Maximum journey times

The amount of time you can spend making a single journey on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail or National Rail services in London, is limited when you use Oyster to pay as you go. If you spend longer, you could be charged two maximum fares.  This can be up to £8.80 for each incomplete journey.

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.

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

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

 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 1-3
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

 Mon to Fri
04:30-19:00
Mon to Fri, after 19:00 Fri
& all day Sat
Sun

Within 1 zone
70
8085
Across 2 zones
80
90100
Across 3 zones90
100110
Across 4 zones100
110120
Across 5 zones110
125135
Across 6 zones120
135145
Across 7 zones130
145160
Across 8 zones140
155170
Across 9 zones150
165180
Across 10 zones160
180195
Across 11 zones170
190205
Across 12 zones180
200220
Across 13 zones190
210230
Across 14 zones200
220240
Across 15 zones210
235255
Across 16 zones220
245265
Across 17 zones230
255280
Across 18 zones240
265290
Across 19 zones250
275300
Across 20 zones260
290315

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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