Fare deal? London public transport up to 15 times more expensive than other European capitals

  • A single ticket in London is almost three times more than the average ticket price across Europe
  • Berlin offers the fairest fare offering the closest to average price
  • Moscow and Prague are over 7 times cheaper than London
  • Travelling one way in London and Dublin is considerably more expensive than any other European capital
  • Stockholm hikes the prices up for weekend tourists, whilst Barcelona and Brussels stick it to weekly ticket holders

London, June 20, 2017. London public transport pricing is off the rails as it boasts the most expensive inner city travel across Europe, new research reveals.

A single ticket in London is more than 15 times more expensive than the 39p single ticket in Bucharest, Romania. Instead of travelling just one way on restricted zones in London, you can travel for a week and a half around Bucharest.

The research, conducted by money saving website Voucherbox, examines the cost of public transport within 20 European capital cities. While the average price of a single ticket across Europe is £2.11, London travellers can expect to be met with a fare of £5.90 – that’s almost three times more.

Infographic showing London public transport up to 15 times more expensive than other European capitals

Visitors to Berlin can be happy that the German capital offers the most fairly priced public transport, coming out closest to the combined average of single, day and weekly tickets (£36.64).

Whilst Bucharest is renowned as a cheap holiday destination, the surprising findings come from Moscow which offers the second cheapest city centre travel along with Prague, both over 7 times cheaper than London.

Dublin is not too far behind London in the pricey stakes. A single ticket in Dublin is 34% more expensive than a single in notoriously pricey Stockholm, setting you back £5.24 in comparison to £3.92.

This isn’t to suggest that the Swedish capital is cheap by any means. Public transport prices are making the most of the weekend tourist trade by charging high single and day tickets, in comparison to weekly ticket prices over a third cheaper (39%) than a London weekly.

This is the opposite to Barcelona and Brussels who are in the top three of most expensive weekly tickets, both over £40, while the price of single and day tickets are middle-of-the-road.

Sezer Yurdakul, Global Head of Online Marketing at Voucherbox stated; “London is pricey for both residents and visitors alike, unfortunately this isn’t surprising. What is shocking is the disparity of pricing between London and other European capitals – some equally renowned for being just as, if not more, costly.

It’s worth checking the prices out before booking, especially if holidaying on a budget. The research shows that southeastern Europe will give you more fare for your buck. Also consider the costs in comparison to other modes of transport, such as car hire. This 10% off car hire at Holiday Autos will also help you save a pretty penny.”

*Prices and conversions correct as of May/June 2017.