass:£39.20
Monthly pass:£150.60

Whilst we make every effort to keep the fares up-to-date, prices are subject to change, and there are sometimes extra exceptions and restrictions. We therefore advise you to check the fares directly with London Transport.

 
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