You can put money on your Oyster card and then use it as you travel for journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services within London. You can also use it to pay discounted fares on the Emirates Air Line and some river services.
Pay as you go fares are generally cheaper than paying cash. Oyster works out the cheapest fare for all your journeys in one day so you'll never pay more than a daily cap.
Pay as you go credit on your Oyster card never expires - it stays there until you use it. Once you've used up your credit, simply top it up to use again. If you don't use up all of your pay as you go credit you may be able to get it refunded at a Tube station ticket machine or a Visitor Centre.
Registering your Oyster card means that if you lose it, we can stop it, replace it, or transfer any pay as you go credit you had to a new Oyster card.
If your Oyster card only has pay as you go credit at adult rate on it you can let someone else use it, even if the card is registered in your name.
If you don't touch in or out you might be charged a maximum fare and risk a penalty fare. Find out more about touching in and out.
Just touch your Oyster card on the yellow card reader at the start of your journey. You don't need to touch out when you get off. If you make another bus or tram journey within an hour of touching in on a bus or tram, your second journey will be free.
We charge higher fares at the busiest times of the day.
Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services in London
London Overground between Euston (National Rail station) and Watford Junction:
Peak fares only apply at the following times:
Off-peak fares apply at other times.
There is no difference in the fares between peak and off-peak.
The fare on bus and trams is the same at all times, regardless of when you travel.
You can't use cash to pay for your bus fare. If you don't have enough credit on your Oyster card to pay the £1.50 fare or your Bus & Tram Pass or Travelcard has just expired, you can make one more journey on a bus. You must then top up your pay as you go credit to clear the negative balance before you can use your Oyster card again or before you can renew a Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass. Find out about cash free buses.
A Travelcard is a ticket that can be put on your Oyster card and gives you the freedom to travel as much as you like on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services in London*.
(*A Travelcard valid for Zones 1 and 2 only does not include travel on tram services.)
On Oyster, you can buy 7 Day, Monthly, odd period or Annual Travelcards for travel across Zones 1-9 and Watford Junction, Broxbourne, Hertford East, Ware, St Margarets, Rye House and Shenfield. If you lose your Oyster card with a Travelcard on it, we can stop it, send you a replacement or arrange a transfer to a new Oyster card.
You can get a third off the normal Riverboat fare on some services and discounted fares on the Emirates Air Line cable car with a Travelcard. Annual Travelcards come with a Gold Card which gives you additional discounts and benefits.
Oyster cards with Travelcards can't be used by anyone other than the registered owner.
Your Travelcard must cover all the zones you travel through. If you travel outside of the zones covered by your Travelcard, you will be charged an extension fare which is taken from your pay as you go balance. If your balance is negative, you may need to top up your Oyster card before you travel again, even if you have a valid Travelcard.
A Bus & Tram Pass on your Oyster card allows you to travel when and where you like, as much as you like, on bus and tram services across London.
You can get a 7 Day, Monthly or Annual Bus & Tram Pass on Oyster. If you're using pay as you go on buses and trams, there's a flat-rate daily cap regardless of when you travel.
Bus & Tram Passes don't have travel zones and are valid on all tram services and the entire London bus network, including some sections outside Greater London. Where you see the red roundel bus symbol displayed on a bus, you can use your Bus & Tram Pass.
If your Bus & Tram Pass is valid for longer than a month, your Oyster card will have to be registered. Registering your Oyster card also protects it against loss and theft. An Oyster card that has a Bus & Tram Pass on it can't be used by anyone other than the registered owner.
Bus & Tram passes can't be used for travel on River services and the Emirates Air Line or put on a Visitor Oyster card.