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Travelcard or Visitor Oyster card: Which London travel pass should I buy? 

To travel on London's public transport you can either buy a Travelcard or a Visitor Oyster card. 

TravelcardTravelcards are disposable paper tickets for one-time use

You can use them on buses, Tubes, trams, the Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and most National Rail services in London

Visitor Oyster CardA Visitor Oyster card is a plastic card that you can top up and use again and again

You can use it on buses, Tubes, trams, the Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and most National Rail services in London

You can save money on your trip by buying the one that is most suitable for you. Here's how to decide:

Step 1: Decide which 'zones' you need a ticket for

What is a zone?
A zone is a part of London's tube network. Every stop on the tube is in a specific zone, and to travel there you need a ticket covering that zone. For example, Baker Street station is in Zone 1; London Victoria station is in Zone 1; Wimbledon station is in Zone 3.

How to check which zones you need a ticket for

First, check which zone you are staying in

  • To do this, you need the postcode of the hotel or place where you'll be staying. This is at the end of the address and is a code made up of 5-6 letters and numbers
  • You can usually find your hotel's address on their website
  • Once you have the postcode look it up on a map, such as Google maps
  • On the map, look for the nearest symbol. This is the nearest tube station
  • Now you know the nearest tube station, look it up on our London tube map to see which zone it is in. Find the name of the station in the index (on Page 2); the zone number is listed beside it

Now you know which zone you're staying in, consider the other places you want to travel to, such as attractions

  • Most major attractions in London are in zones 1 and 2, including: The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Madame Tussauds, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and The Shard
  • There are also some major attractions beyond zones 1 and 2. If you want to visit them, you'll need a ticket covering the zone they're in as well as the zone your hotel / place you'll be staying is in
  • Major attractions which are outside of zones 1 and 2 include Kew Gardens (Kew Gardens tube station, Zone 4), Hampton Court Palace (Hampton Court rail station, Zone 6), Wembley Stadium (Wembley Park tube station, Zone 4), and Wimbledon (Wimbledon tube station, Zone 3)
  • Heathrow Airport is in Zone 6, so you need a ticket that covers Zone 6 if you plan on travelling to or from Heathrow by tube

Step 2: Decide how many days you need a ticket for

  • If you are travelling around London for more than 4 consecutive days, you may be able to save money with a weekly ticket. Our decision tables will tell you if this is the case.

Step 3: Decide whether you need to travel before 9.30am Monday to Friday

  • It can cost more to travel on London transport before 9.30am on Monday to Friday, so if you don't need to travel during this time you may be able to save money

Once you know these three things, click the relevant link to find the right ticket for you:

I will be travelling on Monday to Friday before 9.30am

I won't be travelling on Monday to Friday before 9.30am

 


 

Which ticket to buy

How to use the table:

Choose the number of days you are staying and the zones you will be travelling in to find the cheapest ticket. For example, if you are staying in London for 4 days and need to travel in zones 1 and 2, you should buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10.

For adults (ages 16+)

Are you also travelling with children (aged 0-15)? Find out which ticket to buy for them.

  1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 8 days
Zones 1-2 + 2 Zone 6 journeys (such as a return journey to Heathrow Airport) Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £17 Buy a £20 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £23 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy a £40 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £43 Buy a £40 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £43 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 + 2 Zones 1-6 single journey tickets for £12. Total cost £44.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 + 2 Zones 1-6 single journey tickets for £12. Total cost £44.10 Buy a £50 Visitor Oyster card. You may need to top up. Total cost £53
Zones 1-2 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £9.60 Buy a £15 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £18 Buy a £20 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £23 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 Buy a 7 Day Zonse 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 + a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £9.60. Total cost £41.70
Zones 1-3 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £12 Buy a £15 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £18 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card.
Total cost £33
Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card.
Total cost £33
Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £37.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £37.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £37.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £37.70 +  a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £12. Total cost £49.70
Zones 1-4 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £12 Buy a £20 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £23 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy a £40 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £43  Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £46.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £46.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £46.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £46.10 + a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £12. Total cost £58.10
Zones 1-5 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £17 Buy a £30 Visitor Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy a £40 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £43 Buy a £50 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £53 Buy a £50 Visitor Oyster card. You may need to top up. Total cost £53 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £54.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £54.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £54.70 + a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £17. Total cost  £71.70
Zones 1-6 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £17 Buy a £30 Visitor Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy a £40 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £43 Buy a £50 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £53 Buy a £50 Visitor Oyster card. You may need to top up. Total cost £53 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £58.60 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £58.60 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for  £58.60 + a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £17. Total cost £75.60

 

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Which ticket to buy for children (aged 11-15) 

Please note that children aged 0-10 do not need their own ticket, as long as they are travelling with an adult who does have a ticket. Just ask a member of staff at the station to let them through the ticket barriers.

