An Oyster card is a smart card that you add money to, so you can pay as you go.
You can pay as you go to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line and River Bus.
You can also travel on most National Rail services in London and some outside London.
You can also add:
If you only have pay as you go credit on your Oyster card, you can lend it to someone else. Two people can't use the same contactless or Oyster card for a journey.
If you have a Travelcard, Bus & Tram Pass or discount added to your Oyster card, you can't lend it to someone else.
Find out where to buy an Oyster card.
Create a contactless and Oyster account and add your Oyster card, to:
Our free TfL Oyster and contactless app lets you manage your Oyster card on the go.
If you don't register your card and you lose it, your pay as you go credit, Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass won't be refunded.
You need to register your Oyster card if you want to buy Travelcards and Bus & Tram Passes for longer than a month.
Register your card now with a contactless and Oyster account.
Or, fill out a registration form at:
Visitor Oyster cards can't be registered.
You can check your fare on our single fare finder.
Travel as much as you like in one day and we'll cap your fare so you don't pay more.
Top up online, see your journey and payment history and apply for refunds