The London Congestion Charge is a fee to drive in parts of central London (the Congestion Charge Zone) between 7am–6pm Monday–Friday.
There is no Congestion Charge on:
- Saturdays and Sundays
- Monday to Friday between 6pm–7am
- Bank holidays (27 August 2018, 19 April 2019, 22 April 2019, 6 & 27 May 2019, 26 August 2019)
- Christmas Day (25 December 2018)
- Boxing Day (26 December 2018)
- 27–28 December 2018 (29 December 2018 is on Saturday and 30 December 2018 is on Sunday, so no charges apply)
- New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (31 December 2018 and 1st January 2019)
How much is the London Congestion Charge?
The Congestion Charge is £11.50 per vehicle per day 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 the following day but the price increases to £14.
You can drive in and out of the congestion zone as many times as you like on the day — you only pay one fee.
Do I pay if I park in a car park in the Congestion Zone?
The charge only applies when you actually drive your car in the congestion zone during the congestion charge period (Monday to Friday between 7am–6pm).
If you leave your car in a car park for a few days, you don’t have to pay the congestion charge on the days you don’t use your car. You only pay the charge for the day you drive to and drive from the car park IF it’s during the congestion charge period.
How to pay the Congestion Charge
There are several ways to pay. These are the quickest ways for visitors to pay:
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 via the TfL Congestion Charge app
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. 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 £160 is sent to your home address. If you pay within 14 days, the fine is reduced to £80.
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.
How to find out if an address is in the Congestion Charge Zone
If you know the street name or postcode, check if it’s in the Congestion Zone area.
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.
New emission charges – T-Charge and ULEZ
A new £10 charge started on 23 October 2017. This is the Emissions or Toxicity Charge (T-Charge).
The charge applies to vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards. Check if your vehicle is liable for the T-Charge with TfL’s online checker.
If your car is liable, you need to pay the T-Charge and the Congestion Charge. The charging period, zone and payment methods are the same as the Congestion Charge.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone Charge (ULEZ) replaces the T-Charge from 8 April 2019. Your vehicle will have to meet even tighter emissions standards.