Paper tickets

Day Travelcard

These allow you to travel as much as you like, as often as you like, for a day. You can use them on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services within London.

You can buy Day Travelcards for the following zones:

  • Zones 1-4*
  • Zones 1-6*
  • Zones 1-9
  • Zones 1-9 including Watford Junction

*Only Anytime Day Travelcards are available for these zones.

Depending on the time of day you want to travel, different types of Travelcard are available:

  • Anytime Day Travelcards - these can be used for the whole day (using the date printed on the ticket), and for journeys starting before 04:30 the following day
  • Off-peak Day Travelcards are valid from 09:30 on the day of travel (using the date printed on the card), and for journeys starting before 04:30 the following day

Your Travelcard must cover all zones you travel through. If it doesn't, you could be charged a penalty fare.

If you've got a Travelcard, you can get a third off the normal Riverboat fare on some services and discounted Boarding Pass fares on the Emirates Air Line.

Day Travelcards aren't available on Oyster. However, daily capping is better value than buying a Day Travelcard. Find out more about daily capping.

On Friday and Saturday nights between 00:00 and 04:30, when Night Tube services run, ticket machines will not sell Day Travelcards.

See where you can buy Day Travelcards.

You can also buy Day Travelcards in advance from the Visitor Shop.

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One Day Bus & Tram Pass

A One Day Bus & Tram Pass allows you to travel as often as you like for the day it's valid on bus and tram services in London displaying this sign:

A One Day Bus & Tram Pass is available as a single use Oyster card from Oyster Ticket Stops and Visitor Centres, and as a paper ticket from Tube, DLR, London Overground and some National Rail ticket machines.

One Day Bus & Tram Passes can't be bought in advance. They can only be bought on the day of travel.

See where you can buy Bus & Tram Passes.

Pay as you go with capping is always better value than buying a One Day Bus & Tram Pass.

Single and return tickets

You can buy single and return tickets for travel on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services from ticket machines.

You can't use cash to pay for your fare when you board a bus, or from a roadside ticket machine. Instead of cash you can use an Oyster or contactless payment card to pay as you go. Find out about cash free buses.

For journeys on TfL services, single and return tickets are more expensive than pay as you go fares.

Group Day Travelcards

A Group Day Travelcard is a paper ticket that allows you, as part of a group of 10 people or more, to travel as much as you like from 09:30 Monday to Friday and anytime on weekends and public holidays.

Group Day Travelcards can be used on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services.

You have to be travelling in a group of 10 or more at all times when using a Group Day Travelcard. Group Day Travelcards are available for the following zones:

  • 1-6
  • 1-9

You can buy Group Day Travelcards at Tube station ticket machines.

If you're visiting London, you can also buy Group Day Travelcards online in advance from the Visitor Shop (zones 1-6 only).

Paper season tickets and photocards

You can buy a paper season ticket that covers your travel within the London fare zones and to some National Rail stations outside London - at some Tube, London Overground and TfL Rail stations.

You will need a photocard, which will be issued at the ticket office when you buy your ticket. You will need to provide your name and a passport sized photo.

The photo must be a true likeness with your full face visible. You must have nothing covering your head unless it is worn consistently for medical or religious reasons.

We will add the photocard number to your season ticket. The season ticket is only valid for travel when shown with the accompanying photocard.

On the back of your paper season ticket there is space to write your name and address. You might like to complete this as it will make it easier to contact you if it's lost and found.

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