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Calculating Time Zone Differences
Have you ever wanted to know the time and date in Chicago so you can phone home while vacationing in the UK? Calculating time zone differences is relatively straightforward, and it’s a helpful trick to know for anybody who travels a lot but likes to keep in touch with family.
Calculating Time Using World Time Zones
The world is divided into 24 equal sections based on meridians of longitude, so they’re each 15 degrees apart. Each line you cross differs from the previous line by one hour, so if you travel east, each longitude line you cross is one hour later than the previous line. On the other hand, if you travel west, the space between each longitude line you cross over is one hour earlier than the previous line.
This division of time sometimes complicates international travel. For example, you could decide to phone home bright and early in the morning during your vacation to England to find that not only is it night back home but it’s also a different date.
Understanding Universal Time
Fortunately, there’s a unified way of determining the time anywhere in the world. Coordinated Universal Time, usually called UTC or just UT, is a way of representing time consistently across the time zones. UTC is based on the time at the 0-degrees longitude meridian, which runs through Greenwich, England (previously known as Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT for short). This means that universal time is effectively the current time in England.
Converting Universal Time to Local Time
Knowing that UTC is based on the time in Greenwich, England, means it’s possible to convert it to local time by using the different time zones. For example, if the UTC time is 14:00 on the 24-hour clock, and you live two time zones to the east, you know that your local time is 16:00 (UTC plus two hours). If you live four time zones to the West, you know that your local time is 10:00 (UTC minus four hours).
Using an Online Time Converter
Having access to the internet means that the answers to common problems are never more than a mouse-click away. There are plenty of online time converters, such as the Time and Date website, that are free to access and use. These sites make it easy to determine the time anywhere in the world. Simply enter a location or time zone to calculate relative time differences instantly. For globetrotters, having such online resources available on a phone makes traveling much easier.
What Is UTC Used For?
Having a single coordinated time is particularly useful in any applications involving international trade and transit. For example, UTC helps in the organization of intercontinental freight transportation, train services, aviation, weather, astronomy, scientific research and military operations. Of course, for most people, it’s just a useful way of making sure they don’t accidentally wake up mom and dad when they phone during a European vacation.
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Getting around London: Pay as you go and Travelcard prices
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- London Travelcard Prices
London is big. We get it. So working out how to get from A to B can be slightly intimidating.
To help you with your travel planning and budgeting, we've laid out the best ticket options (and how much they cost*) for your time in London. Pay daily or buy a weekly London Travel card - it's up to you.
Daily Travel Card Prices
If you only need to use public transport for a day or two of your trip, TFL's (Transport for London) day pass with a price cap is all you need to know about. It's priced as a London day travel - one day travel pass. Tap in using your bank card as much as you wish throughout the day and you'll never be charged more than the below daily London tube prices and they can be used for bus travel as well.
Weekly Travel Card Prices
If you have a week in the city and you know you're going to be bouncing between the London Underground and those iconic red buses, purchasing a weekly London ticket could save you a few pennies.
*The above prices are controlled by TFL and are subject to change.
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London Travelcard prices for public transport pass in 2023
Transport pass for 1 day, 7 days, 1 month or much longer for buses, trains & underground.
The London Travelcard is the original pass for public transport in London. It is very simple to understand. You pay up front for a ticket which gives you unlimited rides for a stated number of calendar days. These days are consecutive, the pass ends 7 days after the first journey.
You can currently buy Travelcards for periods of 1 day, 7 days, 1 month or 1 year.
Unless you are going to make just one single journey on public transport in London then you should really be looking to either purchase an Oyster card , contactless payment card or a London Travelcard transport pass, and not pay for single tickets.
For example, paying cash for a single Underground journey in central London is more than double the price of the same journey with an Oyster Card.
Where can you use Travelcards Fare zones Peak & off-peak Where to buy Prices 2023 Benefits Concessions Child fares Groups
Where you can use a Travelcard
The Travelcard pass covers:
- The London Underground network
- The London red local bus network
- The railway network in Greater London
- Docklands Light Railway, TFL Railway and Overground Railway
- 33% discount on many scheduled river services .
You cannot use your Travelcard on the Heathrow Express train as the group are not part of the Transport for London network.
You can use your Travelcard on the London Underground, TFL Rail Heathrow and London red bus services from Heathrow.
Gatwick, Southend, Stansted and Luton airports are outside London beyond the scope of London public transport so the buses and trains from these airports are not covered by Travelcard (though you can use Oyster cards from Gatwick & on Heathrow Express. City Airport is serviced by the Docklands Light railway (DLR) and is covered.
The London public transport system is divided up into zones that radiate from the centre. Nearly all the hotels and the main sights are in Zone 1.
