Find answers to questions about using KeyGo and other Key Smartcard FAQs when you travel in and out of London with Thameslink.
Travelling with KeyGo
If your journey with us is delayed by 15 minutes or more, you can claim compensation under our Delay Repay scheme. With the Key Smartcard you can benefit from Auto Delay Repay. We can in many cases, tell when you may have been delayed and let you know when you're owed compensation.
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If you already hold a Smart Season ticket and you travel further within the KeyGo area, you will only be charged for the additional part of your journey by KeyGo. You must ensure you tap at both ends of your journey otherwise you may be charged an Incomplete Journey Charge.
Please check the map for where you are able to travel with KeyGo.
If you have Smart Day Ticket, you must tap in and out at the stations you have purchased to travel between to ensure your journey is attributed to that ticket. Any further journeys you make will be charged using KeyGo.
If you have not touched in or out, we will email you to inform you of the missing tap. You can then log into your account to amend the incomplete journeys. You will have up to the Wednesday following the date of travel to add the missing tap, otherwise a £25 Incomplete Journey Charge will be applied to your account. You can complete 3 journeys online in a 28-day period. After this you should contact Customer Services.
Where possible, we try to auto-fill your journeys based upon your regular journey patterns. If our system has auto-filled the wrong station, you can amend this through your online account.
You'll need to allow 2 hours from registration before you can make your first journey. As part of the registration process, you will have chosen a station to start your first journey. Just touch your Key Smartcard on the card reader at a station and touch out at any of stations in the KeyGo area. After your first journey, you can start travelling from any of the stations where KeyGo is accepted as shown on the map. You are not able to start your first journey on a bus.
Once chosen, it is not possible to change the station to start your first journey. You are not able to start your first journey on a bus.
KeyGo is valid on all Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink services within the KeyGo area.
KeyGo can also be used on Great Western Railway services between Redhill and Dorking Deepdene and between Warblington and Brighton.
It is not possible to start or end your KeyGo journey from Dorking Deepdene as there are no card readers at this station.
KeyGo is only valid for travel on Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern services in the KeyGo area. You are also allowed to use Great Western services between Redhill - Dorking Deepdene and Warblington - Brighton.
If you travel on another train service, Transport for London services (eg. tube), or beyond the KeyGo area, and do not have hold a valid Smart ticket (ie. Season Ticket) on your Key Smartcard, you may incur an Incomplete Journey Charge or a Penalty Fare.
Bus fares on KeyGo will be charged according to whether:
- you have used the train that day
- you have made any journeys within one or more KeyGo bus zones
- you have made single or multiple bus journeys
- you have used the train and bus in more than one KeyGo bus zone on the same day e.g. travelled by train between Brighton and Gatwick Airport having boarded buses either side of your train journey Journeys that have included train travel on the same day will be capped at the relevant PlusBus zone fare, providing your KeyGo is accepted within that bus zone. Read more information on PlusBus. If you've travelled by bus in more than one KeyGo bus zone there will be a multiple zonal price cap which will never be more than the price of 2 bus zones added together.
- Journeys that have not included train travel will be capped at the relevant day ticket for that bus zone. For more details, visit Metrobus or Brighton & Hove buses.
Once you have an open KeyGo account, take your Key Smartcard to a Payzone retailer to add £5-£100 credit and your online account will be updated. You can find your nearest Payzone location for KeyGo through this link:
Please note you must still have a valid payment card linked to your KeyGo account even if you use Payzone to top-up.
At the end of the day, we analyse all your entry and exit taps and apply the most appropriate fare for the journeys you made. The fare will be based upon the ticket types available that day and the time you travelled on our services and we will then charge you the best available ticket(s) for your journeys. Ticket types include: Peak, Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak, Day Singles, Day Returns, Travelcard and Oyster PAYG singles, routed 'Any Permitted, 'Southern only' or 'Thameslink only'.
Where your journeys occur within the London zones 1-6, we will Price Match with the equivalent Oyster zone day fare or Travelcard price.
If you have a child Key Smartcard, child fares will be charged.
Fares will be standard class only and it is not possible to apply Railcard discounts.
Journeys made on Gatwick Express and services between Merstham and Gatwick Airport will be charged the National Rail fare.