Take A Look At Revised 2014 Travelcard Prices

11476696286_4121872dfb_zAfter much delay, confusion, announcements and retraction, 2014 fares come into effect on 19 January. Oyster Pay As You Go fares are the same as announced in early December (in general a freeze, unless you’re travelling just in zone 1 or zone 1-2 off peak), but travelcards will be going up by less than initially planned.

This gets a bit complicated and we haven’t got space to look at them all, so bear with us and we’ll see what’s happening with a few.

Day travelcard zone 1-2, peak
2013: £8.80
Original 2014: £9.20
Revised 2014: £9

Day travelcards, off peak
You’ll only be able to get a zone 1-6 off peak travelcard costing £8.90, as all other zones are being withdrawn. Best use Oyster PAYG which has day capping of £7 if you’re travelling between zones 1 and 2 off peak, £7.70 between zones 1 and 4 off peak, and £8.50 between zones 1 and 6 off peak.

7 day travelcard zones 1/1-2
2013: £30.40
Original 2014: £31.60
Revised 2014: £31.40

7 day travelcard zones 1-4
2013: £43.60
Original 2014: £45.40
Revised 2014: £45

Monthly travelcard zones 1-2
2013: £116.80
Original 2014: ?
Revised 2014: £120.60

Monthly travelcard zones 1-4
2013: £167.50
Original 2014: ?
Revised 2014: £172.80

Monthly travelcard zones 1-6
2013: £213.60
Original 2014: ?
Revised 2014: £219.70

The single PAYG fare on buses is still going up 5p to £1.45, but the 7 day bus and tram pass will rise to £20.20 instead of £20.40. National Rail-only PAYG fares are rising by about 10p per journey and through fares (National Rail and tube) by about 20p per journey, though daily price caps remain the same.

As you can see, in most instances the revised fares offer a ‘saving’ of far less than the rise over 2013 fares. Transport for London and the Mayor’s office were branding 2014 fares as a freeze “in real terms”, because overall the rises were the same as inflation – but that assumes we’ve all had pay rises of 3.1% over the last year to absorb the increase.

You can take a look at all the new fares on the Transport for London website — click on the mode of transport that you want. Tube and rail fares are still in PDF format, or you can use the Single Fare Finder. (Note: we updated this article in April 2014 to reflect new urls on TfL’s updated website.)

See also: London Transport Fares 2000-2014

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  • plcd100 .

    The original 2014 monthly prices for Travelcard would have been 3.84 times the weekly price (rounded). This is the standard multiplier to take a weekly price to a monthly. Original 2014 monthly prices below calculated using the weekly values on the original Mayor’s Decision document (MD1243).
    Z12 – £121.30
    Z14 – £174.30
    Z16 – £222.70

  • thalia

    How much is a monthly zone 1-3 travelcard?

    • http://londonist.com/ Rachel Holdsworth

      You can see the new fares on the TfL website and opening the PDF http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/fares-2014/29089.aspx A monthly zone 1-3 travelcard is going to be £141.40.

      • alanomaly

        Unfortunately that document seems to have been deleted in the TFL redesign. I can’t find travelcard prices anywhere on the new TFL site.

        Any idea how would I find out prices for 3 month, 6 month and annual travelcards?

        • http://londonist.com/ Rachel Holdsworth

          The PDF you’ve found http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/tube-dlr-lo-adult-fares-jan-2014.pdf is the one that I linked to above (bloody TfL website redesign!). I’m not aware of there being 3 and 6 month travelcards but am prepared to be corrected! Annual is on the far right hand column in that PDF.

          • alaa

            are the prices different for students ?

          • Peter

            Yes you can get 3 and 6 month tickets. They are priced pro-rata to the monthly price. In fact you can buy odd periods provided its over a month. Useful for people who want a ticket to cover school or college terms. Or if you don’t travel at weekends and want a ticket that starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday. Or if your hols are coming up… But few people know about it and no one knows what will happen when the ticket offices close.

  • MIN

    Why is it more expensive to get a monthly card rather than weekly?…makes no sense!!And it’s pretty frustrating having to pay more when every weekend there is some sort of closure!!

