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 £5.90 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 £5.90 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 – “I'm travelling from biggleswade to kings cross then on to Piccadilly, what zone ticket do I need please”
  • Admin – “Biggleswade is miles away from London so you'll have to get a Separate National Rail ticket for that bit. But king's cross to Piccadilly circus is zone 1.”
  •  Guest – “Ok travelling from cockfosters to kingscross then onto Piccadilly on Thursday 29th June about 3.0clock what zone ticket please.”
  • Admin – “That's zones 1-5. But how are you getting from biggleswade to cockfosters? That's the end of the Piccadilly line, and it's just an underground station, so it's not possible to connect with a National Rail train.”
  •  Guest – “Hi, I am attending wireless festival on July 7,8,9, we are coming from milton keynes central on the 6th to euston and will be using the tube in London to get from kilburn to finsbury park each day, and then getting a train home to milton keynes on the 10th. What is the cheapest and easiest way to get to my destinations, I’ve looked at travel cards for the week and that looks like the best. Is there any alternatives?”
  • Admin – “It will probably be cheaper to just use your contactless card (your everyday bank card). The maximum you will pay each day will be the 'daily cap' for the zones you pass through. That is always cheaper than a 1-day travelcard. The daily caps are shown the fares page. Oyster is the same price as contactless, but you have to pay a £5 deposit to set it up if you don't already have one.”
  •  Guest – “Hi,arriving kings cross Thursday lunchtime need to get to angel tube station then walking to attractions, Friday need full tourist travel on the tube around the sights,then Saturday limited travel to kings cross best cost effective way of doing this”
  • Admin – “If you're from the UK then the cheapest and easiest is always your contactless card (bank card). You just touch it on the gate. If you're from abroad then Oyster fares are the same price, but you have to pay £5 on top to set a new one up. The maximum you'll pay each day is the 'daily cap' for the zones you travel through. Prices are all on the fares page. You'll have a very long walk to all the attractions from angel, by the way. There are no tourist attractions around there.”
  •  Guest – “Hello, I would like to know how to get from canning town to westminster, how much will cost me without Oyster card?”
  • Admin – “You can just catch the Jubilee line to westminster. The cost is shown on the fare page. You need to look at the row for zones 1-3”

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