The Travelcard is a transport pass for London that gives you unlimited travel in London within certain zones. The prices vary according to number of zones you need to travel through. Central London is in zone 1.
Travelcards are valid for 1 day, 7 days or 1 month.
The passes are valid for travel on all types of transport in London including:
- the Underground (the tube)
- the local suburban trains within London
- the Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
- the London Overground
- the buses all over London. Any Travelcard allows you to use the buses in all zones (zones 1-6)
The 3 Day Travelcard, weekend Travelcard, Zone 1-2 & 2-6 one day Travelcard are no longer available.
See our guide to London’s transport tickets & passes. It will help you decide if the Travelcard is the best pass for your visit.
Single Underground Tickets
Single tickets on the London underground are expensive if you buy them from a tube station ticket machine or a ticket office:
- £4.80 for travel in zone 1 (central London) and between zone 1 and zone 2 or 3
- £5.80 between zone 1 and zones 4/5
- £6 between zones 1 and 6
If you really don’t want to use an Oyster card or don’t have a contactless card, the One Day Travelcard is the next best money-saving pass. The paper ticket costs £12, but it’s still cheaper than paying the full fare for 3 trips on the underground (£14.40).
|One Day Travelcards|
|Transport Zones||Off Peak||Anytime|
|Zones 1, 2, 3 & 4||n/a||£12.00|
The zone 1-2 One Day Travelcard was withdrawn on 2 January 2015
One Day Travelcard prices are different if you travel during peak or off-peak times:
Valid for travel at anytime.
For travel after 9.30am Monday–Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Discounts for One Day Travelcards are available to Railcard holders.
If you stay in London for 6—7 days and use the underground, trains and buses every day, the weekly Travelcard is the most cost-effective travel pass.
The one-week pass including central London costs £32.10.
- It can start on any day of the week
- It’s valid for travel at anytime; there’s no peak or off-peak rate.
Most places sell a weekly Travelcard loaded onto a plastic Oyster card. There’s a £5 deposit if you don’t already have an Oyster.
If you buy a weekly Travelcard from a train station, you’ll be given a paper version of the Travelcard. There’s no deposit to worry about but they need a passport-sized photo to make you a free photocard.
See Weekly Travelcards for all other zones (2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Top Tip: ‘Paper’ Travelcards from a train station entitle you to 2 for the price of 1 discounts at major tourist attractions.
Monthly Travelcards: 2015 Prices
For a longer stay in London, monthly Travelcards are available. You won’t save much compared to buying 4 x weekly Travelcards – but you’ll save time renewing it. Like the weekly Travelcard, it can start on any day of the week and is valid for travel at any time.
See monthly Travelcards for all other zones (2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Where to buy a Travelcard
One day, weekly and monthly Travelcards are available from the following places:
Any underground station ticket office or ticket machine
If you’re not close to an underground/train station, Travelcards are available from Oyster ticket stops. These are newsagents and local shops that sell London transport tickets and Oyster cards. One Day Travelcards are not available from Oyster ticket stops.
London train stations
One day, weekly or monthly ‘paper’ Travelcards are available from all London train stations. Weekly and monthly Travelcards from a train station need a photocard. Just give them a photo of yourself, so they can make one up for you. It doesn’t have to be photo-quality, just passport-sized.
If you buy a Travelcard from a train station, you can claim 2 for 1 discounts at London attractions.
Weekly and monthly Travelcards from London Overground stations are issued on an Oyster card. These are not valid for the 2 for 1 deals.
London Travel Information Centres
Transport for London’s Visitor & Travel Information Centres sell Travelcards at Liverpool St tube station, Piccadilly Circus tube station, King’s Cross tube station (near St Pancras train station entrance), Paddington train station, Euston train station, Victoria train station and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 tube station.
How to use a Travelcard
On the Underground
If you have a paper Travelcard, insert the card into the slot on the front of the ticket barrier. The barrier opens when you take the ticket from behind the yellow reader, on the top.
On the Bus
If you have a paper Travelcard, just show it to the driver when boarding the bus.
See How to use an Oyster card if you have a weekly Travelcard on an Oyster card.
Top Tip: Do you want a cheaper way of getting around central London? Only use the buses. It’s £4.40 per day or £21 per week. Or, try the London cycle hire scheme. If you use the bikes for short rides it costs £2 per day.
- Guide to London’s transport tickets
- Weekly and monthly Travelcards for zones 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
- Oyster card
- How to use a contactless card to pay for transport
- Bus tickets & passes
- London Transport zones
Last updated: 24 August 2015