London's Congestion Charge

The Congestion Charge applies to most vehicles entering central London. Make sure you know how it might affect your visit.
  • The Congestion Charge applies between 7.00 and 22.00, seven days a week, except Christmas Day.

  • The Congestion Charge costs £15 if you pay in advance or on the same day.

  • Drivers now also have up to three days after the day of travel to pay the daily charge at a higher rate of £17.50.

  • You can pay the congestion charge online, by auto pay, or by telephone.

  • If you do not pay the Congestion Charge you will be sent a fine for £160.

  • Most disabled drivers are exempt from the Congestion Charge, as are mortorbikes, mopeds and bicycles.

  • Certain vehicles qualify for an Ultra Low Emissions Discount (ULED).

The Congestion Charge, Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) have been reintroduced. There had been a temporary suspension of charges due to coronavirus. The Congestion Charge has temporarily increased to £15 and the hours of operation have been extended to 7am to 10pm, seven days a week. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

Prices

How much is the Congestion Charge?

The Congestion Charge is now temporarily £15. It applies between 07.00 and 22.00 seven days a week if you pay in advance or on the same day. Drivers can pay a slightly higher rater of £17.50 up to three days after the day of travel. See the table below for full details. The charge is not in operation on Christmas Day.

Day Time Congestion Charge Fee
Monday - Sunday 07.00 – 22.00 £15.00*
Monday - Sunday 07.00 – 22.00 £17.50**
Christmas Day All day Free

* If you pay in advance or by midnight on the day of travel.

** If you pay up to three days after the day of travel.

How to pay the Congestion Charge

You can pay online up to 90 days in advance, on the day of travel or by midnight the next charging day.

As well as online, you can pay the Congestion Charge via CC Auto Pay, by telephone and even by text message once you've registered online.

Map of the Congestion Charge Zone

Where does the Congestion Charge apply?

If you want to know where the Congestion Charge starts, download the Congestion Charge Zone map.

As you enter the zone, you will see a large letter "C" in a red circle.

London's congestion charge zone currently covers the following areas: 

  • St. James's
  • Waterloo
  • Borough
  • City of London
  • Clerkenwell
  • Covent Garden
  • Fitzrovia
  • Charing Cross
  • London Bridge
  • Holborn
  • Finsbury
  • Bloomsbury
  • Soho
  • Mayfair
  • Westminster
  • parts of Marylebone, Lambeth and Southwark.

When does the Congestion Charge apply?

The Congestion Charge applies between 07.00 and 22.00, seven days a week.

Saturdays and Sundays

The Congestion Charge is now temporarily in operation on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bank Holidays

The Congestion Charge is now temporarily in operation on Bank Holidays and days between Christmas and New Year.

Penalties

If you haven't paid the Congestion Charge when you should have, you'll be sent a Penalty Charge Notice for £160. You will need to pay this fine within 28 days. If you pay within 14 days, you will receive a 50% discount and will only have to pay £80.

Exemptions

People living within the congestion zone receive a 90 per cent discount on the charge, although you must be a registered resident to qualify.

Blue Badge holders qualify for a 100 per cent exemption from the Congestion Charge but you must register with Transport for London and pay £10 before travelling. (Blue Badge is a British parking scheme for disabled drivers).

Disabled drivers that are exempt from road tax are exempt from the Congestion Charge and do not have to register.

Motorbikes, mopeds and bicycles are exempt, there's also a Cleaner Vehicle Discount for some electric and plug-in hybrid cars and vehicles with nine or more seats. For full information on London congestion charge discounts and exemptions visit TfL's Congestion Charge page.

Additional charges

Some vehicles that are more polluting may face additional charges when driving within the Ultra Low Emissions Zone. Check our driving in London section for more information.