This fare finder tool is provided as an alternative to the Single Fare Finder found on the TfL website. The actual fares data is derived from the same open data source, so you can be confident that the results are the same. We have made a number of improvements to the useability of the tool and added some additional information which we think is useful. The main improvements are listed below.
Station List: There are two main issues with the station list on the TfL site. Firstly, quite a few stations are listed more than once even though they are the same physical station. An example is Kensal Green which is listed as both an Underground and a Rail station. The Bakerloo line and Overground trains both use the same platforms, and fares to everywhere are exactly the same whichever service you use. We only list the station once. Secondly there is an issue with many National Rail stations which have more than one word in the name. Try entering ‘East Croydon’ and you’ll see a long list of stations containing ‘east’ appear after entering the ‘s’, but not East Croydon itself. That will only appear once you’ve entered the ‘n’, at which point the list changes to anything including ‘Croydon’. Again this is fixed in our list.
Touch-In Time: We highlight the fact that the only time which matters is the touch in time at the origin station when deciding whether a standard (peak) fare or a reduced (off-peak) fare is charged.
Reverse Button: The peak charging times often differ depending on the direction of the journey so we have provided a reverse button to quickly show the same journey but the other way around.
Zonal Coverage: This is a key addition to our tool. Above each route is the range of zones covered by the fare charged for that route. This can be used to determine which cap will apply as a result of making that journey (as long as other journeys don’t go further out). It can also confirm whether the journey will be covered by a travelcard stored on the Oyster card. Finally it can help decode which route is meant by the ‘default route’. There are some journeys for which fares cover a surprising range of zones. Finsbury Park (2) to Hackney Central/Downs (2) is described as a zone 2-3 fare because the default route thinks you’ll change at Seven Sisters (3). If you have a zone 1-2 travelcard then you’ll probably want to touch the pink reader at Highbury & Islington (2) so you aren’t charged any extra. The data for this feature is provided by TfL at the time of each fare revision.
Caps: Below each route we list the cap(s) which will apply (see above). Caps are provided for all Oyster journeys and also for contactless only journeys providing only one end is beyond zone 6. If both ends are beyond zone 6 then extension fares will apply above the cap for whichever end results in the cheapest overall charge. In this case we can’t advise what the cap may be.