The London Congestion Charge is a fee to drive in parts of central London (the Congestion Charge Zone) between 7am–6pm Monday–Friday.
There’s no Congestion Charge on:
- Saturdays and Sundays
- Monday to Friday between 6pm–7am
- Bank holidays (14 & 17 April 2017, 1 & 29 May 2017, 28 August 2017)
- Christmas Day (25 December 2016)
- Boxing Day (26 December 2016)
- 27–30 December 2016
- New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (31 December 2016 and 1st January 2017)
- Monday 2 January 2017
How much is the London Congestion Charge?
The Congestion Charge is £11.50 per vehicle if you pay in advance or before midnight on the day you enter the zone.
If you forget, you can still pay the fee up to midnight on the following day but the price increases to £14.
You can drive in and out of the zone as many times as you like between 7am–6pm Monday–Friday — you only pay one fee.
If you leave your car in a car park in central London between 7am–6pm Monday–Friday, you don’t have to pay the congestion charge. The charge only applies when you actually drive in central London.
How to pay the Congestion Charge
There are several ways to pay. These are the quickest ways for visitors to pay the Congestion Charge:
You can pay the Congestion Charge online with TfL. You don’t need to register or create a password but you do need to enter your vehicle registration number and the country of registration. Payment is made by credit or debit card.
Only use the official Transport for London (TfL) website to pay the Congestion Charge. This is the official URL:
Do not use other websites to pay. They charge more than the official rate – in some cases up to £5 extra. The maximum amount you should pay is £11.50 on the day, or £14 up to midnight on the following day.
Pay by phone
Call 0343 222 2222 from within the UK, or +44 20 7649 9122 from outside the UK. They’re open 8am–10pm Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm Saturday. You need the vehicle registration number, country of registration and your credit/debit card details.
If you enter the London Congestion Zone on a regular basis, there are other ways to pay.
You used to be able to pay the Congestion Charge in shops and petrol stations. This was withdrawn in July 2013.
What if I don’t pay?
Cameras record when you enter and exit the zone. If payment is not received by midnight the day after entering the CCZ, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for £130 is sent to your home address. If you pay within 14 days, the fine is reduced to £65.
Find out if an address is in the Congestion Charge Zone
If you know the postcode of the address you’re visiting, check if it’s in the Congestion Zone area.
Where is the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ)?
The Congestion Charge Zone covers most of central London including the parts of City of Westminster, the City of London and parts of the London Boroughs of Camden, Lambeth and Southwark.
Congestion zone signs
There are no toll booths at the start of the Congestion Zone. When you enter and exit the zone, cameras record your number plate.
There are clear signs on roads approaching central London telling you how far you are from the Congestion Charge Zone:
When you enter the Zone, you see the following sign:
When you exit the Zone, you see the following sign (bottom sign):
Within the zone itself, you will see large red circles, with a white ‘C’ marked on the roads.
How to avoid the Congestion Charge
Don’t bring your car into central London during weekdays. Park outside central London and use the underground, National Rail or buses to travel to central London.