Veterans Oyster photocard

Veterans Oyster photocard

Benefits and eligibility

If you receive payments under the War Pensions Scheme, or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, you may be eligible for concessionary travel.

With a Veterans Oyster photocard you can travel free on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

You may be eligible for a Veterans Oyster photocard if you're:

  • Receiving ongoing payments - in your name - under the War Pensions Scheme: this includes widows, widowers and dependants
  • Receiving Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme - in your name: this includes widows, widowers and dependants

Ongoing payments are awarded to service personnel who have sustained a certain level of physical or psychological injury in the line of duty. If you received a one-off gratuity payment instead of ongoing payments, then you're not eligible for a Veterans Oyster photocard.

We will not issue a Veterans Oyster photocard if you live in London and are eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard or a Freedom Pass.

The 60+ London Oyster photocard and the Freedom Pass give exactly the same travel benefits as the Veterans Oyster photocard. To find out if you're eligible for either of these, visit the Freedom Pass website  or 60+ London Oyster photocard information.

Bus roundel

How much do I save?

Buses, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and some National Rail services in London

You can travel free at any time using your Veterans Oyster photocard on:

  • Buses in London showing the red roundel
  • Tube, tram, DLR, TfL Rail and London Overground

You can also travel on some 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
  • Thameslink services between West Hampstead Thameslink and Elephant & Castle 
  • London Midland 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, and services to Swanley.

      *Travel free from 09:00 on Southern Services between Clapham Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone.

      The Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme map shows you where and when you can travel free on National Rail services. 

      You need to pay full fare on all other National Rail services.

      River services

      Show your Veterans 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 Veterans Oyster photocard to pay the discounted adult Boarding Pass fare.

      How do I apply?

      Call us on 0343 222 1234 (TfL call charges) to get an application form. You'll need to complete and return the form with:

      • A photocopy of your Awards Notification or annual uprating letter from the Veterans UK or the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency dated within the last two years. This will show your entitlement to an ongoing payment under the War Pensions Scheme or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
      • A passport-sized photo

      If you meet the eligibility criteria, we'll send you your Oyster photocard and you can start using it immediately. Please read the Veterans Oyster card terms and conditions.

      Changing your photo

      You can change your photo online using the lost, stolen or damaged process. This costs £10.

      Using your photocard

      Once you've got your Veterans 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.

      Expiry date

      Your Veterans Oyster photocard will expire on the date shown on the front of your Veterans Oyster photocard.

      Lost, stolen or damaged cards

      Find out what to do if your Veterans Oyster photocard is lost, stolen or stops working.

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