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London Underground Tickets & Travelcards

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.

First time visitor to London? See our guide to London’s transport tickets & passes.

Single Underground Tickets

Single tickets on the London underground are expensive if you buy them from a tube station ticket machine:

One Day Travelcards: 2022 prices

The Pay as you go Oyster card or a contactless card are the cheapest ways to pay for travel if you’re in London for 1-5 days. (the daily cap is £7.70 per day for zones 1-2)

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 £14.40. This might seem expensive, but it’s cheaper than paying the full cash fare for 3 underground trips in central London (3 x £6.30=£18.90).

One Day Travelcards
Transport Zones Off Peak Anytime
Zones 1–4 n/a £14.40
Zones 1–6 £14.40 £20.30
Zones 1–9 £15.30 £25.70

Peak v Anytime Travelcards

One Day Travelcard prices are different if you travel during peak or off-peak times:

Anytime Travelcard

Valid for travel at anytime.

Off-Peak Travelcard

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 £9.50 with a Railcard.

Weekly Travelcards: 2022 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 £38.40.

  • 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.

From Monday 27 September 2021, your fare on an Oyster card will automatically cap at the weekly Travelcard fare (this is already available on  contactless cards). The cap starts on Monday and ends Sunday, so it mainly benefits Londoners or those working in London.

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.

Weekly Travelcards
Zones 1–2 £38.40
Zones 1–3 £45.20
Zones 1–4 £55.20
Zones 1–5 £65.70
Zones 1–6 £70.30
Zones 1–7 £76.50
Zones 1–8 £90.30
Zones 1–9 £100.20

Monthly Travelcards: 2022 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)

Monthly Travelcards
Zones 1–2 £147.50
Zones 1–3 £173.60
Zones 1–4 £212.00
Zones 1–5 £252.30
Zones 1–6 £270.00
Zones 1–7 £293.80
Zones 1–8 £346.80
Zones 1–9 £384.80

Where to buy Travelcards

One day, weekly and monthly Travelcards are available from:

Underground stations

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.

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

Most London Transport Visitor Centres are now closed Victoria, Kings Cross/St Pancras International & Piccadilly Circus are open on certain days 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 £4.95 per day or £23.30 per week.

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Last updated: 1 March 2022