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Where you can use Travelcards

Buses and Trams

Travelcards are valid on all buses that display this sign.

Travelcards which are valid in Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6 can be used on all tram services.

Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail

You can buy Travelcards on Oyster, for travel across Zones 1-9.

You should check that your Travelcard is valid for all the zones you travel through. Some journeys are defined as requiring travel via Zone 1, no matter which actual route you take.

If your Travelcard does not cover your whole journey, you will be charged an extension fare which is taken from your pay as you go balance. If your balance is negative, you may need to top up your Oyster card before you travel again, even if you have a valid Travelcard.

National Rail

Travelcards on Oyster can be used on most National Rail services in Zones 1-9 and outside London to Watford Junction, Broxbourne, Hertford East, Ware, St Margarets, Rye House and Shenfield.

They are not valid on:

  • Heathrow Express
  • Southeastern high speed services between St Pancras International and Stratford International

Some Travelcards from other stations outside London are available as paper tickets from National Rail and some London Overground and TfL Rail stations.

Emirates Air Line

You can get discounted fares on the Emirates Air Line cable car with a Travelcard.

River services

You can get a third off the normal River Boat fare on some services.

See where you can buy Travelcards.

How long Travelcards are valid

Travelcards are available for:

  • A day (paper ticket only)
  • 7 days (on Oyster)
  • Monthly (on Oyster)
  • Odd period (on Oyster)
  • Annual (on Oyster)

Day Travelcards

Day Travelcards are issued as paper tickets and allow unlimited travel in a single day within the zones it is valid for.

Depending on the time of day of travel, different types of Day Travelcard are available:

  • Anytime Day Travelcards - 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 (Mondays to Fridays) or at anytime on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank holidays on the day of travel (using the date printed on the ticket), and for journeys starting before 04:30 the following day

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.

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

Travelcard Season tickets

Travelcard season tickets are available for 7 days, one month or for any longer period up to one year. They:

Are generally issued on Oyster cards except when bought from a National Rail station

  • Can start on any day of the week
  • Can be used at any time of day during the period of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 on the day after the expiry date

See the prices of Travelcards for travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in Zones 1-9.

See the prices of Travelcards and caps for travel on National Rail services outside Zones 1-9.

Annual Travelcards come with a Gold Card which gives you additional discounts and benefits.