Under 18 travel

Generally, the cheapest way for children to travel is by using a Zip Oyster photocard.

With a Zip Oyster photocard:

  • 16 and 17 year olds can travel at half adult-rate on all TfL services and most National Rail services in London. If they live in London they may be eligible to travel free on buses and trams
  • 11-15 year olds can travel free on buses and trams and travel at half adult-rate on all other TfL services and most National Rail services in London
  • 5-10 year olds can travel free on all TfL and most National Rail services in London

Find out more and how to apply for a Zip Oyster photocard.

If you live in the UK, please allow a week for your application to be processed.

If you live outside the UK, you need to apply at least 4 weeks before you arrive in London.

Children under 11 can travel free on buses and trams without needing a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard unless they look older than 10.


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