Contactless Pay As You Go (PAYG)
Contactless payment cards can be used to travel on most National Rail services in London, as well as bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail. Fares and daily caps in London Zones 1-9 are the same as with Oyster PAYG.
Just touch your debit or credit card on a yellow card reader to pay for your journey, the same as you would with your Oyster card. Always remember to touch in and out.
With Contactless there is no need to top up or queue for tickets at the station. It makes getting around the capital so easy.
It’s normally the same price as using an Oyster card, and the cost is capped in London Zones 1-9 so you can make several trips in one day. Details of caps can be found on the TfL website.
For more details on using Contactless card including registering it please visit contactless.tfl.gov.uk.
Contactless PAYG extensions
- St Albans City
- Luton Airport Parkway
- Welwyn Garden City
These extensions allow customers to customers to use either a contactless card or a mobile device to pay for travel.
As Contactless PAYG is based on single fares, there are occasions where it may not be the cheapest option for your combination of journeys. Details of PAYG single fares can here found here.
There are some important differences to be aware of:
These stations will not be included in the advertised London Travelcard zones; instead it offers customers and alternative way to pay for their travel using PAYG
Season tickets will not be available using Contactless along the extended route. If you normally buy a season ticket you are advised to continue to buy this using the Key Smartcard or a paper ticket
Whilst a daily cap will apply from Radlett; it is important to be aware that it will not always be cheaper than buying a return paper ticket. There will also be a weekly price cap for those using a Contactless card or mobile device; but it will still be cheaper to buy a season ticket on the Key Smartcard or paper
Price caps do not currently apply for journeys from St Albans City, Harpenden, Luton Airport Parkway, Hatfield, and Welwyn Garden City, but are expected to become available in 2020
Find out more about Contactless
Got a question about using Contactless on Thameslink? Check our frequently asked questions.
You can also call TfL customer services:
Telephone: 0845 330 9876
Textphone: 020 7027 8511
The Contactless Conditions of Use set out your rights and obligations when you use an Oyster card to travel on Southern or other National Rail services. They apply in addition to the National Rail Conditions of Travel.