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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?

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  • 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.

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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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"I would definitely recommend the pass. There were various places, i.e. the War Museum, Royal Mews, etc. that we would not have gone to if we didn't have the pass. We ended up seeing many more attractions since they were included, and spent much less on admissions than if we hadn't purchased the pass. Showing the pass also made entry easy."
Ernest from USA