Travel advice for young people
We want you to feel safe, whether it's at the bus stop on the way to school or college, waiting for a train on the platform or simply exploring London. We're committed to improving the safety and security of young people travelling.
Travelling in LondonThe chances of becoming a victim of crime are low, particularly considering the millions of people that travel every day.
You may still sometimes feel vulnerable when travelling, which is why we are taking steps to better understand and respond to your concerns.
If you have any travel safety and security concerns or would like to report an incident, please contact us.
There are a number of ways to report incidents or discuss concerns with us at TfL or the police. You can even report crime anonymously.
Looking out for you
TfL-funded police officers regularly engage with young people. They're keen to discuss concerns and looking at ways of making you feel even safer and more secure on your journey.
There are local Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Teams in every London Borough to keep you safe when you travel.
These officers work alongside the British Transport Police, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Safer Schools officers who are there to deal with any safety and security concerns you have about transport or travelling.
Crime and antisocial behaviour
The vast majority of young people are considerate and law-abiding. However, there is a small minority of young people who act irresponsibly on the transport network - but we have measures in place to tackle this behaviour.
Young people make up a significant proportion of people travelling on public transport, and we know they can sometimes feel more vulnerable or susceptible to crimes such as sexual offences, theft, robbery or bullying.
However, serious violence is extremely rare and should not deter you from travelling.
- See what TfL is doing to keep you safe
- Increase your personal safety and confidence when travelling
- Find out about the 99 per cent campaign
Be Responsible, be considerate
Sometimes young people in groups can be intimidating to other passengers - behaviour like being loud, messing about or pushing to get on or off the bus. Think about the people around you and how your behaviour could affect them.
Our Safety and Citizenship Team work with schools to educate young people how to be safe and responsible around buses and public transport
If you're concerned about crime or antisocial behaviour, also have a look at the Metropolitan Police's Safe website.
If you commit crime or antisocial behaviour on the transport system, you're breaching our behaviour code and could lose your free travel privileges.
Earn your travel back
If you've had your Zip Oyster photocard removed for breaching the Behaviour Code, you can earn it back by volunteering in your local community.