Child train fares in London – 2017

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Child fares on the train

Child fares on the train (aged under-11)
Free when accompanied by an adult (up to a maximum of 4 children per adult), or when using a ‘5-10 Zip Oyster photocard’
Child fares inside zone 1 only, or between zones 1 and 2 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.40 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.30 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-2) £16.50
Monthly travelcard (z1-2) £63.40
Child fares between zones 1 and 3 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.40 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.85 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-3) £19.40
Monthly travelcard (z1-3) £74.50
Child fares between zones 1 and 4 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.90 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£4.75 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-4) £23.70
Monthly travelcard (z1-4) £91.10
Child fares between zones 1 and 5 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.90 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£5.60 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-6, any time)£8.70
1-day travelcard (z1-6, off-peak)£6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-5) £28.10
Monthly travelcard (z1-5) £108
Child fares between zones 1 and 6 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £3 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£6 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-6, any time)£8.70
1-day travelcard (z1-6, off-peak)£6.10
Weekly travelcard (z1-6) £30.10
Monthly travelcard (z1-6) £115.60
Child fares inside zone 2 only (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.40 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.30 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z2) £12.40
Monthly travelcard (z2) £47.70
Child fares between zones 2 and 3 (aged 11-15, with a photocard)
Cash £2.40 single fare
Oyster (peak) £0.85 single fare
£3.85 daily cap
Oyster (off-peak) £0.75 single fare
£1.50 daily cap
1-day travelcard (z1-4) £6.10
Weekly travelcard (z2-3) £12.40
Monthly travelcard (z2-3) £47.70
Child fares on the train (aged 11-15, without a photocard, but with a ‘Young Visitor Discount’)
Pay-as-you-go fares using an Oyster card are half the adult fares, but only for a maximum of 14 consecutive days. (See adult fares)
Child fares on the train (aged 16-18, with a photocard)
Pay-as-you-go fares using an Oyster card are half the adult fares. (See adult fares)
Child fares on the train (aged 11-18, with nothing)
Same as the adult fares

See here for the adult train fares

How to buy a child train ticket

There are three ways to pay for a children’s train ticket: by cash, by Oyster card (or Visitor Oyster card) or a travelcard.

Adults can also pay with a contactless payment card, but presumably your child won’t have one of those (because it’s a bank card).

Children under the age of 11 can travel for free on the London Underground and DLR, provided that they are accompanied by an adult (up to a maximum of 4 children per adult), or have a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard.

11-15 year olds pay a child fare on the London Underground and DLR, provided that 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.

16-18 year olds pay half the adult fare when using a pay-as-you-go Oyster card or contactless payment card (there are no discounts for cash fares or travelcards), provided that they can show a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard. If they cannot show a photocard, then they will have to pay a full adult fare.

You can apply for all of these photocards at the TFL website.

How to get a child photocard

You can apply for a children’s photocard on the TFL website. All of the photocards have to be paid for, though, which might wipe out any child-rate savings you would have made.

Young Visitor Discount

If your child is aged between 11 and 15 and you can’t be bothered of going through the hassle of getting a photocard for them, then you can take advantage of the Young Visitor Discount. This enables them to get 50% off the adult fare for a maximum of fourteen days.

What you have to do is buy your child a normal adult pay-as-you-go Oyster card (not a travelcard), and then ask a member of the TFL staff to apply the ‘Young Visitor Discount’ to it. You can do this at a London Underground station, a National Rail station (within London), or a London Travel Information Centre.

You child must be with you when you do it (up to a maximum of four children per adult), and they will probably ask for proof of age.

Once the fourteen days are over the card will revert back to charging adult fares again.

Got any questions?

> Talk about London train fares 

  • Admin – “You can't get one card for three people, you'll need one each. The best thing to do for the kids is to buy them a card and have the 'young visitor discount' applied to it. We have explained how to do that here: londondrum.com/transport/child-train-fa .. Prices.php how to top up the cards, and how to get a refund, is all explained here: .londondrum.com/transport/Oyster-cards.php Oyster cards cover all the zones at once, so you don't have to buy different ones for each zone.”
  •  AndJask – “I am going to go from Heathrow airpt. Term 3 to st james tube station. ---I know I have to take two underground trains: picadilly line then District line. ---My question is "do I have two buy two Separate single tickets or the one is enough for both trains?". As I have seen the ticket costs 6 pounds. ---Regards, andrzej”
  • Admin – “If you're only changing platforms at south kensington then it still counts as one journey. It would only count as two journeys if you went through the barriers and left the station.”
  •  Guest – “Hi good morning, I am arriving to t4 (lhr ) with my family as visitor, I need to travel to Victoria, can I buy Oyster card from t4, if, which card suites me best, a normal Oyster card or a Visitor Oyster card? Can I start my journey from t4 with a Oyster card? I intend to spend 2 nights inside London so how much should I charge.”
  • Admin – “You can't buy a Visitor Oyster card at Heathrow, so you'll have to get a normal Oyster card. They are basically the same thing anyway. You can use the Oyster card from Heathrow. How much you put on it depends on how many journeys you're making. The maximum you'll pay each day is the 'daily cap' for the zones you want to pass through. So from Heathrow it will be zones 1-6. The daily caps are all shown on the fares page”

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