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Travelling with children

Under-18s are eligible for free and/or discounted rates of travel. There are different schemes for different age ranges and you may need to apply for an Oyster photocard. The parent or legal guardian of children under 18 must complete the application process. You should allow a minimum of 4 weeks when applying for an Oyster photocard.

Under 11 years

Children aged under 11 can travel free on buses and trams at any time. They can also travel free on Tube, DLR and London Overground services at any time as long as they are accompanied by an adult using a valid Visitor Oyster card or ticket. Children aged under 5 travel free on the Emirates Air Line when accompanied by a fare paying adult. Children aged 5 to 15 pay child rate fares on the Emirates Air Line.

A maximum of four children under 11 can travel free with an adult who has a valid Visitor Oyster card or ticket on Tube, DLR and London Overground services.

If you’re using a Visitor Oyster card, you must touch in and touch out as normal but ask a member of staff to let your group through the side gate.

5-10 year olds pay fares on most National Rail services. They can get a 5-10 Oyster photocard to pay as they go at child rate which is cheaper than paying cash.

Find out more about 5-10 Oyster photocards

11-15 years

11 to 15-year-oldsPay child fares on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overeground, National Rail and the Emirates Air Line. Children aged 11 to 15 years can get an 11-15 Oyster photocard to travel free on buses and trams and at the child pay as you go rate on Tube, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services. If you have not allowed a minimum of 4 weeks to apply, buy a child rate paper Travelcard instead.

Find out more about 11-15 Oyster photocards

Over 16 years

16 to 17-year-oldsChildren aged over 16 pay adult rate cash fares on bus, Tube, Tram, DLR, London Overground, National Rail and the Emirates Air Line. 16 to 17-year-olds can apply for a 16+ Oyster photocard to travel at half the adult pay as you go rate on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and some National Rail services. Without one they have to pay the full adult rate fare.

(16+ Oyster photocard holders pay adult rate on most National Rail services). 

Find out more about 16+ Oyster photocards

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