How to Pay Congestion Charges in London

If you drive in London city centre between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., you will have to pay the congestion charge, which in June 2010 stood at £8 (around U.S. £7). Although there are a number of different ways to pay, you should keep a record of your vehicle’s number plate and the date or dates for which you owe the payment.

Pay online by visiting the Transport for London website. Register with the website to track your payments, or pay up to 90 days before your visit to London. You can also pay on the day of your visit, or up to midnight of the next charging day.

Pay from your mobile phone by registering on the Transport for London website or by calling 011-44-845-900-1234. If registering online, you must also activate your account by calling this number.

Pay by telephone using your credit or debit card by calling 0845-900-1234 from the U.K. (or 011-44-207-649-9122 from a United States number). Lines are open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time (Greenwich Mean Time) on Saturdays, and between 6 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on all other days.

Pay by automated telephone service by calling 0845-900-1234 from the U.K. (or 011-44-207-649-9122 from a United States number). Registered users can pay by keying in their customer number, PIN and payment details.

Pay in cash by looking for a shop displaying either the Congestion Charging or epay logos. Use the Transport For London online shop locator to find the closest shop to you.

Pay by post, but only if you are paying at least 10 days in advance of your visit. Download, print, complete and return the Postal Payment Form available on the Transport for London website.

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Rita Kennedy is a writer and researcher based in the United Kingdom. She began writing in 2002 and her work has appeared in several academic journals including "Memory Studies," the "Journal of Historical Geography" and the "Local Historian." She holds a Ph.D. in history and an honours degree in geography from the University of Ulster.