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Young persons travel

Oyster Photocard

Zip is the name for the Oyster photocards, which allows young people to travel on London transport. The cards that are available are as follows:

  • 5-10 year olds
  • 11-15 year olds
  • 16+ Half rate travel
  • 16+ Oyster photocards

5-10 Oyster photocard

All 5-10 year olds can apply for a 5-10 Oyster photocard.

This card entitles the holder to travel free on buses, trams, Tube, DLR and London Overground services at any time. If they are travelling unaccompanied on Tube, DLR and London Overground services, 5 -10 year olds will have to pay the half-adult fare.

11-15 Oyster photocard

All 11-15 year olds can apply for a 11-15 Oyster photocard.

This card entitles the holder to travel free on buses and trams and at a child-rate on Tube, DLR and London Overground services. 11-15 Oyster photocard holders can also buy child-rate 7 Day, monthly or longer-period Travelcards.

16+ Oyster Photocard

All 16 and 17 year olds and some 18 year olds can apply for a 16+ Oyster Photocard.

It will allow holders to buy 7 Day, monthly or longer Travelcards within the London Fare Zone area at half the adult fare and Pay as You Go fares at half the adult-rate on the Underground, DLR and London Overground.

Holders can also travel free or at half the adult-rate on London's buses and trams. 16-17 year olds who do not have an Oyster photocard pay adult-rate fares.

If you are applying for free bus and tram travel:
You must get your school or college to sign your application form. This can't be done before you have started your course for the current academic year.

Take proof that you live within a London borough to the Post Office with the completed application form. This can be a utility bill, council tax bill or driving licence. These can be in your parent or guardian's name, but must be for the same address as your application. Mobile phone bills will not be accepted as proof of address.

18 year olds who meet the correct criteria can also apply for a 16+ Oyster photocard. Please see the Transport for London website for terms and conditions.

Surrey Student Transport Partnership

The train student fare card allows the holder to buy season tickets only for their home to school/college journey at a one third discount. Season tickets are available for periods of seven days (minimum), one month and between one month and one year.

Single and return tickets bought with the card can only be used for leisure journeys after 6pm during the week and at weekends.

To qualify you must:

  • live in one of the 11 boroughs/districts of Surrey:

    Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell, Guildford, MoleValley, Reigate & Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, Woking
  • attend a full-time education course
  • be aged 16 but under 19 on 1 September
  • You must start, finish and transfer (via) through selected stations

For full details, to check whether your local station is involved and to check if you are eligible, please visit:

Surrey Student Transport Partnership