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 get a daily and weekly cap.

You can travel as much as you like in one day and week.

Oyster card caps

If you use an Oyster card, you get a daily cap.

You can travel as much as you like in one day.

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.

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:

  • Zones you've travelled through
  • The time you touch in on each journey
  • All fares you pay

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), 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 from Monday to Sunday.

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.