The cheapest way for children to travel is to use a Zip Oyster photocard - 11 to 15 year olds can travel free on buses and trams and travel at child or half adult rate on all other TfL services and most National Rail services in London.
Find out how to apply for an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard.
If you are visiting London and travelling with children aged 11 to 15 who haven't got a Zip Oyster photocard, you can still benefit from reduced rate travel for them. You can get a discount set on an Oyster or Visitor Oyster card that will allow them to pay as you go at half adult-rate for up to 14 days.
This discount is called the Young Visitor discount and can be set by a member of staff at:
To get the Young Visitor discount you and your child must be together when asking for it to be set.
No proof of age or identity is required, but you might be asked to confirm the child's age. One adult can get the Young Visitor discount set for up to four children.
Young Visitor gives the following discounted travel for up to 14 days:
The cheapest way for children to travel is to use a Zip Oyster photocard.
Children aged 16 or over pay adult fares on all services unless they have a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard.
Find out how to apply for a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard.
If your child is under 11, they can travel free if:
Find out how to apply for a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard.
Under 11s can travel free on London buses and trams at any time unaccompanied by an adult; they do not need an Oyster card or a ticket.
Children with a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard can travel free on most National Rail services where pay as you go is accepted.They are charged child-rate pay as you go fares on:
The map below shows where 5-10 year olds can travel free on National Rail services if they have a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard.
Under 11s can also travel free on the following National Rail services without a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard if they are accompanied by an adult who is using pay as you go, or has a valid ticket (excluding Group Day Travelcards), Freedom Pass or a Oyster photocard (up to four children per adult):
This map shows where 5-10 year olds can travel free on National Rail services.
|Service||If accompanied by an adult||Unaccompanied|
|Bus and tram||Free - no Oyster photocard needed||Free - no Oyster photocard needed|
|Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail||Free - no Oyster photocard needed||Free with a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard|
|Emirates Air Line||Child-rate fares for children aged 5-15 - no Oyster photocard needed||Unable to travel: children must be accompanied by a fare paying adult at all times|
Free - no Oyster photocard needed
|Free with a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard|
|National Rail Blue routes||Free with a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard||Free with a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard|
|Thames Clipper River Bus services||Child-rate fares for children aged 5-15 - no Oyster photocard needed||Unable to travel - children must be accompanied by a fare paying adult at all times|
Children without a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard need to pay a child-rate fare on most National Rail services. They don't need an Oyster photocard to buy child-rate paper single and return tickets or Day Travelcards.
Children aged 5-15 can buy an Off-Peak Zones 1-9 Day Travelcard for £2.30 if the adult travelling with them has a valid:
To buy discounted Day Travelcards for accompanying children, you must:
They are available from Tube, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail stations and Visitor Centres.
For more information, please visit the Railcard website.