Pay as you go caps

What is a cap?

A cap limits how much you pay for all your journeys in one day or week.

You can make as many journeys as you like and when all your fares add up to a certain amount, we won't charge you more (your fare is automatically capped). Always touch in and out.

There are different caps for the times of day you travel (peak and off-peak) and the transport you use:

  • Cap for bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail journeys in London
  • Cap for bus and tram journeys

Contactless caps

If you use contactless (card or device), you may get a daily or weekly cap.

You can travel as much as you like in one day and week across all our transport services.

Journeys on TfL Rail to or from Reading or Iver aren't included in caps.

Oyster card caps

If you use an Oyster card, you get a daily cap and can travel as much as you like in one day across all our transport services.

You also get a weekly cap for bus and tram journeys only, so you can travel as much as you like in one week.

Oyster cards aren't accepted on TfL Rail between Reading and Iver.

Cap prices

If you make several rail journeys, or a mixture of rail, bus and tram journeys in one day, daily capping is better value than buying a Day Travelcard in Zones 1-9.

There are peak and off-peak daily caps depending on when you start your journey.

How a cap works

We work out when you've reached a cap because we log every journey you make and keep track of:

You must touch in at start and touch out at the end of every journey, using the same contactless card, device or Oyster card. If you don't you may be charged a maximum fare.

If you use contactless, always use the same card or device. If you don't, we can't cap your fares. For example, if you pay with a mobile device on Monday and a contactless card on Tuesday, these fares won't count towards a weekly cap.

Daily cap

A daily cap is calculated over 24 hours for pay as you go journeys that start at 04:30 and end on 04:29 the next day.

Weekly cap

A weekly cap is calculated for journeys using contactless (card or device) or an Oyster card (bus and tram journeys only), that start on Monday and end on a Sunday.

If you don't travel on these days, for example if your travel starts on Thursday and ends on Wednesday the next week, it may be better value to buy a 7 Day Travelcard.

To get the weekly cap, use the same contactless card or device, or Oyster card from Monday to Sunday.

Off-peak caps at different times

If you travel from a station listed below on a weekday, between the touch in time and 09:30, you're charged a peak pay as you go fare. However, your journey will count towards an off-peak cap.

Station Touch in from
Chalfont & Latimer 09:20
Amersham 09:10
Chesham 09:10
Bushey 09:20
Carpenders Park 09:20
Watford High Street 09:10
Slough (contactless only) 09:20
Maidenhead (contactless only) 09:18
Twyford (contactless only) 09:10

Automatic refunds

If you've been charged more than the cap for one day of travel in Zones 1-6, we'll automatically refund the difference.

We check caps at the end of each week, so you'll receive your refund from the Friday of the following week on your Oyster card when you next touch in.