When you use pay as you go you only pay for the journeys you make. And because the amount you pay in a day is capped, you could save money compared to using a Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass.
The table shows the minimum savings you could make using pay as you go instead of a 7 Day Travelcard, based on four days of travel.
|Zone||Pay as you go daily anytime cap||7 Day Travelcard||4 x daily anytime cap||Minimum saving using pay as you go for four days of travel|
|Zone 1 only||£6.50||£32.40||£26.00||£6.40|
Fares shown are for peak times and at adult rate.
We have shown potential savings for travel which includes journeys during the busiest times. As 7 Day Travelcards allow travel at any time, if you only travel during the off peak, you could save even more by using pay as you go.
See single fare finder to see how much individual rail journeys cost using pay as you go.
See the rail fares tables to compare the cost of caps and Travelcards.
See two customer examples that compare the cost of using pay as you go and a 7 Day Travelcard.
The table shows how much you could save if you use pay as you go instead of a Day Travelcard.
|Time of travel||Peak travel||Off-peak travel|
|Zone||Pay as you go daily anytime cap||Anytime Day Travelcard||Saving using pay as you go||Pay as you go daily cap||Off-peak Day Travelcard||Saving using pay as you go|
|Zone 1 only||£6.50||£12.10||£5.60||£6.50||£12.10||£5.60|
Fares shown are at adult rate.
See the rail fares tables to compare the cost of daily caps and Day Travelcards.
See a customer example that compares the cost of using pay as you go and a Day Travelcard.
Depending on how many bus journeys you make in a week, you could save money by switching to pay as you go.
|Pay as you go single||Pay as you go daily cap||One Day Bus & Tram Pass||7 Day Bus & Tram Pass|
Fares shown are at adult rate.
See bus and tram fares to compare the cost of pay as you go fares and Bus & Tram Passes.
See a customer example that compares the cost of using pay as you go and a 7 Day Bus & Tram Pass.
If you travel four days or less a week, pay as you go is cheaper than buying a 7 day Travelcard.
This is true for unlimited journeys each day if your travel includes Zone 1. You can use a mixture of bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services where pay as you go is accepted.
Nadiya is coming to London on business. She's flying in to Heathrow then staying in central London for four days. With meetings planned across the city she'll be making multiple journeys by bus and Tube to visit clients.
Nadiya buys a Zone 1-6 7 Day Travelcard for £59.10, knowing that this will cover all the journeys she makes.
Day one: She travels on the Tube from Heathrow in Zone 6 to Zone 1 at 8am. During the day she makes four more journeys on the Tube within Zone 1
Days two and three: She travels on the Tube from Zone 1 to Zone 4 at 8am and back again at 4pm. She also makes four bus journeys each evening
Day four: She makes five Tube journeys in Zone 1 from 10am to 3pm, then travels to Heathrow in Zone 6 on the Tube at 9pm
How much would Nadiya have paid if she had used pay as you go?
Day one: Although the total cost of all the journeys she made totals £14.70, she is only charged £11.80 which is the Zones 1-6 cap
Days two and three: Although the total cost of all the journeys she made totals £13.80, she is only charged £9.30 which is the Zones 1-4 cap
Day four: Although the total cost of all the journeys she made totals £15.10, she is only charged £9.30. This is the Zone 1 only cap of £6.50, plus a £2.80 off-peak single fare to Zone 6
So Nadiya would only have paid £39.70, saving £19.40 compared to the cost of a 7 Day Travelcard, whilst enjoying the flexibility that pay as you go provides.
If you only make two journeys a day on the Tube every weekday, pay as you go is cheaper than buying a 7 Day Travelcard. This is true for travel on Tube, DLR and London Overground in Zones 1-9.
Cynthia lives in Zone 4, works in Zone 1 and commutes by Tube. She has a young family and rarely socialises after work and only occasionally travels into London at weekends. Cynthia likes to ringfence her spending on travel to and from work, so buys a 7 Day Travelcard. This allows her to know exactly what her weekly spend is, while giving her the flexibility to make additional journeys at no extra cost. A Zones 1-4 Travelcard costs £46.10 a week.
How much would Cynthia pay if she used pay as you go?
So Cynthia would save money using pay as you go while giving her some flexibility to make additional journeys on the few occasions she needs to. In addition, she won't pay for any journeys if she needs to take an unexpected day off.
Pay as you go is cheaper than buying a one day ticket. If you make many journeys in a day, the cost of your travel is automatically capped.
This is true for unlimited daily travel in Zones 1 to 9. You can use a mixture of bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services where pay as you go is accepted.
Jonathan is visiting London and plans to make a variety of journeys in one day in Zones 1 and 2. He assumes a Day Travelcard will give him the flexibility to travel as much as he wants and provide the best value.
He plans to make three Tube and two bus journeys. He buys a Day Travelcard and it costs him £12.10, which makes him feel assured in the knowledge that he won't pay any more if he wants to make some extra journeys.
How much would Jonathan have paid if he had used pay as you go?
So, using pay as you go would have been £5.60 cheaper, while providing the same flexibility of a Day Travelcard.
If you make 14 or less journeys a week on buses and/or trams, pay as you go is cheaper than buying a 7 Day Bus & Tram Pass.
This is true for travel on all buses displaying the red roundel, and trams.
Darren works in central London and travels on the number 8 bus to and from his home in Bow and the office each weekday. He also usually works in a central London café most Saturdays and Sundays, so takes the same bus there and back at the weekend. Darren doesn't like using trains so cycles wherever else he needs to go, and buys a 7 Day Bus & Tram Pass for £21.20.
How much would Darren have paid if he had used pay as you go?
Darren knows he never makes more than 14 journeys a week - though sometimes he'll make fewer if he isn't needed at the café at the weekend. 14 pay as you go bus journeys cost £21, so he would make a modest saving of 20p using pay as you go. However, for those weeks when he's not needed at the café, he'll save £3 each day.
If you use pay as you go, you only pay for the journeys you make.
This means you can:
You don't have to plan the cost of your journeys in advance - we'll do all the working out for you.