Heathrow Airport is in Zone 6 and the furthest zone out is Zone 9.
For the vast majority of visitors you will only travel in the two most central zones 1 and 2. The Underground map (link below) has the stations and their zones marked.
Some stations like Turnham Green are in two zones. You use whichever zone for these stations is most beneficial in working out your fare.
Although with a Travelcard you have unlimited journeys for a flat fee, the price you pay for your Travelcard is determined by the fare zones you want to travel in. The more fare zones you want covered, the more expensive the Travelcard.
London's red buses do not have zones. In fact with a Travelcard if you have a Travelcard for zones 1 and 2 you can travel in all the other zones as well using London's red buses.
London Underground Map & Rail Network Map with price zones (PDF)
Use our links below to see the London price zone maps for both the Underground and Rail network. You will be able to clearly see the zones marked across the map and then look where your station of interest sits within which zone. This is an easy way to work out the potential price of travel in London, by looking at the places you want to visit and seeing which London zone they sit within.
Most major attractions sit within zone 1-2 but there are other attractions further out from central London you may want to visit, as an example Hampton Court (zone 6) or Wimbledon (zone 3).
Peak & off peak travel for 1-day Travelcards
A 1 day Travelcard comes in a choice of peak and off peak variants, the price differential is substantial.
The peak travel period is if you travel between 4.30am and 9.29am Monday to Friday.
For a 1 day Travelcard only, if you want to travel during this time you need to purchase the 'Peak' period 1 day Travelcard product, otherwise the much cheaper off peak Travelcard will do.
Note: For 1 day, an Oyster card is often much cheaper than a 1 day Travelcard, never more expensive.
Travelcards for 7 days or longer are valid at all times.
Travelcards are valid for calendar days, not 24 hours from when you first use. However you can use your Travelcard the day after the last day if your journey departs before 4.30am.
Where you buy, photo ID & varying formats of Travelcards
If you buy Travelcards from a railway ticket office (not Underground) they come on card and will have a rail logo on (just like the image at the top of the page). If you buy a 7 Day Travelcard (child or adult) or a longer duration Travelcard you will need a rail photocard. This is made up on the spot and is free of charge, but you have to bring your own passport size photo. You cannot use the rail photocard as ID at non-rail ticket outlets.
If you buy Travelcards in advance online from TfL (see banner link below) the Travelcards also come as card tickets but you do not need photo ID both for children and adults.
If you buy Travelcards from anywhere else, including Underground and DLR stations, 1 day Travelcards come on a card, but all other Travelcards come loaded on an Oyster card. Children between 11 and 17 years require an Oyster ID Photocard to buy Travelcards at concession fare rates for 7 day durations or longer. Adults do not need photo ID.
Best place to buy Travelcards
The most convenient place to buy Travelcards for visitors are Underground stations, including Heathrow Airport. You can pay cash or credit card.
However there are no longer manned ticket offices at Underground and DLR stations. You have to buy from a ticket machine.
If you prefer a person to serve you there are also many Oyster Ticket Stops all over London in neighbourhood stores, newsagents etc that display a sign in their window or stations run by the railways (not the London Overground, Underground or TFL Rail Stations).
If you feel nervous purchasing a public transport pass from a ticket machine after entering a strange country, you can buy Travelcards online from TfL (see link below) and have them delivered to your home address internationally.
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London travelcard vs oystercard - what is the difference.
Travelcards are a flat rate travel pass where you have unlimited rides in the selected zones for the time period purchased. You can use your travelcard across the London Network (with a few exceptions), so the travelcard covers your complete travel for a set time period and for a set fee paid up front.
Oyster / Contactless payment cards are charged on a per journey basis but there is a daily maximum you can be charged. This is called the price cap. Once you hit this 'price cap' through all the individual fares adding up, you are no longer charged for any subsequent journeys made that day.
A good example is the daily Oyster/Contactless payment cards price cap is less than the cost of a 1 day Travelcard, so travel over one day is cheaper. Over longer periods Travelcards can work out cheaper depending on your travel. For instance a 7 Day Travelcard is less expensive than an Oyster or Contactless payment card if you travel 3 or more times each day for 6 days or more in a 7 day calendar period.
This is a detailed area and can be confusing, so we created a dedicated page Comparing Travelcards and Oystercards , this page looks in detail at the difference between a travelcard, Oystercard and contactless payment cards to help you find the best fit for your visit.
Benefits of using Travelcards with Oyster card
Most visitors will just travel in the central zones 1 and 2. If you are staying more than 5 days in Central London then a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 is probably going to be cheaper than just an Oyster card. However a Travelcard on its own with fixed travel zones is not very flexible for the occasional trip outside these zones.
