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, as well as the underground or buses, 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.
If your stay in London is for a week or longer and you need to use the train to travel to central London, but don’t need to use the bus or underground at the start or end of your journey, then a Season ticket is cheaper than a Travelcard.
Season tickets are available from the train station ticket office. You need a passport-sized photograph, so they can make a photocard. If you already have a photocard, you might be able to buy a seven-day season ticket from a ticket machine in the station.
Check the Season Ticket calculator to find the cost.
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.
Luton airport is outside London’s transport zone area. Travelcards and Pay as you go Oyster cards are not valid on trains to these airports. However, you can use a contactless bank or credit card to pay for the train to/from Luton Parkway, and again on the connecting bus to/from the airport.
Travelcards, Pay as you go Oyster cards or contactless cards are not valid on trains to/from Stansted airport
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: 14 December 2020