Using contactless could save time and money - you don't need to top-up an Oyster card or buy a ticket, and you could benefit from daily and weekly (Monday to Sunday) capping.

If you're travelling with other people, each person must have their own card. You can't share the same contactless card to pay for travel.

Find out how contactless could work for you, by selecting one of the options below:

Pay as you go Oyster

If you currently use pay as you go, using contactless is a good alternative. You are charged adult-rate pay as you go fares, but you don't have to worry about running out of credit and could also benefit from daily and weekly (Monday to Sunday) capping.

To benefit from capping you must always use the same card, mobile phone or contactless device for all your travel. We can't link the travel charges on different contactless cards or devices.

You might want to use contactless if you forget your Oyster card or if it runs out of credit and you can't top it up.

7 Day Travelcard

If you buy 7 Day Travelcards that start on a Monday, why not consider using contactless?

You can benefit from weekly (Monday to Sunday) capping if you:

  • Use the same contactless card or device for every journey for the whole week
  • Make sure you touch in and out on the yellow card reader (unless it's a bus or tram where you only have to touch in)
  • Start using contactless on a Monday for maximum benefit: Although you can buy a 7 Day Travelcard to start on any day of the week, weekly capping always calculates your week of travel ending on a Sunday

If all your travel is outside Zone 1, you should continue using a 7 Day Travelcard.

7 Day Bus & Tram Pass

To benefit from weekly capping on buses and trams you need to:

  • Use the same contactless card, mobile phone or device for each journey
  • Make sure you touch in on a yellow card reader
  • Start using contactless on a Monday for maximum benefit. Although you can buy a 7 Day Bus & Tram Pass to start on any day of the week, weekly capping always calculates your week of travel ending on a Sunday

Remember you only need to touch in on buses and trams.

Monthly/longer period season ticket

If you usually buy monthly or longer period Travelcards or Bus & Tram Passes, you should carry on doing so. Monthly and longer period Travelcards and Bus & Tram Passes are not available on contactless.

Visiting London

If you're visiting London and have a contactless card issued in the UK, using it could save you time, because you won't need to get or top-up an Oyster card. It's also cheaper than paying cash.

If you're visiting London and your card was issued outside the UK, you may be able to use it for contactless travel on our services:

  • All American Express contactless payment cards are accepted
  • Nearly all Mastercard and Maestro cards issued outside the UK are accepted
  • Some Visa and V PAY cards issued outside the UK are not accepted

Find out more about cards issued outside the UK.

Overseas transaction charges may apply for travel made with a card issued outside the UK. Contact your card issuer for more information.

Find out about other ticket options.

In London on business

Using a UK-issued contactless card for business travel is easy and practical. If you need proof of travel expenses, you can sign up for a contactless and Oyster account and get:

  • Details of fares charged and payments for all your journeys
  • Up to 12 months of detailed journey and payment history

Find out more about the benefits of creating a contactless and Oyster account.

If you're in London on business and your card was issued outside the UK, you may be able to use it for contactless travel on our services:

  • All American Express contactless payment cards will be accepted
  • Nearly all Mastercard and Maestro cards issued outside the UK are accepted
  • Some Visa and V PAY cards issued outside the UK are not accepted

Travelling in a group

You can only pay for one person per journey with contactless. That means if you are travelling in a group, each person will have to use a separate contactless card, mobile phone or other method of payment.

You can buy a Group Day Travelcard if you're:

  • Travelling by bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail or most National Rail services in London
  • In a group of 10 or more fare-paying passengers
  • Travelling after 09:30 Monday to Friday and any time on weekends and public holidays

Find out more about Group Day Travelcards.

If you're travelling as a family, children under 11 can travel free on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and some National Rail services if they're with an adult using contactless.

Children under 11 can travel free on buses at all times. Children aged between 11-16 can get free, or discounted travel, with a Zip Oyster photocard.

Find out more about travelling with children.

Discounted/free travel

Discounts can't be added to contactless cards. This includes all National Railcard discounts.

If you're eligible for discounted travel, you should carry on using your existing Oyster card or Oyster photocard.

Find out more about discounted travel for adults and children.