The amount of time you can spend making a single rail journey, is limited when you use pay as you go. If you spend longer, you could be charged a maximum fare.

Every journey has its own maximum journey time, regardless of the route taken. This is linked to the day of the week, the time of day you're travelling and the number of zone boundaries crossed.

This table shows the general rules applied for maximum journey times, displayed in minutes.

Zones 1, 2, 2-3, 1-2, 1-3 and 1-4

Zones

Monday to Friday
04:30-19:00

Monday to Friday, after
1900 & all day Saturday

Sunday

In Zone 1, 2 and 2-3
90 100 110
In Zone 1-2
100 110 120
In Zone 1-3
110 125 135
In Zone 1-4*
110 125 135

* These apply for journeys across up to five zones within Zones 1-4.

For journeys across six or seven zones within Zones 1-4, the 'Across 6 zones' or 'Across 7 zones' maximum journey times below apply.

All other journeys

Zones

Monday to Friday
04:30-19:00
Monday to Friday, after 19:00 Friday
& all day Saturday
Sunday

Within 1 zone
70
80 85
Across 2 zones
80
90 100
Across 3 zones 90
100 110
Across 4 zones 100
110 120
Across 5 zones 110
125 135
Across 6 zones 120
135 145
Across 7 zones 130
145 160
Across 8 zones 140
155 170
Across 9 zones 150
165 180
Across 10 zones 160
180 195
Across 11 zones 170
190 205
Across 12 zones 180
200 220
Across 13 zones 190
210 230
Across 14 zones 200
220 240
Across 15 zones 210
235 255
Across 16 zones 220
245 265
Across 17 zones 230
255 280
Across 18 zones 240
265 290
Across 19 zones 250
275 300
Across 20 zones 260
290 315

Zones

The times vary between 70 minutes (travelling in one zone outside Zones 1 or 2 on Monday-Friday, between 04:30 and 19:00) and 315 minutes (travelling across 20 zones, for example Amersham to Shenfield on a Sunday or Bank Holiday).

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