60+ London Oyster photocard

Benefits and eligibility

A 60+ London Oyster photocard allows you to travel free on public transport in London from the age of 60 until you qualify for a Freedom Pass.

To be eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard, you must:

  • Live in a London borough and
  • Be aged 60 or over

With a 60+ London Oyster photocard you'll be able to travel free on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

You're not eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard if:

  • You're eligible for an older or disabled person's Freedom Pass
  • You've got a Veterans Oyster photocard
  • You're aged under 60
  • You don't live in a London borough
Bus roundel

How much do I save?

You can travel free at any time using your 60+ London Oyster photocard on:

  • Buses in London showing the red roundel
  • Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail - and take up to four under-11s with you for free

You can also travel free at any time on the following National Rail services in London:

  • Chiltern Railway services between:
    • Amersham and Marylebone
    • West Ruislip and South Ruislip
  • Great Northern services between Finsbury Park and King's Cross or Moorgate
  • Thameslink services between West Hampstead Thameslink and Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
  • London Northwestern Railway services between Harrow & Wealdstone and Euston
  • Greater Anglia services between Stratford and Liverpool Street
  • c2c services between Upminster and Fenchurch Street

You can travel free from 09:30* on weekdays and any time on weekends and public holidays on most other National Rail services in London. This includes the following routes which run parallel to London Overground and TfL Rail:

  • Southern services between New Cross Gate and West Croydon/Crystal Palace, or between Peckham Rye and Queens Road Peckham
  • Southeastern services between Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye

(*travel free from 09:00 on Southern services between Clapham Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone)

View the 60+ London Oyster photocard map to see where and when you can travel free on National Rail services.

You'll need to pay the full fare if you travel on National Rail services:

  • That are not shown on the map
  • Before 09:30 on weekdays (except where it states free travel is allowed at any time)

You can't add pay as you go credit to your 60+ London Oyster photocard, so you'll need to use another way to pay.

River Services

Show your 60+ London Oyster photocard to pay a discounted fare on most river services. Check with the operator for the level of discount.

Emirates Air Line

Show your 60+ London Oyster photocard to pay the discounted adult Boarding Pass fare.

How do I apply?

You can apply for a 60+ London Oyster photocard up to two weeks before you become eligible.

Online

To apply online you'll need:

  • A colour, digital photo to upload
  • A valid, active email address
  • A machine-readable passport (most valid travel passports are machine-readable) or a UK driving licence (full or provisional)
  • A valid debit or credit card (registered at your current address) to pay the £20 admin fee and verify your address
  • To confirm which London borough you live in

If you don't have all this information you can still apply online but may be asked to:

  • Download and print off a verification letter and take it to a post office in London with proof of your age and address
  • Pay the £20 admin fee at a post office
  • Send us a passport-size photo of yourself in the post

Proof of age should be one of the following:

  • Passport
  • An ID card from a European Economic Area country
  • Medical Card
  • Birth certificate
  • Driving licence
  • Biometric Residency Permit

Proof of address should be one of the following, dated in the last three months:

  • Residential utility bill
  • Bank, building society or credit card statement
  • Department for Work and Pensions letter
  • HM Revenue and Customs letter
  • Occupational pension letter

Or one of the following current documents:

  • Council Tax bill
  • Television licence
  • Driving licence
  • Council or Housing Association rent book or statement

Your colour, digital photo must be:

  • A true likeness of you
  • A full face photo of your head and shoulders with your full face clearly visible

You should not be wearing anything that covers your head unless it is worn consistently for religious or medical reasons.

If your photo doesn't meet these guidelines, it will be rejected.   

Need help applying?

If you need help applying, you can call us on 0343 222 1234 (TfL call charges). Please have the following information ready when you call:

  • Details from your machine-readable passport or UK driving licence:
    • Machine-readable passport: you'll need to provide details from the bottom of your passport on the page where your photo is displayed. Most travel passports worldwide are now machine-readable
    • UK driving licence: you'll need to provide your driving licence number
  • Your date of birth
  • Your address
  • A valid debit or credit card (registered at your current address) to pay the £20 admin fee and verify your address:
    • Valid debit or credit card: you'll be asked to provide the long card number and expiry date displayed on the front of the card, and the last three digits on the signature strip on the back of your card

If you don't have all this information and are eligible to apply, call us.

Application status

When you apply for a 60+ London Oyster photocard, an Oyster photocard online account will be set up for you. After you have submitted an application, you'll be able to use your online account to check the status of your application.

You can also check the status of your application by:

  • Texting your application reference number to 07624 809 356 (standard network charges apply and can vary considerably. Please check with your mobile service provider)
  • Calling 0343 222 1234 (TfL call charges)

If your application is successful, we'll post your 60+ London Oyster photocard to the address you provided on your application. If you haven't received your card within two weeks of applying, please check progress in your Oyster photocard online account.

Using your photocard

Once you've got your 60+ London Oyster photocard, you can start using it immediately.

Make sure you touch your card on the yellow card readers. It's a bit different for each type of transport. Find out more about touching in and out.

Please remember that you can't use your photocard outside London.

Lost, stolen or damaged cards

You can use your 60+ London online account to report your card as lost, stolen or damaged and get a replacement.

Find out more about replacing a lost, stolen or damaged card.

See the 60+ London Oyster photocard Terms and Conditions.

60+ London photocard expiry

Once your 60+ London Oyster photocard expires you may be eligible for an older persons Freedom Pass.

If you agreed to us sharing your data with London Councils when you applied for your 60+ London Oyster photocard, London Councils will send you a letter asking you to confirm your name and address.

Once London Councils has received confirmation and you meet the older persons Freedom Pass eligibility criteria, it will issue you with a Freedom Pass. You do not need to re-apply or send a new photo.

If you haven't given your consent to share your data with London Councils, you can provide consent by calling us on 0343 222 1234. (TfL call charges)

Get more information from the Freedom Pass website.