2014 London Transport Fares Announced


The Standard has been given the scoop on next year’s transport fares.

According to the Standard, it’s good news if you use Oyster Pay As You Go on the tube, DLR and Overground as most journeys, including daily capping, are frozen (the exception being single journeys in zone 1 and zones 1-2, which rise from £2.10 to £2.20). It’s also good news if you’re one of the 1% of bus passengers who pay in cash: your £2.40 fare is frozen. The daily PAYG bus fare cap also stays the same.

The rest of us are paying more. Travelcards will rise an average of 4.1%, in line with national fare rises (so we assume the Chancellor hasn’t been forthcoming with a grant to reduce rises as he was in 2011). Cash fares on the Underground rise 20p on all journeys. And here’s the one we find strangest: PAYG single bus fares are going up by 5p to £1.45, and the 7 day bus and tram pass is rising 80p to £20.40 (a 4.1% increase), despite buses being the mode of transport favoured by the less well-off. You’re also only going to be able to get a paper off-peak one-day travelcard for zones 1-6 in future.

Transport for London is selling this as an overall 3.1% fare rise, but of course each person’s experience of that is going to very much depend on how you travel. Most regular commuters, whether by bus, tube or train*, will be hit by the 4.1% increase as most commuters get regular travelcards.

We’re also wondering the same thing we were yesterday: what took so long? The money to fund the Oyster freezes is coming from TfL: £350m over 10 years, to be met by efficiency savings (hello, ticket office closures) and higher commercial income. But with these new fares taking effect in less than a month, was TfL really just taking forever to sort out its budget? We still have a sneaking suspicion that there were negotiations between City Hall and the Treasury, presumably fruitless, that everyone hoped would result in some money for travelcard holders as well. After all, George Osborne is widely expected to announce a £30m gift towards the Garden Bridge in his Autumn Statement.

Edit: you can see fares for one and seven day travelcards, bus and tram fares, PAYG fares and capping on the GLA website.

Edit #2: the Mayoral Decision on fares has been published to the GLA website and you can now download the full fares breakdown. National Rail fares within TfL zones are going up by 10p-30p per journey. One interesting thing we noticed while calculating our own journeys into London: it’s now cheaper, when travelling off peak, to get a bus instead of a tube as a through fare on PAYG.

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  • Jack London

    The only thing that truly seems to have a cap in London is my salary

    • londona729

      And the amount of seats available on a tube train!

  • http://gplus.to/casalotti Andrea Casalotti

    “despite buses being the mode of transport favoured by the less well-off.”
    Why should buses be cheaper than the Tube?
    Why does #NastyBritain have urban transport for the less well-off, rather than good transport for everyone at an affordable price?
    When will you learn that everyone deserves the same quality of public services, irrespective of income, or, as Boris would say, IQ?

    • Guillaume Jolly

      Andrea, bus are slower than the Tube, their frequency is in general lower, connections take more time, that’s why they are cheaper.

      • http://gplus.to/casalotti Andrea Casalotti

        Are you saying that buses are provided as an inferior mode of transport for the poor?
        That’s either very nasty or complete rubbish.
        Buses should fill in the gaps that rail cannot provide and no more. There are definitely too many buses in London: if they were priced correctly, many people would switch to rail or cycle, and our streets would be much more pleasant and safer.
        Buses kill or maim one Londoner per day.

        • Guillaume Jolly

          Wow, take it easy, I’ve never said that. I take the bus to go to work sometimes and it takes ages because of the traffic, so I’m glad that I actually pay less.

          • http://gplus.to/casalotti Andrea Casalotti

            Yes you did say that they are inferior to rail (“bus are slower than the Tube, their frequency is in general lower, connections take more time,”). Why then provide an inferior product?

          • Guillaume Jolly

            They could indeed add more buses for sure, but when a bus gets stuck in a traffic jam there is not much TFL can do about it… some parts of London don’t have bus lanes unfortunately.

          • londona729

            TfL should maybe consider introducing a Zone 2 CC (one that didn’t pick on parts West London but covered East.North and South too) which would help to alleviate congestion or at least provide extra revenue for TfL (allowing fares to be cut)!

          • http://londonist.com/ Rachel Holdsworth

            That’s an interesting idea – I remember reading recently some (informed) comment that Boris seems to regret axing the Western zone because of the fall in revenue. Zone 2 would, as you say, be less politically awkward.

