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08 November 2011 | Transport | By: Rachel Holdsworth

London Transport Fares 2000-2015

London Transport Fares 2000-2015

With the Mayoral election coming up, fares will be a burning hot topic. But there's so much politicking surrounding the issue it's almost impossible to separate the fact from the posturing. So we decided to put together some actual data that we can refer to the next time a candidate says "when you look at the fares increase in real terms / compared with inflation / I had my fingers crossed and it didn't count".

Not as easy as it sounds: until 2003, new fare proposals were published in TfL Board Papers. After that, as far as we can tell, the data disappear, with only select information in press releases, before returning in 2009 on the Mayor's website – but only accessible by wading through search results. Thankfully, TfL were able to provide us with a full history for certain fare types.

Direct comparisons aren't always easy – we had the introduction of Oyster and removal of bus zones in 2004, and withdrawal of day travelcards for zones 1-3, 1-5 and 2-6 in 2011, for example – and so many permutations. But we've decided to look at travel between zones 1 and 4.

Tube single journey zones 1-4: cash

2000: £2.60
2001: £2.70
2002: £2.70
2003: £2.80
2004: £3.00
2005: £2.80
2006: £3.00
2007: £4.00
2008: £4.00
2009: £4.00
2010: £4.00
2011: £5.00
2012 (original): £5.40
2012 (revised): £5.30
2013: £5.50
2014: £5.70
2015: £5.80

Tube single journey zones 1-4: Oyster PAYG (peak)

2004: £2.80
2005: £2.50
2006: £2.50
2007: £2.50
2008: £2.50
2009: £2.80
2010: £3.10
2011: £3.40
2012 (original): £3.60
2012 (revised): £3.60
2013: £3.80
2014: £3.80
2015: £3.90

Bus single fare including zone 1: cash

2000: £1
2001: £1
2002: £1
2003: £1
2004: £1
2005: £1.20
2006: £1.50
2007: £2
2008: £2
2009: £2
2010: £2
2011: £2.20
2012 (original): £2.30
2012 (revised): £2.30
2013: £2.40
2014: £2.40

Bus single fare: Oyster PAYG (peak)

2004: 70p
2005: £1
2006: £1
2007: £1
2008: 90p
2009: £1
2010: £1.20
2011: £1.30
2012 (original): £1.40
2012 (revised): £1.35
2013: £1.40
2014: £1.45
2015: £1.50

One day cap bus and tram Oyster PAYG

2005: £3
2006: £3
2007: £3
2008: £3
2009: £3.30
2010: £3.90
2011: £4
2012 (original): £4.20
2012 (revised): £4.20
2013: £4.40
2014: £4.40
2015: £4.40

One day travelcard / Oyster PAYG cap zones 1-4 (all day)

2002: £6.80
2003: £7
2004: £7.30
2005: £8
2006: £8.40
2007: £9
2008: £9.40
2009: £10
2010: £10
2011: £10
2012 (original): £10.80
2012 (revised): £10.60
2013: £11 travelcard / £10.60 PAYG cap
2014: £11.40 travelcard / £10.60 PAYG cap
2015: £12 travelcard / £9.20 PAYG cap

Seven day travelcard zones 1-4

2000: £26.80
2001: £27.60
2002: £28.10
2003: £28.40
2004: £29.20
2005: £30.40
2006: £31.60
2007: £33.20
2008: £34.60
2009: £36.80
2010: £36.80
2011: £39.40
2012 (original): £42.60
2012 (revised): £ 41.80
2013: £43.60
2014 (original): £45.40
2014 (revised): £45
2015: £46.10

Seven day bus and tram pass

2000: £11.50
2001: £9.50
2002: £8.50
2003: £8.50
2004: £9.50
2005: £11
2006: £13.50
2007: £14
2008: £13
2009: £13.80
2010: £16.60
2011: £17.80
2012 (original): £19.10
2012 (revised): £18.80
2013: £19.60
2014 (original): £20.40
2014 (revised): £20.20
2015: £21

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Paul

Prices usually double every 7 years, so some things are actually cheaper than they could be

Ainenib

These in graph form would be great!

Badenmorgan

should compare them with similar journeys in paris and nyc over the same period

a729

TfL fares are increasing partly due to free travel for under 18s regradless of their parents wealth. It would be wiser to have a small fee of say 30p a day or so that would help lower fares for the poorest workers in London

Kim Lee

Hello, this article is really interesting at how much London transport costs has increased in the last 13 years. I still remember paying a 40p CASH fare on the bus, and saving 5p by buying those saver tickets ! Also interesting how Oyster has only been with us for 9 years yet has had such an impact. We're now talking about going cashless on buses!

I'm conducting a research project as part of my final year dissertation on people's perceptions of using London transport. I'd really appreciate if you can offer your views and experiences by completing my questionnaire at http://surveys.qmul.ac.uk/tran... - it takes 10 minutes to complete.

Thanks,

Kim Lee
Student @ Queen Mary, University of London
k.lee(at)hss11.qmul.ac.uk

londona729

Despite my love of TfL , I have started to wonder if like Parliament and many politicians TfL seems to be becoming (more and more) self-serving. Is it just me?

King Koenig

Great article, but cash single fares are still £4.50 and not £5.50 (thank god)

David Edwards

Its odd that to pick up my children twice a month ( two return journeys ) on the other side of London cost me more than it cost me to keep my car on the road for the month, and takes longer by train.