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Local London Train Tickets

London has a huge train network which covers a much larger area than the underground. The Pay as you go Oyster card, contactless card and Travelcard can be used to pay for London’s local trains.

London single train tickets

Single fares on suburban trains in London vary according to the zone.

The Pay as you go Oyster card is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on all trains within the London area. The same fare is available if you use a contactless debit or credit card.

To find single train fares, see TfL’s single fare finder.

To find the zone of a train station, view the rail zone map (pdf).




One day pass for London trains

If you make several train journeys a day, you have two options:

  1. Use a Pay as you go Oyster card or a contactless card and the daily cap will apply.
  2. If you don’t have an Oyster or contactless card, buy the more expensive One Day Travelcard.

Top Tip: If you’re visiting London and planning to do some sightseeing, a train ticket or Travelcard bought at a train station entitles you to 2 for 1 discounts at major London attractions — a huge money-saving deal.

London weekly train fares

If you’re staying in London for 6-7 days, and plan to use the trains every day, buy a Weekly Travelcard.

If you don’t think you’ll be using the trains (or underground) every day, and don’t want to take advantage of the 2 for 1 offers, then paying with a Pay as you go Oyster card/Contactless card will be cheaper.

London airport trains

Travelcards and Pay as you go Oyster cards are not valid on the Heathrow Express or between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow on the Heathrow Connect.

Luton airport and Stansted airport are outside London’s transport zone area. Travelcards or Pay as you go Oyster cards are not valid on trains to these airports.

You can use a Pay as you go Oyster card or contactless debit or credit card on the trains between London and Gatwick airport. See our guide to travel to/from Gatwick airport.

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Last updated: 19 August 2016