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What is the London Fare Zones area?

London is divided into 6 main fare zones, with zone 1 being the ‘Central’ zone and zones 2 to 6 forming rings around it. These are the same zones that are used for Oyster and all London Travelcards.

Details of the stations included in each fare zone are shown on the attached map.

PDF_Icon_Small London Zones Map (305kb)

Oyster Single, Anytime Day Single and Anytime Day Return fares wholly within London Zones 1-6 are priced by zones - just like the London Underground.

Note: Tickets will still be sold from station A to station B rather than between zones eg East Croydon (zone 5) to Clapham Junction (zone 2) will be the same fare as Sutton (zone 5) to Battersea Park (zone 2).

When purchasing Single and Return tickets, you will pay for travel in the zones in which your journey starts and to where it ends. Fares will be based on the most appropriate route which is not necessarily the shortest. It will also be for any zones you travel through, however you will only be charged once for each zone.

Railcard and GroupSave discounts

Certain railcards can be used to get up to 34% discount on journeys within London zones 1-6. However, in some cases minimum fare and time of day restrictions apply.The Terms and Conditions of the individual railcards explain when discounted tickets can be purchased and any minimum fares that might apply.

GroupSave discount can also be applied to these London zonal fares, where 3 or 4 travel for the price of 2. Fares will be based on the most appropriate route, not necessarily the shortest, after 09:30 Monday to Friday and anytime at weekends and public holidays.

Which Train Operating Companies offer zonal fares in London Zones 1-6 scheme?

  • Chiltern Railways, c2c, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, National Express East Anglia, London Overground, London Midland, Southern, Southeastern, South West Trains

London zonal fares are NOT available on Heathrow Express. They are, however, available on Heathrow Connect only between London Paddington and Hayes and Harlington, and intermediate stations.

Season tickets on Southern routes in London Zones 1-6 are also priced by zone, Season ticket fares for other Train companies may differ.