LivingTravelA guide to free transport in London for kids

A guide to free transport in London for kids

Depending on the age of your child, they can travel for free or enjoy a reduced fare on public transport throughout London. This can really help keep costs down when visiting London as a family.

Children over the age of 5 can travel unaccompanied on London Transport, but it would be unusual to see young children traveling alone. Most London primary school children (under 11 years old) are escorted to and from school by an adult (parent / caregiver).

Check out TfL’s helpful guide and route maps for more information on traveling with children.

Children under 5 years

Children under 5 years old travel for free at any time on London buses, the Tube, trams, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and London Overground trains when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket.

Children from 5 to 10 years old.

Children under the age of 11 can travel for free on Metro, DLR, Overground and TfL services when accompanied by an adult using pay as you go or with a valid ticket (up to four children can travel per adult). If children are traveling alone, they will need a 5-10 Zip Oyster Photocard for free travel.

If children do not have a valid Oyster photo card, they must pay the full adult fare on National Rail services.

To request an Oyster Photocard 5-10, a parent or guardian must create a web account and complete a form on the child’s behalf. You will need a digital color photo of the child and will have to pay an administrative fee of £ 10.

Children from 11 to 15 years old.

All 11-15 year olds need an Oyster photo card to ride buses and trams for free. They should also touch the entrance / exit (put your Oyster photo card in a reader to document the trip) while boarding a bus or at the tram stop before boarding to avoid a penalty fee.
Children aged 11-15 can travel off-peak by Tube, DLR and London Overground for a maximum of £ 1.30 per day with an Oyster photo card.

To request an 11-15 Oyster Photocard, a parent or guardian must create a web account and complete a form on behalf of the child. You will need a digital color photograph of the child and will have to pay an administrative fee of £ 15.

Children from 16 to 18 years old.

Young people aged 16-18 who are in full-time education and live in a London borough can travel for free on buses and trams with a 16+ Oyster photo card. Other 16-17 year olds can get a 16+ Oyster Photo Card for travel at half the adult fare.

To request an Oyster 16+ photo card, a parent or guardian must create a web account and complete a form on the child’s behalf. You will need a digital color photograph of the child and will have to pay an administrative fee of £ 20.

Visitors to London

Requests can be made in advance for 5-10, 11-15 and 16+ photo cards for collection upon arrival in London. Visitors can apply online or request that an application form be sent to them. You must submit your request at least 3 weeks in advance or you can just fix it when you arrive at any London Underground station. Be sure to bring some passport size photos.

18+

Students 18 years of age or older attending a full-time course at a university, college, or school should contact their education provider to see if they are registered with the Student Oyster 18+ photo card scheme. This allows the purchase of season tickets from Travelcards and Bus Pass with a 30% discount on the adult fare.

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