7 day Travelcards can be loaded onto your Oyster card and be used in combination with Oyster on a Pay As You Go basis for a single journey.
Note this flexibility is not available on Visitors Oyster cards or contactless payment cards and is not available for Travelcards purchased from railway stations and online.
A typical example is someone arriving and departing at Heathrow Airport in zone 6 and spending say 6 days in the centre of London (zones 1-2) before flying out.
By purchasing an Oyster card at Heathrow Airport Underground Station and buying a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 (electronically loaded onto the Oyster by the ticket machine) plus a minimal amount of Oyster cash both Oyster card and Travelcard will will work seamlessly together.
The 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 will cover all travel in the central zones 1 and 2. Then on the Underground airport transfer journeys the Travelcard still covers the section of the journey in zones 1 and 2 but the Oyster will kick in automatically to cover the section of the journey in zones 3 to 6 at the lowest cost using the cash on the Oyster. You do not physically have to do anything it is all automatic.
Similarly, if you are staying in London for 9 days you might buy an Oyster card and use it on a PAYG basis for 2 days and have a 7 day Travelcard loaded and use that for the remaining 7 days.
There are no seniors fares for visitors. If you reside in London and are of pensionable age you can get a Freedom pass giving free travel. If you are 60+ and live in London the Seniors Oyster ID Card that makes free bus travel available. You can apply online or get a form from your local Post Office.
Anybody with an English National Concessionary bus pass can use that on London's red buses too and travel free of charge.
If you have a railways Seniors Railcard you can get your 1/3 discount on off-peak Oyster fares. You have to ask a member of staff to load the concession onto a standard Oyster card (note, not a Visitors Oysters card) at an Underground station after showing your Seniors Card.
If you have a railways Seniors Railcard you can also buy 1 day off-peak zone 1-6 Travelcards at with the discount applied.
This is a very complex subject and is covered in detail in the table below.
In crude terms a child is defined as under 16 years old, but in the last couple of years it has been possible to get child fares after jumping through a few hoops up to the age of 17.
Children under 11 can travel free on the London Underground, DLR and buses without a ticket. If a child is between 11 and 15 years old you require an Oyster 11-15 Photocard (which has a fee see below). This allows 11 to 15 year olds to travel at child fares on the Underground, DLR, Overground and some trains, free on the buses.
A child is defined as under 16 years old, but in the last couple of years it has been possible to get child fares after jumping through a few hoops up to the age of 17.
You can only buy child Travelcards on-demand universally for 1 day Travelcards. You cannot load child Travelcards onto an Oyster without an Oyster ID card. You can buy 7 day child Travelcards at the Visit Britain online shop, TFL's online shop , and at railway stations (who require a passport photo).
If you are a short term visitor (in London for up to 14 days) with kids between 11-15 you can take advantage of the Young Visitor Discount. This means you can get half price fares on an Oyster card on a temporary basis for your child without going through the hoops and expense of getting an Oyster ID card. You do need to read carefully the rules of this scheme though.
Children's Fare Concessions
Group tickets - 1-day group travelcard for groups of 10 or more.
This in scope is the same as a 1-day off-peak Travelcard for zones 1-6 and 1-9 providing unlimited travel on all services after 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
The pricing is particularly attractive if you have kids in the group and those staying in one of the outer zones, however if you are staying in the centre of London zones 1 to 3 it will be cheaper to purchase individual Oyster cards.
If you are a group of 10 or more then do check out this product. Click through on the blog link right for more details.
Qualifying for the Railways 2 for 1 promotion by using Travelcards
The railways sponsor a hugely popular and long running promotion that allows those people using the train to visit leading attractions to get two people admitted for the price of one.
When visiting London you can you can get 2 for 1 admission to many of London's major sights including the Tower of London. The full list is very long and covers all of Great Britain. If you have train tickets to London and you are doing some sightseeing its a very worthwhile promotion to look into.
If, like many visitors, you are not using the national train services to get to London but are using a Travelcard to ride the London Underground to get around then there is a loophole in the scheme whereby if you buy your Travelcard from a railway station ticket office you qualify for the 2 for 1 promotion. There are a few further hoops to jump through, but the rewards can be significant, so its worth checking out.
Railways 2 for 1 promotion more details
Using your travelcard to gain access to trains
To gain access to the trains of all types, and again to exit a station you have to pass through automatic barriers (pictured right). There is always one wide ticket barrier for wheelchairs, pushchairs and people with large suitcases.
If you have a card Travelcard you insert the Travelcard into the ticket slot, the barrier will check that your Travelcard is valid for both date and zones travelled and then return it to you and open the barrier.
