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London Travelcard Validity

Make the most of your Travelcard – available in 1, 2, 3 and 6 day Travel packages – and find out how and when you can travel across London, what modes of transport are included and which ‘zones’ are covered.

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When can I use the Travelcard?

public transport in London

  • 1 day Travelcards (off-peak) can be used from 9.30am Mondays to Fridays, all day Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, on each day of validity and for any journey that starts before 4.30am on the day following the expiry date
  • 2 and 3 day Travelcards (off-peak) have the same rules as a 1 day Travelcard and can only be used on consecutive days
  • 7 day Travelcards (peak) can be used at any time of day, on any day during the period of validity. With the 6 day London Pass with Travel you get an extra day for free – plus your ‘peak’ ticket means that you’re not limited to travelling at any specific time of day
  • Children under 11 years of age may travel free of charge on the tube, buses, DLR and London Overground if accompanied by an adult holding a valid travelcard. Children travelling on National Rail services are required to pay extra.

Remember the Travelcard is pre-stamped with an activation start date so your Travelcard will only be valid from the start date on the travelcard until the end of the duration selected (1, 2, 3, 6 days).

How do I activate the Travelcard?

If you order your 1, 2, 3 or 6 day London Pass with Travel online, you will have to select a start date when you purchase. This is because the Travelcard comes stamped with a pre-assigned activation date. Therefore your Travelcard will be valid from the date stamped on the card - not at the first time of use, like the London Pass itself.

If you’re flying into Heathrow or City Airport you can even use the Travelcard to get you into London – making life a lot easier!

Note: The transport network is closed on Christmas Day and limited services may be running around this time. The Travelcard works on a consecutive calendar day basis and cannot be carried over outside expiry dates, even if the Travelcard is unable to be used.  This is also the case during transport strikes.

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"Experience London easily and at a fraction of the price with the London Pass. Absolutely love the London Pass! It was easy to order online, and we had absolutely no issues with it while we used it around town. We purchased the 3 day pass with travel and used it every day to numerous different sights. If you are sight seeing London for the first time, this is definite buy as it'll save you on admission to almost all of the places that you would want to go!"
Nicole from USA