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Travelling with children in public transport in London: our tips

Travelling by public transport in London can be costly – London has one of the most expensive public transport systems in the world. However, it is extensive and covers huge distances (on the plus side).

So what is the cost of travelling with children and how does it work?

Children under 11 :

  • Can travel for free in buses and trams, without the need to show or own a travel card
  • Can also travel for free in trains and in the underground, but they will need to show a photocard

Children between 11 and 15:

  • Travel for free in buses and trams,
  • Travel in trains and the underground with a 50% discount
  • Need to own a photocard for all transport modes

Children between 16 and 17:

  • Travel for free in buses and trams (provided they are London residents)
  • Travel in trains and the underground with a 50% discount
  • Need to own a photocard for all transport modes

The required photocard is a Zip Oyster photocard, and includes a photo of the child. It can be obtained by applying online, or in a Post Office.

More information on the Zip Oyster photocard can be found under this link.

Happy travels !

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