Your journey time

We set maximum times for all pay as you go journeys on the Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services.

If you spend longer than the maximum journey time, you could be charged a maximum fare:

  • up to £10.20 in Zones 1-9
  • up to £25 if travelling to Heathrow on Heathrow Express
  • up to £19.80 outside of London zones

Pay the right fare

To pay the right fare, always touch in at the start of your journey and touch out at the end on yellow card readers.

Maximum times

Every journey has its own maximum journey time, whatever route you take. This depends on the number of zones you cross, the day of the week and the time you're travelling.

Travelling within Zones 1-4

Zones Monday to Friday 04:30 - 19:00
Monday to Friday, after 19:00 & all day Saturday
Sunday
In Zone 1, 2 and 2-3
1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 40 minutes 1 hour 50 minutes
In Zones 1-2
1 hour 40 minutes 1 hour 50 minutes 2 hours
In Zones 1-3
1 hour 50 minutes 2 hours 5 minutes 2 hours 15 minutes
In Zones 1-4 (for journeys across up to five zones within Zones 1-4)
1 hour 50 minutes 2 hours 5 minutes 2 hours 15 minutes

Travelling across all zones

Zones
Monday to Friday 04:30 - 19:00
Monday to Friday, after 19:00 Friday and all day Saturday
Sunday
1 zone
1 hour 10 minutes 1 hour 20 minutes 1 hour 25 minutes
Across 2 zones
1 hour 20 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 40 minutes
Across 3 zones
1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 40 minutes 1 hour 50 minutes
Across 4 zones
1 hour 40 minutes 1 hour 50 minutes 2 hours
Across 5 zones
1 hour 50 minutes 2 hours 5 minutes 2 hours 15 minutes
Across 6 zones
2 hours 2 hours 15 minutes 2 hours 25 minutes
Across 7 zones
2 hours 10 minutes 2 hours 25 minutes 2 hours 40 minutes
Across 8 zones
2 hours 20 minutes 2 hours 35 minutes 2 hours 50 minutes
Across 9 zones 2 hours 30 minutes 2 hours 45 minutes 3 hours
Across 10 zones 2 hours 40 minutes 3 hours 3 hours 15 minutes
Across 11 zones 2 hours 50 minutes 3 hours 10 minutes 3 hours 25 minutes
Across 12 zones 3 hours 3 hours 20 minutes 3 hours 40 minutes
Across 13 zones 3 hours 10 minutes 3 hours 30 minutes 3 hours 50 minutes
Across 14 zones 3 hours 20 minutes 3 hours 40 minutes 4 hours
Across 15 zones 3 hours 30 minutes 3 hours 55 minutes 4 hours 15 minutes
Across 16 zones 3 hours 40 minutes 4 hours 5 minutes 4 hours 25 minutes
Across 17 zones 3 hours 50 minutes 4 hours 15 minutes 4 hours 40 minutes
Across 18 zones 4 hours 4 hours 25 minutes 4 hours 50 minutes
Across 19 zones 4 hours 10 minutes 4 hours 35 minutes 5 hours
Across 20 zones 4 hours 20 minutes 4 hours 50 minutes 5 hours 15 minutes

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