Travelling on the London Underground with Children

The idea of travelling on the London Underground with children might send shivers through some people it is actually a fun way for them to travel. It might be one of the only times they get to travel this way and there are a few things you can do to make it a little more enjoyable. 

How much does it cost? 

Under 11 years

Children under 11 can travel free on Tube, DLR and London Overground, Tfl Rail and some National Rail services when accompanied by an adult using a valid Visitor Oyster card or Travelcard ticket. 

If you’re using a Visitor Oyster card, you must touch in and touch out as normal but ask a member of staff to let your family through the side gate.

11-15 years

If you're travelling with children aged 11-15, buy a Visitor Oyster card before you leave home and, when you arrive in London, you can ask a member of our staff to add a Young Visitor discount to a Visitor Oyster card at:

• most Tube stations
• TfL’s 8 Visitor Centres
• Victoria National Rail station ticket office

The Young Visitor discount gives your child half adult rate pay as you go discount for up to 14 days.

You can also buy Day Travelcards, Group Day Travelcards (as part of a group of 10 or more people) and 7 Day Travelcards for children aged 11 to 15.

Safety is key when travelling with children, this includes the London Underground. Never allow them to leave your side even for a second no matter how sensible they are. The underground can seem daunting to adults let alone children. 

As long as you explain to them a few simple rules everyone should be fine. More and more stations are adding in step-free access for buggies and wheelchairs so consider these stations when planning your route. 

If you want a smooth journey then all parents know that if you give them a task or activity it usually helps matters. A couple of my favourites are looking out for unusual things like the elephant at Waterloo station, or how about giving them a tube map and ticking off the stations that they stop at. One of my top picks is looking out for the different labyrinths at each station. The full list can be found here.  

If it all gets a bit too much then this final map might help you, it's the walking map which shows you the walking time between each station and might actually save you time.