You can also use contactless to pay taxi fares.

Bus roundel


Contactless is accepted on all buses in and just outside London, showing the red roundel except:

  • The heritage buses which run some journeys on parts of route 15
  • Routes 402 and 477


Contactless is accepted on all tram services.

Tube, DLR, TfL Rail and London Overground

Contactless is accepted on all services in Zones 1-9 and to Watford Junction and Shenfield.

National Rail

Contactless 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

But not on:

  • Heathrow Express
  • Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow
  • Any journey starting or finishing outside the pay as you go area

Did you know?

With a contactless and Oyster account, you can see your journey and payment history, get email alerts if there's an issue with your contactless card that might stop you from using it to travel, and apply for refunds for incomplete journeys. Find out more

Contactless is not accepted on East Midlands Trains, Grand Central, Hull Trains, Virgin Trains, or Virgin Trains East Coast services.

Emirates Air Line

Use pay as you go by touching your contactless card or other contactless device on the yellow card reader at the ticket gate.

River Bus

You can pay as you go by touching your contactless card on a yellow card reader at River Bus piers.

You cannot use contactless to pay as you go on River Tours.


Contactless is accepted in all London taxis (black cabs). There is no minimum charge and no surcharge for paying by contactless.

If you have any difficulty with paying by contactless in a taxi, please make a note of the licence number of the taxi and call 0343 222 4000 (TfL call charges) or use this Taxi and private hire comments form.