If you’re travelling to a London Underground station that does not share a connection with a UK rail station then you will need to select the zone your station is in when buying tickets. You can buy these tickets from our app, from our website, and from ticket vending machines at our stations.

How to buy a return to a London Underground station when travelling from outside London zones 1 – 6

  • First, check which zone the station you require is in. You can check the zones for TfL stations here
  • In the buy tickets panel, type in “Zone” and a drop down list will appear for you to select the option which covers all the zones you need to travel through
  • Select an option with a U before the zone you require. The number after the U and the last number would indicate which zones you can travel between. For example “Zone U1256” is a single/return through train and tube ticket to zones 1-6

Popular London Underground zone codes for c2c customers

Zone 1 = Zone U1234

Use this code if you’re travelling by train and tube to zone 1. For example, if you’re going to Westminster or Southwark.

Zone 2 = Zone U2356

Use this code if you’re travelling by train and tube to zone 2. For example if you’re going to Canary Wharf or Canada Water.

Zone 3 = Zone U3456

Use this code if you’re travelling by train and tube to zone 3. For example if you’re going to London City Airport or Custom House for ExCel.

Zone 4 = Zone U456

Use this code if you’re travelling by train and tube to zone 4. For example if you’re going to Gospel Oak or Wanstead Park via Barking and not going through Zone 3, eg West Ham or Stratford.

Would you prefer a Travelcard?

If you’re buying an Anytime or Off-Peak rail ticket to London, it may be cheaper to buy a Peak or Off-Peak Travelcard for travel within London. This will allow you to travel on the Tube, DLR, Tramlink and buses, as well as local trains.

Find out how to add a Travelcard to your train ticket here.

Travelling solely inside the London Zone area? Use Contactless/Oyster instead

We recommend that you travel with contactless or Oyster if you are travelling solely within zones 1 – 6 and extended Oyster PAYG area.