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This is a quick look at the basic single fares you will pay when using the London services. In almost all situations there are large savings to be made by making use of the alternative methods of payment, namely Oyster and Travelcards. For more detailed fare information see the sections for the type of transport that you will be using or the sections on Oyster and Travelcards for the savings top be had with the alternative payment methods.
Bus Fares
Standard London Bus/Tram Fare is £1.50 per adult
You can make a second bus or tram journey for free within one hour of touching in for your first bus or tram journey (if using pay as you go).
Buses are cash free, trams have a £2.60 cash fare
under 16's travel free
Hopper fares mean a second journey on a bus or tram within 1 hour of the first journey using a contacless payment are free.
If you have a Bus and Tram Discount photocard you can pay 75 pence per journey with a £2.25 cap but restrictions apply including you must live in London and receiving certain benefits


Buses and Trams - Child Fares
under 16's free.
Under-5s Must be accompanied by someone using a valid ticket, Oyster PAYG or has a freedom pass.
5 to 10yrs free, do not need to be accompanied, do not need a ticket or Oyster Photocard
11 to 15yrs free when using an Zip Oyster Photocard
Those 16 to 18-year-olds in full-time education or on a work-based learning scheme and live in a London borough can travel free on buses and trams with a 16+ Oyster photocard (also gives 50% discount on adult rate on Tube, DLR and London Overground services and  Travelcard season tickets)
18+ students in full-time education and attending colleges or schools registered with TfL are eligible for 18+ Student Oyster photocards to buy Bus & Tram Pass and Travelcard season tickets at 30% off the adult-rate.
Tube/DLR/London Overground Fares
Standard Tube Fare if journey includes zone 1 is between £4.90 and £6 per adult
For journeys that do NOT include zone 1 (zones 2-6) the fare is £5.80  per adult
11-15 yrs, as long as you have an Oyster photocard you pay £0.75 off peak and  £0.80 peak
5-10 yrs Free when with an adult (up to four children per adult) or when using a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard
0-4 free when accompanied by fare paying passenger or with freedom pass
Also see Oyster and Contactless Daily Caps:
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