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A London Underground Travelcard

The Travelcard is a one-day or multi-day paper ticket for unrestricted use of London's public transport at a discounted flat rate. It applies to the London Underground network, London Underground , London Overground , all red buses with the Tube logo, some night buses and many National Rail suburban trains in the Transport for London tariff zones , in the Tramlink tram network and Docklands Light Railway . You can also get a discount on Thames shipping on presentation of the card .

There are cards only for central London (zones 1–2, “small” Travelcard), for the entire London metropolitan area including Heathrow Airport (zones 1–6, “large” Travelcard) and various other zone combinations for a period of one or seven days. There are also season travel cards ; these are then valid for periods of more than seven days and usually require a photocard (customer card with passport photo) to be issued.

The Travelcard can be booked in advance at your local travel agency or online. When buying on site, e.g. Travelcards are also issued on arrival at the airport or at all underground stations in London or can be purchased at the machine. Increased prices also apply to the Travelcard during rush hour : For example, a Day Travelcard (valid for one day) for zones 1–6 costs Monday to Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. : 00 am ( peak time , busy time) £ 18.10. At other times of the day ( off-peak time , low-traffic time) the same card costs £ 12.70. These so-called peak time price differences do not exist on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (as of August 2018).

For the small Travelcard you can buy connecting tickets to zones 3–6 at the ticket counter , which are a little cheaper than tickets at the machine.

The One-Day Travelcard is available as a classic ticket with the relevant zones and validity period printed on it. From a validity of seven days, the Transport for London Travelcard is issued in the form of a plastic Oyster Card . Since the introduction of daily and weekly fare caps (so-called capping ), it is cheaper to use the Oystercard or a bank or credit card with NFC technology for journeys in the London Transport System using the pay-as-you-go method (added the cost of all journeys per day or week up to an upper limit) instead of buying a Travelcard. You can pay £ 12.50 for any number of trips in one day through zones 1–6, on- or off-peak (as of August 2018).

Combo tickets from outside Greater London

Combined ticket consisting of a National Rail return ticket Loughborough –London and Travelcard for zones 1 & 2

A combined ticket consisting of National Rail - day return ticket and One-Day Travelcard can be used to travel by train from a station outside the Transport for London catchment area to the Travelcard area, to use the Travelcard in London and also drive back to the starting station. Corresponding group tickets (e.g. the Family Travel Card ) are also available for this.

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