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Group 1 Day Travelcards London 2016 – The Cheapest Transport Pass For Groups Of 10 Or More?

Author: Bob Handford

Summary of 1 Day Group Travelcard

The only group ticket for London\’s public transport in London is the 1 day Group Travelcard Ticket.

If you are a group of 10 or more, this ticket is worth benchmarking against other alternatives but normally only becomes attractive financially if your group is staying outside the centre of London (zones 1 and 3).

Up until the end of 2014 the group product was called the Group Day Ticket. The Group Day Ticket was replaced by the 1 Day Group Travelcard in 2015.
The 1 Day Group Travelcard is for most visitor groups much less attractive than the old ticket and has come as a shock financially to groups who come to London annually and were used to the much lower prices of the old ticket.

Key Aspects Of The Group Travelcard

–  You must have a minimum of 10 people and they all need to travel together. The 10 people can be a mix of adults and children

– The Group Travelcard is off-peak only, you cannot use its before 9:30 a.m. Mondays to Fridays. You can use them all day weekends and national holidays

– The smallest zone coverage of the Group Travelcard is zone 1-6, there is one other variant valid for zones 1-9

– The Group Travelcard is valid on all public transport that the standard Travelcard is valid for including buses, underground, DLR, Overground and trains.

– The Group Travelcard like the 1 Day Travelcard is valid for the calendar day, not 24 hours from first use.

– The child age band is under 16

– You cannot buy the product in advance before your arrival in London. You can only purchase from Underground Station ticket machines or Overground or TfL Rail station ticket offices and some National Rail stations that Tube and London Overground services run through – and only on the day of travel

– If you are not traveling beyond zones 1 to 3, a standard individual Oyster Card is cheaper than than the Group Travelcard

Purchasing 1 Day Group Travelcards

You can only buy Group Travelcards from Underground Station ticket machines on the day of travel.
You can also purchase from London Overground or TfL Rail station ticket offices and some National Rail stations that Tube and London Overground services run through.
You can use credit and debit cards to purchase.

1 Day Group Travelcard Prices 2016 & Alternative Products

Costs of the 1 Day Group Travelcard (per person) are detailed below. Like all tickets in London, fares are reviewed annually with the new fares introduced normally on January 2nd each year.

Don’t forget children under 11 travel free anyway on the Underground and Buses when accompanied.
Note a child needs to be under 16 to qualify for the child fare.

1 Day Group Travelcard Zones 1-6 1 Day Group Travelvard Zones 1-9
Adult £8.00 Child £4.00 Adult £8.60 Child £4.30

This compares with standard Off Peak 1 Day Travelcards for individuals

1 Day Off-Peak Travelcard Zones 1-6 1 Day Off Peak Travelcard Zones 1-9
Adult £12.10 Child £6.00 Adult £12.90 Child £6.40

1 Day standard Travelcards for individuals also have a peak product that allows you to travel before 9:30 a.m. Monday to Friday and also have tickets to cover zones 1-4 and zones 1-5.

1 Day Peak Travelcard Zones 1-4 1 Day Peak Travelcard Zones 1-5
Adult £12.10 Child £6.00 Adult £17.20 Child £8.60
1 Day Peak Travelcard Zones 1-6 1 Day Peak Travelcard Zones 1-9
Adult £17.20 Child £8.60 Adult £21.70 Child £10.80

Standard Travelcards are also available for 7 day durations.
7 day Travelcards are available for use at all times of day and again are available for smaller coverages of zones, including just zones 1-2 where most visitors spend their time. The 7 day child Travelcard requires an Oyster 11-15 ID card or if buying from a national railway station in London a railways id card which is free but requires a passport size photo.

7 Day Travelcard Zones 1-2 7 Day Travelcard Zones 1-4
Adult £32.40 Child £16.20 Adult £46.50 Child £23.30
7 Day Travelcard Zones 1-6 7 Day Travelcard Zones 1-9
Adult £59.10 Child £29.60 Adult £84.20 Child £42.10

And lastly Oyster Cards for 1 day durations have a lower daily cap than 1 day Travelcards, so for adults at least an Oyster will always be cheaper for individual 1 day Travelcards and will be cheaper than adult 1 day Group Travelcards if you only need to travel within zones 1-3.

For children under 16 its more complicated but for short term visitors the most popular option is an adult Oyster loaded with a Young Persons Discount. This gives half price adult fares and caps for a period of 2 weeks only.
The Young Persons Discount is explained on our child fares page.

1 Day Oyster Cap Zones 1-2 1 Day Oyster Cap Zones 1-4
Adult £6.50 Adult £9.30
1 Day Oyster Cap Zones 1-6 1 Day Oyster Cap Zones 1-9
Adult £11.80 Adult £11.90/£16.90

Oyster Card – In depth explanation of Oyster Cards

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Travelcards – In depth explanation of individual Travelcards

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Summary

The  1 day Group Travelcard is not a clear cut ticket of choice for groups, especially for those staying in the centre of London (zones 1-3) and not venturing outside these zones.

