If your bank card issued on Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or American Express shows the contactless payment symbol, you can use it to pay as you go straight away. You'll pay an adult rate fare.
Many contactless cards issued outside the UK can be used to pay as you go for travel (overseas transaction fees may apply):
If you have a prepaid card, it may be accepted on our transport services. Check with your card issuer if you're not sure if your card is contactless or if it's rejected.
Using a mobile payment to pay as you go is the same as using a contactless card.
You can make mobile payments with devices such as phones, watches, key fobs, stickers or wristbands.
You can use different mobile payments to travel on our transport services:
If you use a mobile payment associated with a non-UK bank card, your card may not work or you may be charged overseas transaction fees. Check with your card issuer.
You can pay for someone else's travel with your contactless card or device if they're travelling with you. You need to pay for your own travel with a different card or device.
If you have a joint bank account, you can usually both use your contactless cards to travel as each card will be charged separately.
Find out why your contactless card might not work.
You can check your fare on our single fare finder.
Travel as much as you like in one day or week (Monday to Sunday) and we'll cap your fares so you don't pay more.
You might see your payment on your bank statement as:
Create a contactless and Oyster account to:
If you're adding contactless cards for a joint bank account to your contactless and Oyster account, you need to either:
Once you've created an account, download our free TfL Oyster and contactless app to manage your contactless and Oyster cards on the go.
Top up online, see your journey and payment history and apply for refunds