Annual Gold Cards

You get Gold Card discounts when you:

  • Buy an adult-rate Annual Travelcard on an Oyster card and are issued with a Gold Record Card
  • Buy an adult-rate Annual Travelcard or Annual Gold season ticket on a National Rail smartcard and are issued with a Gold Record Card
  • Buy an adult-rate Annual Gold Card season ticket at a station within the Annual Gold Card area, available if one or both of the stations that the ticket is valid to and from are also in the Annual Gold Card Scheme area
  • Buy an adult-rate magnetic Annual Gold Travelcard from a National Rail station

If you buy your Annual Travelcard or annual season ticket online, your Gold Record Card will be sent to you. It usually takes a few days to arrive and you are not entitled to Gold Card discounts until you have it.

    With the Annual Gold Card discount set on your Oyster card you get 1/3 discount on off-peak pay as you go fares and off-peak daily caps on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

    You can also buy off-peak Day Travelcards for friends and family at reduced prices, shown in the table below:

    • Up to three other adults aged 16 or over
    • Up to two children under 5 travel free
    • Up to four children aged between 5 and 15

    Please note that children aged 5-10 travel free on all rail services in London where pay as you go is accepted, if they have a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard.

      Accompanying adults  Accompanying children
      (Aged 5-15)
      Zones 1-6 £8.00£2.30
      Zones 1-9£8.50£2.30
      Zones 1-9+ Watford Junction£11.50£3.20
      Zones 1-9+ Broxbourne/Hertford East
      Zones 1-9 + Shenfield£12.50£3.60 

      The Gold Card holder must travel with the group at all times.

      When buying discounted Day Travelcards for accompanying adults or children for travel within Zones 1-6, your Annual Season ticket must cover the journey you intend to make. If it doesn't, then you must buy a ticket before you travel.

      Setting the discount on an Oyster card

      The Annual Gold Card discount can be set on to your Oyster card at:

      • Tube, London Overground and TfL Rail stations
      • Some National Rail station ticket offices
      • Oyster Ticket Stops (local shops and newsagents across London)
      • Visitor Centres

      You must ask a member of staff to set the discount. You will need to:

      • Show your Annual Gold Card or Gold Record Card
      • Ask them to set the Railcard discount

        You must carry your Annual Gold Card or Gold Record Card with you at all times, regardless of the service you are using.

        Additional benefits

        As well as discounted off-peak pay as you go fares, Annual Gold Card offers additional benefits on National Rail services:

        • 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime and off-peak fares for you and up to 3 adults travelling with you
        • 60% off child fares for up to 4 children travelling with you
        • You can buy a Railcard for just £10 for you or a friend

        Lost cards

          If you have lost your Gold Record Card issued with an Annual Travelcard, or didn't get issued with one, call customer services on 0343 222 1234 (TfL call charges) to get a replacement.

          View the Annual Gold card area map on the National Rail website [PDF 0.75MB]

            Find out more about Annual Gold Cards on the National Rail website.

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