How much will you be paying for your London commute? (Picture: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Commute to work in London? Use the Tube a lot? If so, you might want to purchase a monthly travelcard.
Transport for London (TfL) travelcards allow you to pay for a day, week or month of travel across the Tube, Overground, DLR, buses, trams, TfL Rail and National Rail services – plus, if you need them, the Emirates Air Line and the River Bus.
To use a travelcard you must first purchase an Oyster card (£7) and then you can purchase a travelcard and add it to your Oyster.
You can use also use Oyster for pay as you go, with fares capped per day and week just as they are when you use a contactless card or device (such as your phone). You can also add a national railcard to Oyster, saving up to 1/3 on off-peak pay as you go travel.
However, if you frequently use London public transport, you may find a monthly travelcard is the better option for you.
TfL fares are set to rise again in early March 2023, so how much do monthly travelcards cost now?
And what will they cost later in the year?
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How much are monthly travelcards in London?
Monthly travel cards work on Tubes, Overgrounds, buses and all TfL services (Picture: Getty)
On average, the price of an adult’s monthly travelcard will rise by 5.9% from March 5 onwards.
For monthly travelcards including travel to Central London, here’s what they currently cost, plus what the new price will be:
Zone 1: £147.50, going up to £156.30 from March 5
Zone 1 – 2: £147.50, going up to £156.30
Zone 1 – 3: £173.60, going up to £184
Zone 1 – 4: £212.00, going up to £224.70
Zone 1 – 5: £252.30, going up to £267.30
Zone 1 – 6: £270.00, going up to £285.70
Zone 1 – 7: £293.80, going up to £311.10
Zone 1 – 8: £346.80, going up to £367.20
Zone 1 – 9: £384.80, going up to £407.50.
Travelcards are cheaper for under 18s, students and apprentices (Picture: Getty)
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If you don’t need to be in Zone 1, you can choose to either pay for just one zone, or for the zone range you actually require.
Usually, it’s cheaper to travel in one zone, or between two zones. Once you start needing to commute between three, four or more zones, the monthly travel card costs starts to tot up.
It’s also more cost effective to travel in areas located in Zone 2 and Zone 3 (£110.60, going up to £117.20) than it is to travel just in Zone 1 (£147.50, going up to £156.30).
For the full range of prices, plus daily and annual travel card costs, check out TfL’s adult fares chart or work out your new cost from March using this price checker.
As for youngsters, 11 to 15-year-olds can buy a monthly ZIP Oyster card, with fares starting from a much lower £73.80 (going up to £78.40) for travel in Zone 1 and Zone 2. 16 to 17-year-olds can also commute between the two for the same price.
Travelcards are added to your Oyster, which you tap to board the bus or enter the Tube (Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, an apprentice or an adult student can pay £103 per month (going up to £109.10) for travelcard covering Zone 1 and Zone 2.
There’s also a JobCentre Plus monthly travelcard, which starts at £73.80 (going up to £78.40) per month.
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