5-10 Zip Oyster photocard

Benefits

  • Free travel on Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail
  • Free travel on most National Rail services that accept pay as you go
  • 50% off adult rate tickets on the Thames Clipper River Bus services
  • Pay as you go at child rate with a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard on:
    • Southeastern high speed services between St Pancras International and Stratford International
    • Gatwick Express
    • Southern and Thameslink services between Couldsdon South and Gatwick Airport
    • Emirates Air Line

Who is it for?

Children aged 5-10 can use a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard.

When you don't need a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard

Your child doesn't need a photocard to:

  • Travel free on buses and trams
  • Buy child-rate paper tickets (unless they look older than 10)
  • Travel accompanied by an adult on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and some National Rail services

How to apply

A parent or guardian must apply for a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard.

When you apply, you agree that Zip Oyster photocard holders will comply with our Young Person's Behaviour Code. If they don't, we can withdraw their photocard.

You apply online and need to provide:

  • Active email address
  • Details from your child's machine-readable passport to verify their identity (If you can't provide this, follow the instructions online. You'll need to go a Post Office to complete your application.)
  • Digital photo of your child which must be a .jpg, .bmp or .gif file and less than 6MB

If you have a contactless and Oyster account for a non-Zip Oyster photocard, you need to use a different email address to create a photocard web account.

You pay an administration fee of £10 using a credit or debit card.

We'll post your 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard to you within one week of applying.

You apply online and need to provide:

  • Active email address
  • Details from your child's machine-readable passport to verify their identity (if you don't have one, you must apply four weeks in advance)
  • Digital photo of your child which must be a .jpg, .bmp or .gif file and less than 6MB

If we can verify your child's identity online, we'll post their 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard within one week of applying.

If we can't, you'll need to take proof of identity to collect their 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard from a Visitor Centre.

Collect from a Visitor Centre

You need to apply four weeks in advance to collect a Zip Oyster from a Visitor Centre.

We'll email you when your application is complete, and you can choose which Visitor Centre to collect from.

Bring your application complete email with you and provide one of the following to prove your child's identity:

  • Valid passport
  • ID card from a European Economic Area country
  • Birth certificate

If you need to change the photo on your 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard, your collection date may change.

You apply online four weeks in advance and need to provide:

  • Active email address
  • Digital photo of your child which must be a .jpg, .bmp or .gif file and less than 6MB
  • Credit or debit card to pay an administration fee of £10

We'll email you when your application is complete, and you can then collect your 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard from a Visitor Centre.

Collect from a Visitor Centre

You need to apply four weeks in advance to collect a Zip Oyster from a Visitor Centre.

We'll email you when your application is complete, and you can choose which Visitor Centre to collect from.

You need to provide:

  • Application complete email
  • Proof of your child's identity using either an original valid passport, ID card from a European Economic Area country or birth certificate

If you need to change the photo on your 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard, your collection date may change.

How to use 

Once you get your 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard, you can use it straight away.

Make sure you touch in at the start of your journey and touch out at the end on yellow card readers. You only need to touch in on buses and trams.

Use your photocard web account to manage your card or report a lost card.

Expiry

5-10 Zip Oyster photocards expire the day before a child's 11th birthday.

You can then apply for an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard.

Travelling with a discounted Day Travelcard

Children aged 5-15 can get a discounted Off-Peak Zones 1-9 Day Travelcard, if accompanied by an adult with a valid:

To buy the Day Travelcard, you must show your Railcard or Annual Gold Card to staff at Tube, London Overground, TfL Rail, National Rail Stations or Visitor Centres.

You need to buy a discounted ticket for your travel and you must accompany children whilst travelling.

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