Oyster card

It’s easy for you to travel around London on Thameslink and Great Northern, National Rail and Transport for London (TfL) services with your Oyster card, without the hassle of buying a ticket everytime.

From 16 September you will also be able to use your contactless payment card on the bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

More about contactless travel

How do I buy an Oyster card and top up my credit?

You can buy your Oyster card from any TfL approved outlet, London Underground stations and from the TfL website.

Top up your Oyster card credit by using the self-service ticket machines at Thameslink and Great Northern stations within the London Travelcard area, at a London Underground station or approved shops in the London area.

You can also top your Oyster card up online on the TfL website and there’s an option to set up Automatic top-up when your balance falls below £10.

The cheapest fare will automatically be debited for your journey. If you’re travelling between 06:30 and 09:30 or 16:00 and 19:00 on Monday to Friday, you’ll be charged the anytime fare.

What’s an Oyster Travelcard Season ticket?

You can buy an Oyster Travelcard Season ticket which will give you unlimited journeys on National Rail, London Overground, London Underground, buses, Docklands Light Railway and Tramlink service within London Zones 1-9.

I’ve got a Railcard, what do I need to do?

If you’ve got a Railcard, you’ll need to register it to your Oyster card so you get 34% off the off-peak daily price cap. Oyster gives you a discount on the following railcards:

  • 16-25 Railcard
  • Senior Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard
  • HM Forces Railcard
  • Family and Friends Railcard
  • Network Railcard

 What do I need to know about Oyster capping?

Capping is part of pay as you go and lets you make a number of journeys in one day but you won’t pay more than a certain amount so the cost is capped. Every time you travel, your card is charged but once the capped amount of fares reaches a certain amount, you won’ pay over that.

More about Oyster capping

Questions or problems with your Oyster card? Call Oyster customer services on 0845 330 9876 or textphone 0207 027 8511. Find out more on the Transport for London website

Oyster conditions of use