Bus roundel

Buses and trams

You can use Oyster on all buses showing the red roundel, and trams.

Tube/DLR/TfL Rail/London Overground

All services in Zones 1-9 and to Watford Junction and Shenfield.

National Rail

Oyster is accepted on most rail services in Zones 1 to 9:

It is also accepted on National Rail suburban trains stopping beyond Zone 9 on:

C2C services to:

  • Chafford Hundred
  • Grays
  • Ockendon
  • Purfleet

London Midland and Southern services to:

  • Watford Junction

Abellio Greater Anglia services to:

  • Broxbourne
  • Hertford East
  • Ware
  • St Margarets
  • Rye House
  • Shenfield

Thameslink and Southern services to:

  • Merstham
  • Earlswood
  • Redhill
  • Salfords
  • Horley

Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Southern services to:

  • Gatwick Airport
Oyster is not accepted on:
  • Heathrow Express
  • Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow 
  • Any journey starting or finishing outside the pay as you go area

Oyster cards are not accepted on East Midlands Trains, Grand Central, Hull Trains, Virgin Trains, or Virgin Trains East Coast services.

Did you know?

With a contactless and Oyster account you can see your journey history, apply for a refund for incomplete journeys, top up your pay as you go credit, add or renew Travelcards and register it so you can get a refund if you're eligible for one if your card is lost or stolen. Find out more

River services

Pay as you go

Pay as you go using your Oyster card to travel on Thames Clippers River Bus services. These journeys do not count towards daily caps.


Travelcards are not valid on Thames Clippers River Bus services. However, if you have a Travelcard on your Oyster card, you'll get a third off standard pay as you go fares.

Emirates Air Line

  • You use pay as you go by touching your Oyster card on the yellow card reader on a ticket gate
  • If you've got a Travelcard, you can buy a discounted Boarding Pass (single or return)