    • plcd100 .

      A monthly ticket is 4% cheaper than buying 4 separate weekly tickets so it’s not more expensive.
      An annual ticket only costs 40 times the weekly so you get the equivalent of 12 weeks free. Obviously people have holidays etc when they perhaps wouldn’t buy a weekly ticket but it’s a rare person who has 12 weeks holiday a year!

      • Alistair Twiname

        plus there are more than 4 week in a month.

        • Carl Jones

          4.5 weeks per month!lol :)

    • Charlie Stevens

      It has to close on weekends to upgrade it! Can’t close it on weekdays as people need to get to work!

      You can read more here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/18070.aspx

      • Jim

        Because people don’t work at weekends?
        Generally those who NEED to work Saturdays and Sundays to boost their incomes!
        What about them?

        • Charlie Stevens

          Sorry bad wording, but we all know weekdays are generic work days and weekends are not. It’s general usage of terms. Sounds like someone is just cranky they have to travel weekends =P

          TFL never says ‘nope. Shut. No way out of your part of London today sorry.’ there’s always an alternative, as long as you check in advance (well publicised) you’re fine and know what to do on that day.

          Well when would YOU close it? Obviously that magical 8th day of the week no one at all works/needs it?

          They close it on the least busy days (weekends). It’s just common sense. It’s only small sections at a time as well, if you’re unlucky and have to use it at weekends you deal with it and move on – accept that things change and you might have to get that annoying bus.

          If you want weekend vs weekday travel numbers:


          • Rio

            I live in Old street and use the station there. They close the down escalator off at 7:30 am until 10:30 am. This is the peak time for the station. Yet more bad planning on a bad network.

          • James

            How can you say that it is a bad network? It’s unbelievable how they manage all of the logistics behind such a complicated system. Have you thought that perhaps it’s because overcrowded escalators are dangerous?

  • karian

    hi i am staying in croydon and need to get in and out of london city centre for 3 days in may,, is there a ticket i can get to use on rail and tube and is there a more cost effective way to but other than everyday ..thanks

  • Jon

    Have not been to London for quite a while. I now find the tube fares disgustingly expensive…absolutely bloody ridiculous so I will not be coming to London now!!!

  • Felix

    I’m sick of this annual fare increase in London. Have returned to London recently, after spending a couple of years in Los Angeles. Bus fares have have largely remained $1 for the last 10 years, and in the London, it’s increasing at a faster rate than my annual salary.

    • Eric

      You would expect prices to rise in line with inflation. Furthermore, the network is constantly being improved. Perhaps you should consider whether your annual salary is rising too slowly instead?

      • Thetruth

        “the network is constantly being improved” is that a sick joke or are you a TFL employee?

    • BARTmeetsclockworkorange

      Bus service in LA is for lowlifes (poor people, DUIs, etc.). Not to be disrespectful but I believe that is how most LA taxpayers view it. They may well keep it at $1 for the next 10 years, with service to match.

      • Sugar

        WOW what a conceited comment. Poor = lowlife?

        • BARTmeetsclockworkorange

          Been to the States much? Poor = lowlife. It’s a plutocracy.

          Back to the original comment, bus service is a different beast over there. Imagine one smelly, crowded, decaying bus coming down Oxford Street every half hour, or every hour on weekends. That’s average LA bus service. Some better, some worse.

  • markinsheen

    There is nothing for part-time workers or those who work in an office part of the week only. We need a multi-ticket discount, three day travel cards and/or or a frequent users discount. The current system is anachronistic and hasn’t kept pace with changes in working conditions. If you buy 9 cups of coffee you get one free – why not the same for fares?

    The fare structure is still way behind Europe with its fixation on 24 hour slots. The bus fares don;t allow for transfers, and with routes being chopped up deliberately to force people to pay multiple fares for what was once a single route transfers are needed.

    • Sugar

      Totally agree. Well said. TFL are not keeping up with the changing ways in which we live and work. Also don’t forget the students who only need to be in 3 days a week and work locally part time.