The London Congestion Charge is a fee to drive in parts of central London (the Congestion Charge Zone) between 7am–6pm (07:00–18:00) Monday–Friday, 12pm–6pm (12:00–18:00) Saturday & Sunday and bank holidays.
There is no Congestion Charge:
- Monday to Thursday between 6pm–7am (18:00–07:00)
- Friday 6pm–12pm (18:00–12:00) Saturday
- Saturday 6pm–12pm (18:00–12:00) Sunday
- Sunday 6pm–7am (18:00–07:00) Monday
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 ULEZ zone expanded on 25 October 2021.
The Congestion Charge is £15 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 three days later but the price increases to £17.50.
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 (7am–6pm Monday–Friday, 12pm–6pm Saturday & Sunday).
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 or 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 website 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 £15 on the day, or £17.50 up to three days following the date of travel. Prices increased on 22 June 2020.
Pay via the TfL Pay to Drive in London app
Pay by phone
Call TfL Pay to Drive in London Service on 0343 222 2222 from within the UK, or +44 343 222 2222 from outside the UK. They’re open 8am–8pm 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 on the third 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.
Please note that the speed limit in the Congestion Charge Zone is now 20 miles per hour (32 kmh).
Which postcodes are in the Congestion Charge zone?
- WC1, WC2
- EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4
- SE1 (parts)
- SE11 (parts)
- SW1 (parts)
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. Park outside central London and use the underground, National Rail or buses to travel to central London.
New emissions charge – ULEZ
A £12.50 charge started on 8 April 2019 for driving in central London. This is the Ultra Low Emission Zone Charge (ULEZ)
The ULEZ zone expanded outside the Congestion zone (to the North and South Circular roads) on 25 October 2021.
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 ULEZ zone and payment methods are the same as the Congestion Charge. However:
- the ULEZ charge operates from midnight to midnight (except 25 December).
- You have until midnight, three days after your visit to pay the ULEZ