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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:

The London underground train system is known as the tube. Its actually the oldest system of its type in the world first operating in 1863. The various sections are broken down into named routes called lines, and each tube line has an identifying locality name and is additionally colour coded on tube maps. These are:
Bakerloo line
Central line
Circle line
District line
Hammersmith & City line
Jubilee line
Metropolitan line
Northern line
Piccadilly line
Victoria line
Waterloo & City line

Stations are dotted all over London on average about a half mile apart but some are almost adjacent. In 2003 the London underground began operating as a public private partnership system (ppp) which means all of the infrastructure is owned privately by separate companies but the actual underground network itself is still owned by transport for London under the eye of the London major. The for the most part the tube system runs deep underground beneath London. Some stations are part of more than one network for instance the overground service run by national rail shares many lines and stations with the tube system. The London tube system is divided into 12 different colour coded (when seen a tube map) lines and changing from one line to another normally means stopping at a station to board a separate train. These different lines are named as:
central line, Bakerloo line, district line, circle line, northern metropolitan line, Piccadilly line, Victoria line, waterloo & city line, jubilee line and Hammersmith & city line.
In general stations on the network are open 05.00 to 00.30 (07.30 to 23.30 on Sundays) with lines that pass through central stations are open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets can bought at the station before you board for a single journey, a return or an extended period (see Oyster and Travelcards sections). The tube system is still one part of the London transport network which works in harmony. For example if a station or line has problems then often a connection service between stations will be run by the London bus system where your ticket on the tube is valid for that bus journey. After a discarded cigarette caused a major fire at kings cross station in 1987 with a large number of fatalities smoking has been banned across the entire network. (since 2007 smoking in enclosed public spaces has been banned throughout the UK by legislation anyway) the tube service all but shuts down after midnight with the service starting up again at around 5am. A few trains operate during these hours but these are normally meant for tube workers to travel on only. On special occasions such as new years eve trains are sponsored by private companies to run through the early hours at no cost to the public.

The front of each train will tell you its final destination. This information will also shows on electronic information signs on the platform.
When using escalators it is accepted that if you are just standing then you stand on the right hand side, those walking up the escalators as they rise will do so to the left hand side.

*Many rail stations offer reduced prices at food outlets with a >>>Bitecard

There are various ticketing and pricing options for the London underground

Cash single fare is the normal rate when paying
WITHOUT an Oyster Card or Contactless card.
  Oyster/Contactless Single fare Cash Single Fare
Journeys in: Peak Off-Peak
Zone 1 £2.40 £2.40 £4.90
Zones 1-2 £2.90 £2.40 £4.90
Zones 1-3 £3.30 £2.80 £4.90
Zones 1-4 £3.90 £2.80 £5.90
Zones 1-5 £4.70 £3.10 £5.90
Zone 1-6 £5.10 £3.10 £6
Zone 2 £1.70 £1.50 £4.90
Zone 2-3 £1.70 £1.50 £4.90
Zone 2-6 £2.80 £1.50 £5.80

Tube, DLR and London Overground
  Oyster/Contactless Daily Price Cap Day Travelcard
Zones: Peak Off-Peak Monday to Sunday
(contactless only
weekly cap)
*Anytime Off-Peak
Zone 1 £6.60 £6.60 £33 £12.30 £12.30
Zones 1-2 £6.60 £6.60 £33 £12.30 £12.30
Zones 1-3 £7.70 £7.70 £38.70 £12.30 £12.30
Zones 1-4 £9.50 £9.50 £47.30 £12.30 £12.30
Zones 1-5 £11.20 £11.20 £56.20 £17.50 £12.30
Zone 1-6 £12 £12 £60.20 £17.50 £12.30
Zone 2 £6.60 £6.60 £24.70 £12.30 £12.30
Zone 2-3 £7.70 £7.70 £24.70 £12.30 £12.30
Zone 2-6 £12 £12 £41.20 £17.50 £12.30

Child (11-15 years)
Tube, DLR and London Overground
  Oyster/Contactless Daily Price Cap Day Travelcard
Journeys in: Peak Off-Peak *Anytime Off-Peak
Zone 1 £3.30 £1.50 £6.10 £6.10
Zones 1-2 £3.30 £1.50 £6.10 £6.10
Zones 1-3 £3.85 £1.50 £6.10 £6.10
Zones 1-4 £4.75 £1.50 £6.10 £6.10
Zones 1-5 £5.60 £1.50 £8.70 £6.10
Zone 1-6 £6 £1.50 £8.70 £6.10
Zone 2 £3.30 £1.50 £6.10 £6.10
Zone 2-3 £3.85 £1.50 £6.10 £6.10
Zone 2-6 £6 £1.50 £8.70 £6.10

*PEAK: (Monday to Friday from 04:30 till 09:29)
**OFF-PEAK: (Weekends, Public Holidays, Monday to Friday from 09:30 till 04:29 the next day)

Tube, DLR and London Overground - Child fares
under 16's charged at child rate when presenting a Oyster Photocard
Under-5s free. Must be accompanied by someone using a valid ticket, Oyster PAYG or has a freedom pass.
5 to 10yrs free, must have a 5-10 Oyster Photocard if unaccompanied
5 to 10yrs free, but maximum of 4 per adult with a valid ticket if the children have no 5-10 Oyster photocard.
11 to 15yrs pay child rate when using an Oyster Photocard


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