The Travelcard is a transport pass for London that gives you unlimited travel in London within certain zones. The prices vary according to the number of zones you need to travel through. Central London is in zone 1.
Travelcards are valid for 1 day, 7 days, 1 month or 1 year.
The passes are valid for travel on all types of transport in London including:
- the Underground (the tube)
- the local suburban trains within London
- the Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
- the London Overground
- the buses all over London. A Travelcard for any zone allows you to use the buses in all zones (zones 1-6)
The 3 Day Travelcard, weekend Travelcard, Zone 1-2 & 2-6 One Day Travelcard are no longer available.
Coronavirus/COVID 19: Face coverings are compulsory on public transport in London
See our guide to London’s transport tickets & passes. It will help you decide if the Travelcard is the best pass for your visit.
Single Underground Tickets
Single tickets on the London underground are expensive if you buy them from a tube station ticket machine:
- £5.50 for travel in zone 1 (central London) and between zone 1 and zone 2 or 3
- £6 between zone 1 and zone 6
If you really don’t want to use an Oyster card or don’t have a contactless card, the One Day Travelcard is the next best money-saving pass.
The paper off peak One Day Travelcard for zone 1-6 is £13.90. This might seem expensive, but it’s cheaper than paying the full cash fare for 3 underground trips in central London (3 x £5.50 =£16.50).
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One Day Travelcard prices are different if you travel during peak or off-peak times:
Valid for travel at anytime.
For travel after 9.30am Monday–Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Top Tip: An Off-Peak One Day Travelcard for zones 1–6 costs £9.10 with a Railcard.
Weekly Travelcards: 2021 prices
If you stay in London for 6–7 days and use the underground, trains, and buses every day, the weekly Travelcard is the most cost-effective travel pass.
The one-week pass including central London (zones 1-2) is £37.
- It can start on any day of the week
- It’s valid for travel at anytime; there is no peak or off-peak rate.
Most places sell weekly Travelcards loaded onto a plastic Oyster card. There’s a £5 non-refundable fee for the Oyster card.
If you buy a weekly Travelcard from a train station, you’ll be given a paper version of the Travelcard. There’s no deposit to worry about but they need a passport-sized photo to make you a free photocard.
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See all prices for weekly Travelcards for all other zones (2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Monthly Travelcards: 2021 prices
For longer stays in London, monthly Travelcards are available. You won’t save much compared to buying 4 x weekly Travelcards – but you’ll save time renewing it. Like the weekly Travelcard, it can start on any day of the week and is valid for travel at any time.
See the prices of monthly Travelcards for all other zones (2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
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Where to buy a Travelcard
One day, weekly and monthly Travelcards are available from:
Travelcards are available from all underground station ticket machines (all underground tickets offices are now closed). The busier stations in central London have staff to help you use the machines.
Coronavirus/Covid-19: Most underground station ticket machines are only accepting debit or credit cards, so you cannot buy a Travelcard with cash. Find stations accepting cash.
Local shops and newsagents
Travelcards are also available from Oyster ticket stops. These are newsagents and local shops licensed to sell London transport tickets and Oyster cards. One Day Travelcards are not available from Oyster ticket stops.
London train stations
One day, weekly or monthly ‘paper’ Travelcards are available from all London train stations. Weekly and monthly Travelcards from a train station need a photo card. Just give them a photo of yourself, so they can make one up for you. It doesn’t have to be photo-quality, just passport-sized.
If you buy a Travelcard from a train station, you can claim 2 for 1 discounts at London attractions.
If you buy a weekly or monthly Travelcard from a London Overground station it is issued on an Oyster card. These are not valid for the 2 for 1 deals.
London Transport Visitor Centres
All London Transport Visitor Centres are temporarily closed
London Transport Visitor Centres sell Travelcards at Piccadilly Circus tube station, King’s Cross tube station (near St Pancras train station entrance), Paddington train station, Euston train station, Liverpool St tube station, Victoria train station, Gatwick airport and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 tube station.
How to use a Travelcard
On the Underground
If you have a paper Travelcard, insert the card into the slot on the front of the ticket barrier. The barrier opens when you take the ticket from behind the yellow reader, on the top.
On the Bus
If you have a paper Travelcard, just show it to the driver when boarding the bus.
See How to use an Oyster card if you have a weekly Travelcard on an Oyster card.
Top Tip: Do you want a cheaper way to travel around central London? If you only travel by bus, it costs £4.65 per day or £21.90 per week.
- Guide to London’s transport tickets
- Weekly and monthly Travelcards for zones 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
- Oyster card
- How to use a contactless card to pay for transport
- Bus tickets & passes
- London Transport zones
Last updated: 1 March 2021