Children Can Travel For Free On Trains In London

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 16 months ago

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Children Can Travel For Free On Trains In London
Photo by Clare Griffiths.

Children under 11 can travel for free on all national rail services in London.

Previously, there was something of a north-south divide (isn't there always): 5-10 year olds got free travel on most routes north of the Thames, whereas operating companies like Southeastern, Southern and South West Trains charged child fares. That disparity is now wiped out — but beware the small print.

Children will need a Zip Oyster photocard to qualify for free travel — it's not like buses, where children can just rock up and get on. Your child will also need a photocard even if they're travelling with you, unlike the tube where they travel free with an adult. The card costs £10 but it's obviously worth that initial outlay. Transport for London has even put together this video explaining how to apply for a Zip Oyster card.

Thanks to friend of Londonist, Clare Griffiths, for the tip-off and photo.

Last Updated 22 September 2016

StuPC

Awesome! I had no idea about this - thanks for the heads-up!

Justyna

why not on the bus? they must go to school as well!!!

Kellie Rayner

Does this make a family and friends railcard unusable now as no need or option to buy child tickets??

nee

Children can travel free if they are accompanied by an adult who is using pay as you go, or has a valid ticket, even if they don't have zip oyster photo card!!!