London Travelcards, Oyster and contactless

The cheap and convenient way to travel around London

Travelcards

What is a Travelcard?

A Travelcard gives you unlimited travel within London zones 1-4 or 1-6 on the Underground, Overground, TfL Rail, Docklands Light Railway, buses, trams, and most National Rail services in London*.

You can also use your Travelcard to get discounted fares on the Emirates Air Line and a third off River Boat fares on selected services.

Which Travelcard is right for me?

Anytime Day Travelcard

Use for the date issued all-day on the ticket right up until 04:30 the next day.

Off-Peak Day Travelcard

Use for the date issued from 09:30 (Monday to Friday), anytime on weekends or public holidays right up until 04:30 the next day.

Group Day Travelcard

Travelling as a group of 10 or more? Use for the date from 09:30 (Monday to Friday), anytime on weekends or public holidays right up until 04:30 the next day.

Travelcard season tickets

Your Travelcard season ticket can start any day of the week and you can travel right up until 04:30 on the day after your Travelcard expires.

Choose a seven-day, monthly, three-month, 6-month, custom or annual Travelcard season ticket.

How do I get a Travelcard?

Travelcards can be sold with an Anytime, Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak, Advance or season train ticket to London on our website, app or at your local station.

You can add London Travelcards to your SWR touch smartcard, making it easier for you to tap in and out across the capital.

Oyster

What is Oyster?

Oyster is a smartcard that top-up with credit and pay as you travel around the TfL network, capping at the daily or weekly fare. You can also add Travelcards for specific London zones. It’s quick and convenient, and you’ll pay much less than buying paper tickets.

Oyster can be used on the Underground, Overground, TfL Rail, Docklands Light Railway, buses, trams, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services in London*.

Under-11s can travel for free on the Underground, Overground and Docklands Light Railway if they’re travelling with an adult with a valid ticket or have their own Oyster photocard with them. Young people aged 16 and 17 can apply for a 16+ Oyster photocard for reduced child rate travel.

How do I get an Oyster card?

You can buy an Oyster card on the TfL website, all TfL stations and some National Rail stations. You’ll need to pay a £5 deposit.

How do I use an Oyster card?

Just like our touch smartcards, make sure you tap in and out at the gates or validators at stations otherwise you’ll be charged a full day fare.

If you have contactless cards in your wallet, make sure you keep them apart when you tap in and out to avoid card clash.

Find out more about buying and using Oyster cards.

Contactless

Don’t come to London often? Use your contactless card or a mobile device with your debit or credit card enabled instead. It’s a great alternative to Oyster and paper tickets, and you don’t need to top up in advance.

You can use it on the Underground, Overground, TfL Rail, Docklands Light Railway, buses, trams and most National Rail services in London*.

Make sure you tap in and out at the gates or validators at stations otherwise you’ll be charged a full day ticket.

If you have more than one contactless card in your wallet, make sure you keep them apart when you tap in and out to avoid card clash. Remember that if you travel with a contactless card, you must have the card available for inspection if asked by a member of staff.

*The small print

Travelcards can’t be used on services operated by Heathrow Express