What do the London zones 1, 2, And 3 mean?


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The zones you are referring to are Transport For London's "travel zones". These are used to divide up the London travel map into zones that denote the price of travel in the capital.

What do the London "zones" mean?
Zone 1 is the most central area of London on the tube map. It covers stations like Baker Street, Oxford Circus, and Victoria - and some of the main shopping areas and transport hubs are located within its boundaries.

Zone 1 is the costliest zone to travel in, and the more zones you include on your Oyster Card, the more money it will cost you.

There are 9 zones in total, and  - if you include the suburban town of Watford Junction in your travels - then the most expensive Zone 1-9 + Watford Junction ticket would cost you an eye-watering £79.20 a week.

Given that so many Londoners commute to work, transport zones also have an effect on property and rental prices. The general rule is that, the closer you are to zone 1, the higher the house prices will be.

For more info, you can check out the London tube map here, and TFL ticket prices here.

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