London has a huge train network which covers a much larger area than the underground. The Pay as you go Oyster card, contactless cards and One Day Weekly, Monthly Travelcards 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.
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:
- Use a Pay as you go Oyster card or a contactless card and the daily cap will apply. This is the maximum amount deducted for one day travel in London.
- 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.
If you’re staying longer, monthly Travelcards are available.
London airport trains
Travelcards and Pay as you go Oyster cards are not valid on the Heathrow Express train or between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow on the Heathrow Connect train.
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.
- Visitors guide to London transport tickets & passes
- Getting around London by train
- Oyster cards
- Contactless cards
- London Transport zones
Last updated: 2 January 2018