  1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 8 days
Zones 1-2 + 2 Zone 6 journeys (such as a return journey to Heathrow Airport) Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £8.50 Buy 2 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £17 Buy 3 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £22.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 + 2 single journey Zones 1-6 tickets for £6. Total cost £22.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 + 2 single journey Zones 1-6 tickets for £6. Total cost £22.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 + 2 single journey Zones 1-6 tickets for £6. Total cost £22.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 + 2 single journey Zones 1-6 tickets for £6. Total cost £22.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 + 1 single journey ticket £3 + 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-2 Travelcards for £4.80. Total cost £23.90
Zones 1-2 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £4.80 Buy 2 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-2 Travelcards for £9.60 Buy 3 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-2 Travelcards for £14.40 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 and a
1 Day Anytime Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £4.80. Total cost £20.90
Zones 1-3 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £6 Buy 2 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcards for £12 Buy 3 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcards for £18 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 and a
1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £6. Total cost £24.90
Zones 1-4 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £6 Buy 2 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcards for £12 Buy 3 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcards for £18 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 and a
1 Day Anytime Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £6. Total cost £29.10
Zones 1-5 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £8.50 Buy 2 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £17 Buy 3 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £25.50 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £27.40 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £27.40 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £27.40 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £27.40 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £27.90 and a
1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £8.50. Total cost £36.40
Zones 1-6 Buy a 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £8.50 Buy 2 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £17 Buy 3 1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £25.50 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £29.30 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £29.30 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £29.30 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £29.30 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £29.30 and a
1 Day Anytime Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £8.50. Total cost £37.90

 

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Which ticket to buy

How to use the table:

Choose the number of days you are staying and the zones you will be travelling in to find the cheapest ticket. For example, if you are staying in London for 4 days and need to travel in zones 1 and 2, you should buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10.

For adults (ages 16+)

Are you also travelling with children (aged 0-15)? Find out which ticket to buy for them.

  1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 8 days
Zones 1-2 + 2 Zone 6 journeys (such as a return journey to Heathrow Airport) Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak 1-6 Travelcard for £12 Buy a £20 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £23 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy a £40 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £43 Buy a £40 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £43 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 + 2 Zones 1-6 single journey tickets for £12. Total cost £44.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 + 2 Zones 1-6 single journey tickets for £12. Total cost £44.10 Buy a £50 Visitor Oyster card. You may need to top up. Total cost £53
Zones 1-2 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak 1-6 Travelcard for £12 Buy a £15 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £18 Buy a £20 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £23 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £32.10 + a 1 Day Peak Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £9.60. Total cost £41.70
Zones 1-3 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak 1-6 Travelcard for £12 Buy a £15 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £18 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £37.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £37.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £37.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £37.70 + a 1 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £12. Total cost £49.70
Zones 1-4 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak 1-6 Travelcard for £12 Buy a £20 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £23 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy a £40 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £43 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £46.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £46.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £46.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £46.10 + a 1 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £12. Total cost £58.10
Zones 1-5 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak 1-6 Travelcard for £12 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card. Total cost £33 Buy 4 1 Day Zone 1-6 Off-Peak Travelcards. Total cost £48 Buy a £50 Visitor Oyster card.You may need to top up. Total cost £53 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £54.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £54.70 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £54.70 + a 1 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £17. Total cost £71.70
Zones 1-6 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak 1-6 Travelcard for £12 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card.Total cost £33 Buy a £30 Visitor Oyster card.Total cost £33 Buy 4 1 Day Zone 1-6 Off-Peak Travelcards. Total cost £48 Buy a £50 Visitor Oyster card. You may need to top up. Total cost £53 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £58.60 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £58.60 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £58.60 + a 1 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £12. Total cost £70.60

 

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Which ticket to buy for children (aged 11-15) 

Please note that children aged 0-10 do not need their own ticket, as long as they are travelling with an adult who does have a ticket. Just ask a member of staff at the station to let them through the ticket barriers.

  1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 8 days
Zones 1-2 + 2 Zone 6 journeys (such as a return journey to Heathrow Airport) Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £6 Buy 2 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £12 Buy 3 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £18 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 and 2 single Zones 1-6 tickets for £6. Total cost £22.10  Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 and 2 single Zones 1-6 tickets for £6. Total cost £22.10  Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 and 2 single Zones 1-6 tickets for £6. Total cost £22.10  Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 and 2 single Zones 1-6 tickets for £6. Total cost £22.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 + a 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £6 + a single Zones 1-6 tickets for £3. Total cost £25.10
Zones 1-2 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £6 Buy 2 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £12 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-2 Travelcard for £16.10 + a 1 Day Zones 1-6 Off-Peak Travelcard for £6. Total cost £22.10
Zones 1-3 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £6 Buy 2 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £12 Buy 3 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £18 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard for £18.90 + a 1 Day Zones 1-6 Off-Peak Travelcard for £6. Total cost £24.90
Zones 1-4 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £6 Buy 2 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £12 Buy 3 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £18 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-4 Travelcard for £23.10 + a 1 Day Zones 1-6 Off-Peak Travelcard for £6. Total cost £29.10
Zones 1-5 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £6 Buy 2 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £12 Buy 3 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £18 Buy 4 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £24 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £27.40 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £27.40 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £27.40 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-5 Travelcard for £27.40 + a 1 Day Zones 1-6 Off-Peak Travelcard for £6. Total cost £33.40
Zones 1-6 Buy a 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £6 Buy 2 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £12 Buy 3 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £18 Buy 4 1 Day Off-Peak Zones 1-6 Travelcards for £24 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £29.30 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £29.30 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £29.30 Buy a 7 Day Zones 1-6 Travelcard for £29.30 + a 1 Day Zones 1-6 Off-Peak Travelcard for £6. Total cost  £35.30

 

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