There is no Congestion Charge on:
- Saturdays and Sundays
- Monday to Friday between 6pm–7am
- Bank holidays (10 & 13 April 2020, Friday 8 & 25 May 2020, 31 August 2020)
- Christmas Day (25 December 2020)
- Boxing Day (26 December 2020)
- 27–30 December 2020
- New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (31 December 2020 and 1st January 2021)
How much is the London Congestion Charge?
Important! The ULEZ started on 8 April 2019. This is an additional charge for driving in London.
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 Pay to Drive in London 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 will need:
- the vehicle registration number
- country of registration
- your credit/debit card details.
If you enter the London Congestion Zone on a regular basis, there are other ways to pay.
You can’t 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 This was withdrawn in July 2013.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 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 on weekdays. Park outside central London and use the underground, National Rail or buses to travel to central London.
New emissions charge – ULEZ
A new £12.50 (£100 for lorries & coaches) charge started on 8 April 2019 for driving in central London. This is the the Ultra Low Emission Zone Charge (ULEZ)
The charge applies to petrol vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards (registered after 2005) and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6 standards (registered after September 2015).
Do check if your vehicle is liable for ULEZ with TfL’s online checker.
If your car is liable, you need to pay the ULEZ and the Congestion Charge. Or just the ULEZ if driving into London outside the Congestion Charge times. The zone and payment methods are the same as the Congestion Charge. However, the main difference is that the ULEZ charge operates from midnight to midnight, 7 days a week (except 25 December).