Travelling with children

Under-18s are eligible for free and/or discounted rates of travel. There are different schemes for different age ranges.

Under 11 years

Children aged under 11 can travel free on buses and trams at any time. Children under 11 also travel free on Tube, DLR and London Overground, Tfl Rail and some National Rail services when accompanied by an adult using a valid Visitor Oyster card or Travelcard ticket. (Up to four children per adult)

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.

11-15 years

If you're travelling with children aged 11-15, buy a Visitor Oyster card before you leave home and, when you arrive in London, you can ask a member of our staff to add a Young Visitor discount to a Visitor Oyster card at:

• most Tube stations
• TfL’s 8 Visitor Centres
• Victoria National Rail station ticket office

The Young Visitor discount gives your child half adult rate pay as you go discount for up to 14 days.

You can also buy Day Travelcards, Group Day Travelcards (as part of a group of 10 or more people) and 7 Day Travelcards for children aged 11 to 15.

Over 16 years

Children 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.

Find out more about 16+ Oyster photocards