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 – “Hi I am travelling on ,mon 29 from ickenham to wembley park about 1100hrs whats best way to pay for myself and my kids aged 12-16”
  •  Guest – “Going to richmond tomorrow 29th from stanmore and thinking of going via waterloo. Can you advise Oyster cost. Thanks. Richard”
  • Admin – “well the cheapest way is with Oyster or contactless. But its not worth getting a new Oyster card if that's literally all you're doing, because you have to pay a deposit for it. So you should use your contactless card and pay cash for the kids.”
  • Admin – “all the prices are on the fares page. You need to look at the row for zones 1-5 -- londondrum.com/transport/train-fares-ti .. Prices.php. It will be easier going via westminster”
  •  Guest – “Hi. I will be reaching London from india with my twin sons aged 13 on June 13, 2017. Can I get an Oyster card for all three of us from Heathrow terminal 2. We will be in London on June 13 & 14 and then from June 21, 22 and 23. How can we recharge the Oyster card and will we get the unspent balance back from Oyster card when we will return it on Heathrow on June 24? Do we have to buy different cards for different zones?”
  • 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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