London was the world's first major city to introduce a Congestion Charge to reduce the flow of traffic into and around the city centre.
The Congestion Charge comes into effect on weekdays between certain times of the day and in various locations within Central London. You must pay the Congestion Charge to avoid receiving a fine of £130, but some drivers and vehicles are exempt or qualify for discounts.
How Much is the Congestion Charge?
The Congestion Charge applies between 07:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday and is cheaper if you pay in advance. See table below for full details. The charge is not in operation on weekday evenings, weekends, Bank Holidays and days between Christmas and New Year.
|Day||Time||Congestion Charge Fee|
|Monday - Friday||07.00 – 18.00||£11.50*|
|Monday - Friday||07.00 – 18.00||£14.00**|
|Monday - Friday||0700 – 18.00||£10.50***|
|Monday - Friday||After 18.00 and before 07.00||Free|
|Saturday - Sunday||All day||Free|
|Bank Holidays||All day||Free|
|Christmas Day - New Year’s Day||All day||Free|
* If you pay in advance or by midnight on the day of travel.
**If you pay by midnight the following charging day (if you travel on a Friday you have until midnight on the following Monday to pay). You can pay the following charging day only via the Transport for London website or call centre.
***If you've registered for Congestion Charge Auto Pay (CC Auto Pay).
Where the Congestion Charge Applies
London's congestion charge zone currently covers the following areas:
- St. James's
- City of London
- Covent Garden
- Charing Cross
- London Bridge
- parts of Marylebone, Lambeth and Southwark
As you enter the zone, you will see a large letter "C" in a red circle.
Exemptions and Discounts
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 an Ultra Low Emission 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.
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.