          • BethPH

            I seem to remember there was some opposition to extending the CC further east because, aside from Canary Wharf which is private land anyway, it would hit the poor harder.

          • londona729

            But generally speaking poor people in London don’t drive (due to insurance, petrol and vehicle duty and other car-ownership costs!). If the CC was expanded and used to subsidise bus fares (and the tube) it would help the poor a lot!

          • londona729

            I have read quite a few uniformed comments on this article!( Including one where somebody said buses had no place in a modern city!!)

            I think the CC should expanded and any revenue was ring-fenced to lower bus (and to a lesser extent the tube).
            Personally I think fares should be cut by a 1/3 like they were in 1981 (but without them doubling the next year like they did in 1982 due to Ken’s ‘fair fares’ failing miserably- although fare cuts made life easier for Londoners in the difficult year of 1981)

          • londona729

            Why provide beef burgers (an inferior product) when we can all eat Rib eye steak (even though many people can’t afford to eat steak that often)!

            Also public transport is a service rather than a product!

        • londona729

          Buses are generally quite good- if anything resources are often misplaced with some route perennially running full buses like the 25 and some are often empty like the 415.

          Buses should provide more than ‘filling in the gaps of the rail network in London’! They are essential for the elderly/disabled as many stations aren’t accessible! Never mind those who can’t afford rail services!

          There aren’t enough buses in London, do you even live in London? If you are, you seem unusually out of touch with the daily life of many Londoners! Maybe you’re a politician!

      • londona729

        That’s questionable! Especially at night time when the tube service is 0 trains/hour! For example bus frequency (29 and 24)Trafalgar Sq-Camden Town is much higher than the Northern line frequency!

        I get your point totally but it depends on your transport needs!
        I.e Hyde Park Corner to Marble Arch is much quicker/cheaper/easier using the bus than the tube!

        • Guillaume Jolly

          You’re right, they could definitely add more buses, but I was talking about “rush hour” which is when I take the bus most of the time.

          • londona729

            What I was saying is true 24/7 between Trafalgar Square/Camden Town and quite a few other bus corridors!! Just especially so at night time! Do you get what I mean?

          • Guillaume Jolly

            I do now :)

    • Ed

      Well said Andrea :-)

    • londona729

      Buses have lower operating costs than the tube, often takes longer than the tube , many bus users wouldn’t be able to afford to travel at all if bus fares were as high as tube fares! The tube at peaks wouldn’t be able to cope if bus users decided to use the tube instead as they would if bus and tube fares were equal!

      Buses also allow Londoners with poor/no rail links to travel as well as been a lifeline for disabled people.

      • http://gplus.to/casalotti Andrea Casalotti

        Londona, Buses have a lower operating cost only if you don’t factor in all the externalities: people killed by particulates and people killed and maimed in collision (of which there is one per day).
        I never said that bus fares should be as high as tube fares; they should be the same.
        You are right, the Tube wouldn’t cope at peak times, but there are simple solutions:
        a. more people cycling
        b. more flexi-time at work.
        Buses are a Third-World 19th Century solution, and have little reason to exist in a modern city.

        • londona729

          Many people will NEVER cycle (especially many disabled/elderly people)

          Flexi-time at work is not very feasible as we have a 9-5 Mon-Fri work day for the majority and it wouldn’t make sense to change it for many industries. Also we need more people to work full time to reduce the amount of benefits given to people in work.

        • londona729

          Buses will always have a place in a modern city! Some people who are claustrophobic will use the bus in preference to the tube.

          Also how would TfL manage if it lowered tube fares to the level of bus fares – it would lose a lot of revenue indeed and would lead to off-peak overcrowding on the tube as a lot of ‘suppressed demand’ would be realised. I.e many people use who the bus would start using the tube if they were the exact same price.

        • Boris Watch

          “people killed by particulates and people killed and maimed in collision (of which there is one per day).”

          Buses entering service from January have to be Euro VI standard for emissions, and all buses are DPF filtered – buses do not contribute significantly to air pollution in London and anyone who claims they do is blowing smoke up your arse.

          “a. more people cycling”

          You’re seriously claiming cycling can substitute for bus use on a significant scale? Numbers, please, numbers.

          “Buses are a Third-World 19th Century solution, and have little reason to exist in a modern city.”

          Nonsensical, fact free assertion. On that basis London’s underground trains are even more, since they date from 1863.

