Maximum journey times

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.

Maximum journey times

The table below shows the general rules applied for maximum journey times. These are shown in minutes.


Mon to Fri
04:30-19:00
Mon to Fri after 19:00
Fri & all day Sat
Sun
In Zone 1, 2 and 2-3 90 100 110
In Zone 1-2 100 110 120
In Zone 1-3110 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


Mon to Fri
04:30-19:00
Mon to Fri after 19:00
Fri & all day Sat 
Sun
Within 1 zone 70 80 85
Across 2 zones 80 90 100
Across 3 zones90 100 110
Across 4 zones100
110
120
Across 5 zones 110 125 135
Across 6 zones120 135 145
Across 7 zones130 145
160
Across 8 zones140 155 170
Across 9 zones150 165 180
Across 10 zones160   
180   
195
Across 11 zones170 190 205
Across 12 zones180 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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