–  If you are staying in zones 1 to 3 and not traveling outside these zones then the Group Travelcard is more expensive than individual ticket alternatives.

Still Confused - Discuss With Bob!

If there is an aspect of the group ticket you need clarifying I’m happy to give advice when I can.
Just enter your query in the discussion panel below and I’ll normally get back to you within 24 hours.
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  • Harshita Lall

    how can I buy an oyster card witha travel card loaded for unlimited travel by bus and tube?
    what do you suggest is the cheapest option if i want bus and tube travel, as well as cheapest way to get to Brick Lane in Centrral London from Heathrow? Is there anyhing that is “all inclusive” in this sense?

    • Bob

      Where are you staying in London exactly and how many days are you in London

      • Harshita Lall

        Hi!
        I’m staying at Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets. I will be in London (with 5 friends) for a week, between 22-29th December

        • Bob

          The cheapest option will be to buy an Oyster Card at Heathrow Underground Station
          At the ticket machine I would suggest purchasing a 7 day Travelcard zone 1-2 covering all travel in Central London and I would suggest £10 on the Oyster as one transaction to cover the airport transfers
          Both will be dispensed by the machine on the same Oyster

          At the end of the trip cancel the Oyster on a ticket machine to get your £5 deposit refunded plus any cash left on the Oyster

          • Harshita Lall

            Thank you Bob! Really appreciate it!

          • Harshita Lall

            Bob, could you also tell me what the cheapest way is to go to Windsor castle and oxford from Brick Lane?

  • Mo

    can i use the Group travel card on the Red buses? and if so what number bus can i catch from the Premier Inn on Bath Road to Hounslow west tube station

    • Bob

      You can use it on the red London buses
      The most frequent buses between the Premier inn and Hounslow West are the 81 and 22, but any bus I think except the 105 and 111 going in that direction will do.

      • Mo

        Does the Group Ticket also have a daily Cap ? and if so what is it.

        • Bob

          The Group Ticket is a flat fee, the purchase price

          • Mo

            so we are able to use this as many times we want on the day to travel back and forth from attractions and the hotel

          • Bob

            Yes

          • Mo

            thanks

  • Mo

    So that means we will be travelling in from Zone 6, but seeing all the sights within zones 1-2 throughout the day, then travelling back to the hotel Zone 6 in the evening.
    How do the costs work out

    • Bob

      You can buy the Group Travelcard in advance now from Viist Britain at:

      https://www.visitbritainshop.com/world/group-day-london-travelcard/

      • Mo

        Is that the best option for me financially or the individual Oyster cards

        • Bob

          If you used an Oyster Card the maximum fares for the day would be £11.80 from Heathrow and £11.00 if you got the bus and travelled in from Hounslow West

          The kids would be half this but you’d have to load the Young Persons Discount onto the Oyster at either Heathrow or Hounslow West Underground Stations

  • Mo

    I am looking to tavel in from the Premier Inn on Bath road. I have a group of 13 consisting of
    8 Adults
    3 children under 11
    2 children aged 15 & 13

    We intend to travel into london on the following dates 27th, 28th December 2016
    Can you please advise on the best ticket for us, considering the 1 day group travel card cant be purchased in advance

  • vanesa

    hello bob
    i am traveling with one child.. from worthing to sidcup.. friday to sunday we will be traveling into london over those days
    which tickets would you recommend.

  • Jason

    Hi

    I will be travelling to London from 1 to 3 Dec and 7 to 11 Dec with 4 adults,2 child aged 9 and 14. Which is the best option for us for the purchase of the Oyster Card?

    • Bob

      Just buy 5 standard Oyster Cards
      For the 14 year old get a member of staff at an Underground Station to load a Young Persons Discount on their Oyster for half price fares and fare caps
      The 9 year old travels free without a ticket on the red buses, underground, DLR and railway services run by TFL the Overground and TFLRail but not the national railways

  • Marjo

    Hi Bob,
    I’m teacher from Finland and I travel with 12 students (17-18 years) to London 9th January 2017 for four days. Is it best to buy Oyster or travelcards? We stay only between 1-2 zones.

