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What kind of tickets are available?


As a visitor to London you have two options for tickets for the London Underground. These are Travel Cards and Oyster Cards. Read on for the benefits of each type of ticket and follow the links to purchase your tickets in advance.
































Visitor Oyster card Travelcard
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Tube,
DLR
and London Overground - yes
Tube,
DLR
and London Overground - yes
Bus - yes Bus - yes

(Any service within Greater London regardless of the

zone(s) the Travelcard covers)
Trams - yes Trams - yes

(If your Travelcard includes Zone 3, 4, 5 or 6.)

National Rail services in London - yes

(Excluding Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow, on Heathrow Express and on Southeastern High speed services between St Pancras International and Stratford International)


National Rail services in London -
yes


(Excluding Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow, on Heathrow Express and on Southeastern High speed services between St Pancras International and Stratford International)

Riverboat - yes

Get 10 per cent off single tickets on Thames Clippers services.


Use your pay as you go credit to purchase a paper ticket.


Scheduled Riverboat services at 1/3 off -
yes


(Show your Travelcard at the time of travel)




When can I use it?













Visitor Oyster card Travelcard
At any time - you are automatically charged a Peak or Off-peak fare.

  • Peak Oyster single fares apply from 06:30 to 09:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday
  • Off-Peak Oyster single fares apply at all other times

You have two options for Day Travelcard:

  • Anytime - Can be used all day on the day of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 the following day.
  • Off-Peak - Can be used from 09:30 Mondays to Fridays, all day Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, on the day of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 on the following day.
  • 7-Day Travelcards are available in Anytime option only.





Who can use it?

















Visitor Oyster card Travelcard
Adults - yes Adults - yes
(Accompanied under 11's travel free on Tube, DLR and London Overground services.) Children - yes

(Accompanied under 11's travel free on Tube, DLR and London Overground services.)




How much does it cost?













Visitor Oyster card Travelcard
Sample single Tube journey prices


  • Zones 1 to 2 Oyster 2.40 peak, 1.90 off-peak, Cash fare 4.00
  • Zones 1 to 6 - Oyster 4.50 (peak) 2.70 (off-peak), Cash fare 5.00

Multiple journeys within the same zone(s) are capped at the equivalent Day Travelcard rate.



  • Zones 1 - 2 adult Day off-peak Travelcard: 6.60
  • Zones 1 - 6 child Day off-peak Travelcard: 3.00
  • Zones 1 - 6 adult 7 Day Travelcard: 50.40
  • Zones 1 - 6 child 7 Day Travelcard: 25.20





Who should buy it?

















Visitor Oyster card Travelcard
Usually the best choice if:

  • You're making many journeys in a small area
  • You're only making a few journeys or not travelling every day in London
  • You're travelling to Zones 7, 8 or 9

Usually the best choice for:

  • Under-16s unless they get an Oyster photocard.

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