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How Much is the Travel Cost in London?

How Much is the Travel Cost in London?

Estate agent London will tell you how convenient it is to get around using the rapid transit system – the London Underground – or the Tube as it is affectionately known, and our red buses, which offer a top view of the city’s urbanscape.  Greater London Properties explore just How Much is the Travel Cost in London?

Tube fares

Of the city’s nine fare zones, zones 1 and 2 serve Central London. You can buy an individual ticket or use Oyster Card, an electronic pay-as-you-go ticket used on public transport in Greater London.



Ticket for a single journey Oyster Card
Adult Child Peak Off Peak
Zone 1 £4.90 £2.40 £2.40 £2.40
Zone 1 and 2 £4.90 £2.40 £2.90 £2.40

Children under 11 years old can travel for free.

Pay-as-you go Oyster Cards don’t have an expiration date. You can use the remaining balance after not having used your card for over a year or more.

There is an alternative: A Contactless Payment Card that you can use for many other purchases, and issued by Visa, American Express, MasterCard or Maestro. The card has a weekly cap, which is a total of £32.40 for zones 1 and 2.


Bus fares

Bus fares cannot be paid in cash; you can use your Oyster Card or Contactless Payment Card to travel in and between any zone. Children under the age of 11 years can travel for free, while free bus passes are available to senior citizens.

–          Fare for a single journey: £1.50

–          1 day bus pass: £5.00 (the cap on Oyster and Contactless Payment Cards is £4.50)

–          7 day bus pass: £21.20

–          Monthly bus pass: £81.50

–          Annual bus pass: £848.00

If you prefer a car to bus or rail, there’s always a black taxi to hop into. Alternatively, you can book an Uber.


Black taxis/cabs

If your family is looking at properties to rent in London, a black cab can fit all of you for a private ride to Greater London’s amazing restaurants, parks and boutiques. Unlike its counterparts in other European cities, a London taxi can ferry up to five people.

The minimum fare is £2.60 and there’s an extra £2.00 for pre-booking over the phone.

Fares change quite a bit depending on the time of day and subject to traffic conditions. You can also expect to pay a bit more over the holiday season – Christmas through New Year’s.

Here’s a rough estimate of fares:

–          1 mile ride in Central London (6-13 minutes): £6 to £9.40

–          2 miles (10-20 minutes): £9 to £15

–          3 miles (13–25 minutes): £13 to £22

–          4 miles (16–30 minutes): £16 to £28

–          5 miles (21–35 minutes): £20 to £31

–          6 miles (28–40 minutes): £24 to £34



You may already have the Uber app and be familiar with its service. If you aren’t, please refer to this fare estimate.


Hopefully this article gives you a better understanding of How Much is the Travel Cost in London?  London is a fantastic place to live and work – if you are looking to rent or buy a property in the area – please call London Estate Agent Greater London Properties on 0207 113 1066 or visit our website to check our properties for rent or sale.

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