Veterans Oyster photocard

Veterans Oyster


  • Free travel at anytime on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and Elizabeth line
  • Free travel on most National Rail services in London
  • Discounted fares on River Services
  • Discounts on Santander Cycle Hire

Travel on National Rail

You can travel free on most National Rail services from 09:30 weekdays and anytime on weekends and public holidays:

You can travel on these routes before 09:30 on a weekday:
Service  Between 
Chiltern Railway Amersham and Marylebone
Chiltern Railway West Ruislip and South Ruislip
Great Northern Finsbury Park and King's Cross and Moorgate
Thameslink West Hampstead Thameslink, Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
London Northwestern Railway Harrow & Wealdstone and Euston
Greater Anglia Stratford and Liverpool Street
c2c Upminster and Fenchurch Street

Who is it for?

You can get a Veterans Oyster photocard if you:

Ongoing payments are awarded to service personnel who've sustained a certain level of physical or psychological injury in the line of duty. If you received a one-off gratuity payment instead, you can't get a Veterans Oyster photocard.

You also can't get a Veterans Oyster photocard if you live in a London borough and are eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard or Freedom Pass.

How to apply?

You fill out an application form to apply for a Veterans Oyster photocard. Call us on 0343 222 1234 (call charges may apply) to get your form.

Complete and return your form with:

  • A photocopy of your Awards Notification or annual uprating letter from Veterans UK or the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (dated in the last two years)
  • A passport-sized full-face photo including your head and shoulders. Don't wear anything that covers your head unless worn for religious or medical reasons

How to use

Once you get your Veterans 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. Find out more about touching in and out.


Your Veterans Oyster photocard expires on the date shown on the front of your card.

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