    • Bob

      For 4 days in zone 1-2 just get a standard Oyster Card each
      For visitors, travelers over 15 are classified as adults

      The fares are reviewed each year on January 1st
      I havn’t seen the detail yet but the headlines reported are that fares will go up around 2% and there are no significant changes in the rules and regulations, though the detail has yet to be made publicly available

  • Shona

    Hi there,
    Would I be able to buy a 1 day travel card for zones 1-6 from welwyn garden city train station tomorrow morning at 8am for that day ….and would you know how much it would be?? Thanks in advance shona

    • Bob

      No you will have to wait until you get into London or if you are doing a day return you will be able to buy a day return ticket bundledc with a Travelcard

      If

  • tafforeau

    hello
    we are coming the 12 of us for one day
    4 of us have oyster cards ans children beyond 12 , so ok for us
    the other family has no oyster card ,1 child beyond 12 et 2 older
    We will stay in zone 1
    what would be the cheapest tickets for them?

    • Bob

      For zone 1
      Children under 11 travel free travelling without a ticket
      For all others buy an Oyster Card each if they do not have one already
      Its basically £2.40 per Underground journey and £1.50 per bus journey until you hit £6.50 after which subsequent travel is free

      For the adults if they have a credit or credit card tied to a UK bank account sipporting contactless payment you can use the card as an Oyster Card and be levied Oyster fares

      For kids 11-15 years old get a member of staff to load a Young Persons Discount on their Oysters which gives half price adult fares

      If you are coming in by train or have FGriends & family railcards there may be a better deal

      • tafforeau

        Thanks a lot we are Coming from lille on the Eurostar but I don’t think they are providing cheaper tickets … I ll ring them to be sure .
        Can we get the unused money back te sqme evenîng ( 20£ the oyster card -6,50£ for the day )

        • Bob

          You get any cash left on the Oysters plus a £5 deposit refunded when you cancel the Oysters at a ticket machine at the end

          I think Eurostar sell Oysters – they are Visitors Oysters if they do.
          They are the same as standard Oyster s you get from the ticket machines at St Pancras Underground but insteaad of a £5 refundable deposit you pay a £3 non refundable admin charge.
          You can get the cash left on the Oysters refunded (up to £10) on both

  • Laura

    Hi Bob,
    I am a teacher and bringing a group from Greece to London on wednesday 16th of November (next week!). In the group we are 4 adults and 7 kids between 13-16. We will be staying in zone 1 and travelling within zone 1 and 2. My concern is that in order to get to some sights we will need to change trains and i have estimated that in order to go and come back from 2 tourist attractions we may need to board 4 different lines (for example, leave the hotel in Paddington Station, go to Madame Tussaud’s in Baker street, then leave go to Westminster, then to South Kensington to a museum and then come back to hotel). Should we just buy Day group tickets instead so we can go on as many trains needed each day or should i better use a bus if we need to use the train a 4th time in a day?
    And the second question is if we are charged again if we change trains trying to get to the right station (for example from Paddington Station to go to Green park we need to change lines at St Pancras – would that be considered 2 different charges on the cards?)
    Thank you very much in advance

    • Bob

      First of all the child ticket age range is 11 to 15, so any 16 year olds are classified as adults
      Its not worth getting a Group Travelcard if you are just travelling in the centre of London (zones 1-2)

      So just buy 11 oyster cards from a ticket machine on arrival at the first Underground Station you come to including Heathrow Airport

      For the kids aged 13-15 after purchasing the Oysters you will need to find a member of staff to load a Young Persons Discount on their Oyster Cards which gives half price Oyster adult fares

      In terms of fares in Central London (zone 1) its £2.40 per underground journey and £1.50 per bus journey until you reach £6.50 after which any further travel that day is free (half these for the kids)

      There is a £5 deposit on each Oyster which is refunded when you cancel the Oyters at a ticket machine and you’ll get refunded also up to £10 per card of Oyster cash left on the card.

      A journey starts when you swipe your Oyster on entering a station and finishes when you swipe to exit at your destination. You can change trains as often as you like within the system, the fare is calculated from the station you entered the system to the station where you exited the system

      • Laura

        thank you very much Bob for your prompt reply. Just wanted to ask one more question. I checked birth dates of kids and i have 5 adults over 16 and 6 under 16. we need the oyster cards from Wednesday evening when we arrive till Monday lunch time. how much money do you estimate i need to bring with me for the oyster cards? Since i can’t book them from now but at a station there, i need to estimate the money so i have it with me in pounds. Thank you in advance

        • Bob

          Will you be using the Oysters just in the centre of London (zone 1) or will you be using them for journeys outside like the airports, Harry Potter or Hampton Court?

          • Laura

            Just zone 1 where all the main attractions are. Only one time we will be using the train from Greenwich, which is i think in zone 2, right?
            We are arriving in Stansted airport and leaving from Gatwick, both of which I think require different tickets,right?

          • Bob

            In the centre using an Oyster its £2.40 each train journey and £1.50 bus journey until you hit £6.50 after which further travel that day is free

            Half price for the people with the Young Persons Discount

            You can use Oysters on the train to Gatwick but probably best if you buy separate train or airport bus tickets – you should be able to pick-up group fares on most of these

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