Congestion charge and T-charge

Congestion charge

It costs £11.50 a day to drive into the Congestion Charging Zone between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday if you pay in advance or on the same day (or £14 if you pay the following day). However, residents, blue badge holders and some vehicles including electric ones are entitled to a discount or exemption. If you live in or drive in the zone regularly, it is worth getting a weekly, monthly or annual ticket which will give substantial discounts.

Congestion Charging Auto Pay is an automated payment system which records the days you enter the zone and charges you accordingly monthly. If you register for this with TfL, you will not have to remember to pay every time, thereby reducing the likelihood of a fine and this also means you will only pay £10.50 per day, a discount of almost 10%.


Older vehicles driving in central London now need to meet minimum European emission standards or pay an extra daily charge in addition to the Congestion Charge. The T-Charge (officially known as the Emissions Surcharge) operates in the Congestion Charge zone and costs £10. If your vehicle is registered for any discount from the Congestion Charge, other than the 9+ Seater discount, you will automatically benefit from the same discount from the T-Charge.  Full details are available on TfL’s website.