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 is £11.50 per day for driving between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, if you pay in advance or by midnight on the day of travel. The congestion charge is £14 if you pay by midnight the following charging day. You can pay the following charging day only via the Transport for London website or call centre. If you're registered for Congestion Charge Auto Pay (CC Auto Pay), you'll be charged £10.50. If you travel on a Friday you have until midnight on the following Monday to pay.
There is no congestion charge after 6pm or at weekends.
You must pay the congestion charge to avoid receiving a fine of £130.
Where and When 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.
The charge applies between 07:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
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 on +44 (0)845 900 1234 and even by text message once you've registered online.