I have an off-peak return ticket which is marked:

To: U1256 LONDN

The ticket does not say "travelcard" anywhere.

Just what does that entitle me to in terms of LU travel? I'm scheduled to arrive into London Bridge – am I then able to travel to any station within the zones listed making any necessary line changes along the way? I can't recall if you have to go through barriers in order to change line, thus making it count as an 'exit'.

  • You normally have the option to add a travel card to a train ticket. I suspect that the ticket is not valid for any Underground journeys, merely it is valid on any train route that will get you to those locations (ie, not just the London Bridge train you are planning to get) – CMaster Apr 20 '16 at 13:22
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    @CMaster: AFAIU, a ticket to a London station of the traveler's choice would be issued to London Terminals. – Henning Makholm Apr 20 '16 at 13:29

Here is a forum thread where it is claimed that U1256 means a single connecting Underground journey in zones 1-6, whereas a ticket with an attached Travelcard would be issued as London zones 1-6.

Presumably what this means technically is that your ticket works as a single Underground ticket. Arriving at London Bridge you will go out through the NR gateline and then enter the Underground through its gateline. The ticket will stop being valid once you exit the Underground, except if you're making one of the out-of-station interchanges marked as valid for "magnetic" tickets.

For LU-to-LU interchanges it seems that this means only Bank/Monument, Wood Lane/White City, Hammersmith/Hammersmith, Euston Square/Euston, and internally between LU gatelines at Paddington and Kings Cross.

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    Thanks! I have also just managed to confirm this with National Rail - it is indeed an inclusive ticket for a Brighton-London journey PLUS a single underground trip (line changes permitted) anywhere from your NR station to any LU station in Zones 1-6. – Jacob Apr 20 '16 at 13:30
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    @Jacob how did you manage to confirm it? Can you share that with us as an answer? – CMaster Apr 20 '16 at 13:31
  • @CMaster I finally managed to get through to National Rail enquiries on the phone. They essentially confirmed the above forum post so for example my journey of Brighton-London Bridge-Shephard's Bush is valid on this type of fare provided I don't exit the underground between London Bridge and Shephard's Bush. – Jacob Apr 20 '16 at 13:35
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    @Jacob: Too late now, but for Shepherd's Bush it looks like it would be both quicker and cheaper to buy a ticket specifically for Shepherd's Bush with a change for Overground at Clapham Junction. – Henning Makholm Apr 20 '16 at 13:57

It is valid for one return journey. Here are the detailed rules for the ticket you purchased:


  • This is misleading. Assuming the asker has a return ticket, each half of the return ticket is valid for a single (one-way) journey on the underground. If they have a single ticket, then that is only valid for a one-way journey on the underground. (That is, a single Brighton--U1256 ticket is valid for Brighton--London Bridge--Wherever but not for Brighton--London Bridge--Wherever--London Bridge.) – David Richerby Apr 20 '16 at 17:05
  • @DavidRicherby The asker has a return ticket (governed by the fare I linked), not a single ticket – Calchas Apr 21 '16 at 8:05
  • Ah, I'd not noticed the comment saying they have a return: it's not obvious from the question. I'll edit that in. – David Richerby Apr 21 '16 at 8:14

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