Caps are a feature of pay as you go that allow you to travel as much as you like in one day or over a week, while limiting the amount you pay.

Daily caps:Apply to journeys made using contactless or Oyster
Weekly caps:Apply to journeys made using contactless only
Weekly caps are calculated for journeys made from Monday to Sunday.

How caps work
For all the journeys you make, the system automatically keeps a running total of:
•All the zones you travel through
•The time you touch in on each journey (this determines both the fare and the daily cap)
•All fares paid in a single day (journeys started between 04:30 and 04:29 the next day)
•All fares paid and daily caps reached between each Monday and the following Sunday (weekly caps, contactless only)

When the total cost of all your journeys reaches a cap, we won't charge you any more for journeys you make in the same zones for the rest of the day/week.

Caps are priced depending on which zones you travel through and which transport services you use:

  • All services; if your journeys include travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail or National Rail services
  • Bus & Tram: if you only use buses and trams
    Journeys on Southeastern high speed, Gatwick Express, Emirates Air Line and River Bus services do not count towards caps.

The caps are listed in our fares tables.

Daily caps

Daily caps apply to journeys made using contactless or Oyster.

When you use pay as you go, we cap the total cost of your journeys each day. This means that in Zones 1-9, using pay as you go is always better value than buying the equivalent Day Travelcard.

Caps compared to Travelcards

You must touch in and out on a yellow card reader for every journey (touch in only on buses and trams) using the same contactless or Oyster card to benefit from daily caps. Maximum fares charged for incomplete journeys do not count towards caps.
All daily caps are listed in our fares tables.
Daily cap on buses and trams
The adult-rate daily cap for bus and tram travel only is £4.50. This means you'll never pay more than £4.50 in one day if you only use buses and trams.

Weekly caps

Weekly caps only apply to journeys made using contactless.

If you make multiple journeys in a single week ending on a Sunday using the same contactless card, your fares will be capped.

Weekly caps are calculated by totalling the journeys you make in a week, ending on a Sunday. If you travel for a single week starting from (for example) Thursday to the following Wednesday, you may be better off buying a 7 Day Travelcard.

To benefit from weekly caps, you must:

  • Use the same contactless card for every journey, all week
  • Make sure to touch in on the yellow card reader at the start of each journey and touch out at the end of all rail journeys
  • Start using your contactless card, mobile phone or other contactless device on a Monday for maximum benefit. Although you can buy a 7 Day Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass to start on any day of the week, weekly capping always calculates your week of travel ending on a Sunday

If you reach a weekly cap, you will not be charged for any subsequent journeys made with that card, within the zones of the cap, until 04:30 the next Monday, provided you continue to touch in and touch out as necessary.

All weekly caps are listed in our fares tables.
Weekly cap on buses and trams
The adult-rate weekly cap for bus and tram travel only is £21.20. This means you'll never pay more than £21.20 in a week, travelling from Monday to Sunday, if you only use buses and trams.

Card expiry

If your card is due to expire, and you have been issued with a new card, do not start using the replacement card until a Monday if you want to benefit from weekly capping. You cannot transfer journeys made from one card to a replacement to reach a cap.

If you have a contactless and Oyster account, we will send emails to remind you when your card is due to expire. We will do this 14 and 3 days before the expiry date, with a final reminder on the day the card expires.

Off-peak caps at stations north of Headstone Lane and Chorleywood
Off-peak caps apply from different times on journeys that start at some stations north of Headstone Lane and Chorleywood.
If you travel from a station north of Chorleywood or Headstone Lane on a weekday after the times below, you'll be charged a peak pay as you go fare, but your journey will count towards an off-peak cap.
North of Headstone Lane
Station Touch in times
BusheyAfter 09:20
Carpenders ParkAfter 09:20
Watford High StreetAfter 09:10
North of Chorleywood
Station Touch in times
CheshamAfter 09:10
AmershamAfter 09:10
Chalfont & LatimerAfter 09:20