With an Oyster card you can:
You can top up with pay as you go credit or renew your Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass on the same Oyster card when you need to.
If you keep both pay as you go credit and a Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass on your Oyster card at the same time, it works out which one to use to make sure you never pay more than you need.
When you get a new Oyster card, you'll need to pay a £5 deposit. If you decide you don't need it anymore, return your Oyster card to us and we'll refund your deposit.
If you sign up for a contactless and Oyster account, you can see what's on your Oyster card, see your journey history and apply for refunds. Any Oyster cards that you add to your account will automatically be protected against loss or theft.
Oyster cards that you add to your online account will automatically be protected if lost or stolen, so that no one can use it once you've reported the loss or theft. You may also be eligible for a refund or replacement of any remaining pay as you go credit or the days left on your Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass.
If you want to buy Travelcards and Bus & Tram Passes that are valid for longer than a month on your Oyster card, you need to fill out a form to register it.
You can do this at:
If you add your Oyster card to a contactless and Oyster account, you can buy monthly and longer period Travelcards online without registering it. Visitor Oyster cards can't be registered or protected.
Unused pay as you go credit stays on your Oyster card until you want to use it. If you don't need your Oyster card anymore, you can get a refund of any remaining pay as you go and your deposit. Find out more about Oyster refunds.
If your Oyster card only has pay as you go credit on it, you can lend it to someone else, even if the card is registered in your name.
An Oyster card can't be used by anyone other than the registered user if it has one of the following on it: