Oyster cards

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:

How to use

Touch your Oyster card in at the start of your journey and touch out at the end on yellow card readers to pay the right fare. Only touch in on buses and trams.

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.

Where to buy

Find out where to buy an Oyster card.

Create an account

Create a contactless and Oyster account and add your Oyster card, to:

  • Check your pay as you go credit and top up
  • Check your payment and journey history
  • Report your card if it's lost or stolen so no one else can use it
  • Apply for refunds
  • Pay unpaid fares

Download the app

Our free TfL Oyster and contactless app lets you manage your Oyster card on the go.

Register your Oyster card

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.

Pay as you go fares

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.

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