Guide to filming or taking photos on the TfL network
Cost to film on TfL locations
Unless indicated, all prices are exclusive of VAT and staff costs. The number and type of staff required will depend on the request itself.
Location permit - please note that numbers of crew and cast will be determined by the choice of station/s
- Crew size 1-10 people: £800 an hour
- Crew size 10-20 people: £1,000 an hour
- Use of an exclusive area from £2,000 per hour
Filming on a train in service
- Filming on a train in service is possible, however numbers of crew and cast will have to be limited and only lightweight, handheld equipment will be permitted
Use of exclusive area, with or without a train
- Rates start from £2,000 per hour (not including staff costs)
Emirates Air Line
- From £500 an hour plus VAT per cable car (approximately three return trips an hour)
Zone 4 onwards
- There is an additional flat cost of £600 if filming in Zone 4 and beyond
Evening and weekends
- Requests for evenings and weekends do not include staff costs
Filming at short notice
- A late notice fee of £600 plus VAT will be charged for applications made within 3 weeks of the date you want to start filming if we are able to accommodate the request
Last minute changes to your booking
- A £300 admin fee will be charged for changes to an existing booking requested within five days of filming
We protect our brand and charge for its use. Find out how to apply to use our intellectual property on the Brand licensing page.
How to pay
- Payment for all permits must be made either in advance or on the day. We accept BACS transfer
Access times to film or photograph
We only permit filming and photography during off-peak periods:
- Monday to Friday: 10:00-15:30 and 20:00-23:30
- Weekends: generally any time of day (depending on location)
Filming through the night
We don't recommend that you film or photograph when locations are closed at night because this is when essential engineering work is carried out. However, it may be possible if you give advance notice and if there are no planned works at the location you want to use.
Filming at weekends
You can generally film at any time of the day (depending on location). This will incur additional staff costs.
Adequate lead time is expected when applying to film on TfL. We generally require a minimum of 3 weeks notice. Occasionally this can be turned around faster, depending on the nature of the request.
What you will need
You must have a current policy of insurance, providing cover for death and personal injury to any person and loss of, or damage to, any property. Your public liability insurance must be for at least £10M GBP and must be in the name of the company who is actually undertaking the filming.
You will need to have your script or layout approved by the TfL Film Office before a permit is granted.
Permits will generally not be considered if a script or layout breaches or contradicts TfL byelaws or marketing campaigns or contains any of our filming restrictions.
London Underground (LU) can refuse a permit application without providing specific reasons, but we will normally offer advice on how you can bring your script or layout into line with its restrictions.
You can send us a synopsis or storyline before submitting your full permit application.
We do not permit flash photography or additional lighting unless you are using an exclusive area. In some cases they may be used - the TfL Film Office and operational staff can advise you on this.
Tripods are only authorised at the discretion of operational staff and are not allowed on station platforms or near escalators for safety reasons.
In accordance with TfL regulations, the following activities are not allowed to be filmed or photographed:
- Vandalism or graffiti
- Assaults on passengers or staff
- Fare evasion or ticket touting
- Use of firearms or weapons
- Drinking or carrying open containers of alcohol
- Misuse of escalators or LU property
- Unlicensed busking
- Smoking or the use of illegal drugs
- Behaving in an overtly sexual or indecent manner (including nudity)
- Direct threats (including terrorist) to LU, its staff or passengers
- Anything that may negatively affect the interests of the site owner
We can refuse permit applications which include activities which breach or contradict TfL regulations and marketing campaigns.
Exclusive access areas
We have areas where you can have exclusive access to film: Aldwych, Bank (at the weekends) with a Waterloo & City Line train and Charing Cross.
Charges for exclusive areas currently are from £2,000 per hour (plus VAT) for the station or £3,000 per hour (plus VAT) with the additional use of your own train. Staff costs are not included.
Exclusive areas can include:
- Closed or separated areas from the public
- Your own train
- Use of station platforms
- Working escalators
Equipment, lighting, or props etc over 1.8 metres long or 25kgs in weight requires special movement arrangements for the escalators and cannot be done in an operational environment.
Electrical supply access
We ask film crews to use battery-operated equipment wherever possible.
LU operates on a different voltage system to the standard domestic set-up and connections to our power supply must be supervised by an LU electrician. This is a chargeable resource - if required please contact us for the current rate.
If you want to use our power supply, we'll need advance notice so we can provide an electrician. You will be charged for their attendance on the day and for any pre-shoot meetings they attend.
The use of petrol or diesel generators is absolutely prohibited at LU, LO and DLR stations and trains.
Advertising campaign that will be run on TfL
If your application involves an advertising campaign, please contact TfL's advertising contractor Global Media for information on copy approval. It is your responsibility to make sure film or photographic content does not breach copyright or other intellectual property rights.
Filming in a driver's cab
Unfortunately we are unable to allow access to the driver operator cabs of any train. Filming in the cab of a specially chartered train is of course possible.
Private photographers/filming travelling through the station
We get many requests from individuals like train enthusiasts, photographers and customers 'passing through' a station who may want to take photographs or film for their own personal use. We agree that this is acceptable, at the station's discretion, as long as additional camera equipment (including flash and tripods) is not used.
However, images clearly promoting the London Underground brand/logos must not be published or broadcast without our permission ahead of time. Also, people filming or taking photographs for their own purposes on TfL's network are responsible for ensuring they comply with the requirements of privacy and data protection legislation.