If you have a Travelcard loaded onto an Oyster card you swipe the Oyster card over a bright yellow pad, the barrier will check validity and then open the barrier. This process is repeated at the destination station.
On buses there are no ticket barriers. Inspectors may check the validity of your Travelcard at any time.
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The Travelcard is a transport pass for London that gives you unlimited travel in London within certain zones . The prices vary according to the number of zones you need to travel through. Central London is in zone 1.
Travelcards are valid for 1 day, 7 days, 1 month or 1 year.
The passes are valid for travel on all types of transport in London including:
- the Underground (the tube)
- the local suburban trains within London
- the Elizabeth Line (not west of West Drayton)
- the Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
- the London Overground
- the buses all over London. A Travelcard for any zone allows you to use the buses in all zones (zones 1-6)
The 3 Day Travelcard, weekend Travelcard, Zone 1-2 & 2-6 One Day Travelcards are no longer available.
Visiting London for 1-7 days? See our guide to London’s transport tickets & passes . The Travelcard may not be the best ticket for your stay.
Single Underground Tickets
Single paper tickets on the London underground are expensive if you buy them from a tube station ticket machine:
- £6.70 for one journey in zone 1 (central London) and between zone 1 and zones 2 to 6
- See single ticket prices for all zones .
One Day Travelcards: 2023 prices
Using a Pay as you go Oyster card or a contactless card are the cheapest ways to pay for travel if you’re in London for 1-5 days. (the daily cap is £8.10 per day for zones 1-2)
If you really don’t want to use an Oyster card or don’t have a contactless card, the One Day Travelcard is the next best money-saving pass.
The paper Off peak One Day Travelcard for zone 1-6 is £15.20 . This might seem expensive, but it’s cheaper than paying the full cash fare for 3 underground trips in central London (3 x £6.70= £20.10 ).
One Day Travelcard fares 2023
Peak v anytime travelcards.
One Day Travelcard prices are different if you travel during peak or off-peak times:
Anytime Travelcard Valid for travel at anytime. Off-Peak Travelcard For travel after 9.30am Monday–Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Top Tip: An Off-Peak One Day Travelcard for zones 1–6 costs £10 with a Railcard .
Weekly Travelcards: 2023 prices
If you stay in London for 6–7 days and use the underground, trains, and buses every day, the weekly Travelcard is the most cost-effective travel pass.
The one-week pass including central London (zones 1-2) is £40.70.
- It can start on any day of the week
- It’s valid for travel at anytime; there is no peak or off-peak rate.
Most places sell weekly Travelcards loaded onto a plastic Oyster card. There’s a £7 fee for the Oyster card.
Your fare on an Oyster card will automatically cap at the weekly Travelcard fare (this is already available on contactless cards). The cap starts on Monday and ends Sunday, so it mainly benefits Londoners or those working in London.
Weekly Travelcard fares 2023
- See weekly Travelcards prices for all other zones (2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Monthly Travelcards: 2023 prices
For longer stays in London, monthly Travelcards are available. You won’t save much compared to buying 4 x weekly Travelcards – but you’ll save time renewing it. Like the weekly Travelcard, it can start on any day of the week and is valid for travel at any time. See monthly Travelcard prices for all other zones (2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Monthly Travelcards 2023
Where to buy travelcards.
One day, weekly and monthly Travelcards are available from:
Travelcards are available from all underground station ticket machines (there are no longer any underground tickets offices). The busier stations in central London have staff to help you use the machines.
Local shops and newsagents
Travelcards are also available from Oyster ticket stops . These are newsagents and local shops licensed to sell London transport tickets and Oyster cards. One Day Travelcards are not available from Oyster ticket stops.
London train stations
One Day Travelcards are available from all London train station ticket offices and ticket macines. Paper weekly and monthly Travelcards are no longer available from train stations . They are available to buy, but they are loaded onto an Oyster card and may only be available from ticket machines, not ticket offices.
London Transport Visitor Centres
Victoria, Kings Cross/St Pancras International, Heathrow, Liverpool St & Piccadilly Circus Visitor centres are open on certain days
How to use a Travelcard
On the underground.
If you have a paper One Day Travelcard or single ticket from a ticket machine, insert the card into the slot on the front of the ticket barrier. The barrier opens when you take the ticket from behind the yellow reader, on the top.
If you have a paper One Day Travelcard, just show it to the driver when boarding the bus.
See How to use an Oyster card if you have a weekly Travelcard on an Oyster card.
Top Tip: Do you want a cheaper way to travel around central London? If you only travel by bus , it costs £5.25 per day or £24.70 per week.
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