          You’re not giving me much indication you’re a particularly deep or knowledgeable thinker on urban transport, Andrea.

          • http://gplus.to/casalotti Andrea Casalotti

            Particulates – I accept what you say and I stand corrected.

            KSI – Not disputed, so I repeat: London buses kill or seriously injure one person every day.

            In Holland and Denmark, bus ridership is low, because many people cycle. For instance look at these figures in Amsterdam: http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/2012/03/explosive-growth-of-cycling-in.html

            The date of invention or introduction has nothing to do with the practicality of the machine. Rail does not interfere with people walking and cycling (which are the most efficient ways to get around a city). Buses do.

            I respectfully ask you to look outside the box, and you will see that many of London’s transport (and public health) problems will be solved by a sizeable reduction of the bus service.

    • Boris Watch

      “Why should buses be cheaper than the Tube?”

      Because they’re slower and used over shorter distances. Next stupid question please, although I see you have already written it.

      “Why does #NastyBritain have urban transport for the less well-off, rather than good transport for everyone at an affordable price?”

      What’s the *actual* difference?

      • londona729

        I think Andrea’s won the award for the most informed question and comment of 2013!

      • http://gplus.to/casalotti Andrea Casalotti

        There is no reason to insult.
        If you travel in Europe, you will notice that there is a uniform price for public transport.
        In England, people seem to think that buses are for poor people and therefore need to be priced lower.
        If buses are for shorter distances (as you say), then they form part of an integrated system, and one ticket should be valid for both bus and tube.
        If instead they are the transport for the poor (as some people seem to say), then that is fundamentally wrong. Urban transport is a system that should be offered in equal quality to everyone.

  • Disgruntled Radio Listener

    Page 11 of the document with the fares revision for 2014 shows the National Rail Oyster PAYG fares with increases of between 10-20p per journey or 10-30p if using mixed mode (NR and TfL). http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/MD1243%20January%202014%20fares%20PDF.pdf

    • http://londonist.com/ Rachel Holdsworth

      Thank you! That hadn’t come out when we published. Finding the document did remind me of Douglas Adams’s bit from Hitch-Hiker’s Guide: find a filing cabinet in a dark basement past a sign saying ‘Beware of the leopard’, so I’m pleased you pointed the way!

      • MP

        No worries, it was a very confusing read at first. The press have concentrated on the TfL rises today, but as shown, ATOC have decided to raise their fares on Oyster in London.

  • Nic Olas

    People On The Tube – Coming soon… http://youtu.be/Tu-bVRVg67w

  • londona729

    This isn’t a fare freeze if you compare it to wage rises (or stagnation in many many cases).

    If I was in charge of TfL….(I could probably write a book series about this!)

    ..I would make sure resources were used wisely not wasted like this and that fares would be cut or at least TRULY frozen.(http://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/residents_in_kensal_rise_claim_area_is_overrun_with_ghost_buses_1_2218458)

  • Theo Short

    I’ve created a petition calling for weekly and monthly travelcards to be re-priced to the same proportional cost of annual cards


    • londona729

      That wouldn’t make sense for TfL as that would mean the incentive for people to purchase yearly tickets( giving TfL a nice big lump sum which is very useful for cash flow). Also when people buy yearly travelcards they have no flexibility of say using Z1-3 Travelcards for 6 months and then downgrading to a Z2-3 for 6 months ,like monthly (and even more so weekly). So it’s a trade off between commitment and flexibility (and of course, whether you have a lump sum to pay for a season ticket)

      From a consumer’s point of view: I’ll sign it !

    • Abe

      All that would result is weekly and monthly cards going up in price. There is a discount on annual travelcards (and to a lesser extend on monthlys) because the purchaser is lending the money to TfL for a longer period. Transport companies the world over discount their longer period tickets, so this petition is fairly pointless.

      • londona729

        But it’s worth a few seconds to sign it surely!

  • sarababex

    Heyy, to Say the bus is for the not so well of people in London is Wrong and Racist if you ask me and I for one travel by bus as Im not a big fan of the Train so hardly use it and to Greedy boris Shame on you and the government and all you do is lie and make people more poor and you all Can go fuck yourself’s and the money you role in everyday… ?

  • Jo

    fuck the TFL and tube and bus fares… my oyster use cost me 200 quid. Now i have small car on finance for 120,, petrol price most nothing, its take same time to ravel, i have no to share seat with stranger.. Fuck you all tube wankers !