London has the most expensive public transport in the world, claims research

A Tube ticket in London is more than twice the price of a comparable ticket in almost every other major city in the world

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London mayoral hopeful Tessa Jowell has released research that reveals that London has the highest public transport fares in the world, when compared with other global cities.

London beat the other top 20 cities in the world, such as New York, Paris and Hong Kong, to claim the dubious title.

A Zone 1-6 Tube ticket in London at a peak time costs travellers £5.10. Using this long journey as a benchmark, the research found that tickets in London are more than twice the price of almost every city in the top 20 - excluding Washington DC, where the equivalent single fare is £3.79.

Putting it in comparison, the research found that this London ticket is four times the cost of a comparable fare in Paris, three times more than New York, and ten times more expensive than Moscow.


Ms Jowell, who is campaigning to be chosen as the Labour party's candidate for London Mayor, said: "More affordable public transport is important for many interconnected reasons. It's time Londoners are given a break from ever-rising prices."

If she becomes Mayor, Jowell intends to freeze fares, introduce a flat Tube fare of £2.30 everywhere on weekends, and introduce one hour bus tickets, which will allow passengers to pay for one ticket that they can use on any bus for an hour.

Tessa Jowell speaks at a Labour party mayoral hustings in London

Zone 6 is the outer reaches of London, and this fare is not representative of more typical journeys within central London and between the inner zones.

However, even more common fares are still some of the most expensive in the world. A Zone 1-3 peak single ticket, a fairly common commuting route, is £3.30 -  more than double the price of a Paris Metro ticket or a New York subway ticket.