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 – “£5. 80 is the cash fare for zones 1-4, yes. that's just a single fare (one way). there are no prices for return tickets on the underground. you can still buy them at the ticket window or self-service machine, but it just works out as the same price as two one-way journeys. if you pay with your contactless card (your bank card) then it will be cheaper, because the maximum you'll pay is the 'daily cap'”
  •  Guest – “Hi, My husband and I (coming from USA) are landing at Heathrow, Terminal 3, and require transport to SE1 8RQ. We will also need return transport a week later. What do you recommend, and what do we need? (i. e. Oystercards??)Thank You So Much!”
  • Admin – “oyster cards are the cheapest, and also the easiest, so that would be your best bet. you can buy oyster cards at the airport or station on the day, but if you want it in advance then you can order a "visitor oyster card" right now, and have it delivered to you in america. details about how to order them online can be found here:”

> Read the rest, or ask your own question

 
 

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