Child train fares in London – 2017

London: A Visitor’s Guide

Have you seen our guidebook? We explain how to ride the buses, boats, taxis and trains, with all the fares and ticket options

2017 edition – Read a free sample

Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and more

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 £2.45 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 £2.45 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 £2.45 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 £2.45 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 

  •  Guest – “Hi I’m looking to get to upminster train station from portsmouth. I know I have to get a train from waterloo to west ham. What zone tickets do I need please?”
  • Admin – “You can get the tube all the way to upminster if you want (changing onto the District line at west ham). You'd need a ticket for zones 1-6”
  •  Guest – “Thankyou”
  •  Morell – “I just bought two tickets for the Heathrow Express for October 1st. They have a great discount if you buy 90 days in advance plus a discount because it is a Sunday and a further discount for buying two tickets. Total cost for both tickets ( one way) was only £11.00 definitely better than taking the tube.”
  • Admin – “You definitely got a good deal there. One thing worth noting about the Heathrow Express is that it only goes to Paddington. So you might end up having to get a tube anyway because Paddington isn't very central. But it was still a good deal though.”

> Read the rest, or ask your own question

 
 

Buy a London Pass  – and save money at London attractions

Save money – Get free or discounted entry into over 50 top attractions

Jump the queues – Get ‘Fast Track’ entry at lots of popular attractions

1-3 day Travelcard – Easy way to pay for London’s buses and trains

Copyright © 2017 London Drum. All rights reserved · Contact London Drum · Privacy policy / Terms of use / Cookies
London City Guide

Oyster card

Get an Oyster for the cheapest fares The easiest way to travel in London

Oyster card

Learn more about Oyster cardsBuy an Oyster card

> Save moneyGet the cheapest fares on London transport

> Easy to usePay as you go credit on the buses, boats and underground trains

Guide book

Have you seen our London book?

London guidebook

Find out more and read a free sample

Get the ebook

Amazon.com $3.99

Amazon.co.uk £2.99

Get the paperback

Amazon.com $15.99

Amazon.co.uk £11.99

Honest reviews of London’s landmarks and attractions

Money saving tips things to do for free and cheap days out

Useful information with opening times, prices, photos, maps

Trainline