Over half a million Londoners enjoy travel using Oyster

27 January 2004

Oyster can either be used like a conventional Travelcard, as Oyster Pre Pay or a combination of the two. When using Oyster as Pre Pay adults pay 2003 prices for single journeys throughout 2004.

The benefits of using Oyster include:

  • No more queuing at Tube station ticket machines or ticket offices if you buy your Oyster over the phone or online (1.).
  • Simply 'touch in touch out' to get through the gates easily.
  • No searching for change to buy a ticket every time you travel.
  • By registering your Oyster card it will be protected against loss or theft.
  • Top up your cards when it suits you.

Charles Monheim, Director of Ticketing and Fares at TfL said;

'Oyster is a simpler way to travel around London. It's quicker too. Adult Tube passengers can enjoy the added benefit of paying less for single journeys by opting for Oyster Pre Pay. However you chose to use Oyster, the only thing to remember is to always touch your card flat on the reader on the way in and out, even if the gates are open. If you don't, you may be charged more for your journey.'

Oyster will be available on the buses and Tramlink in Spring 2004

  1. You can buy your Oyster card now through www.oystercard.com. It is also available from the sales line on 0870 849 9999, open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, or from Tube station touchscreen ticket machines.
  2. In addition to buying your Travelcard on Oyster you can charge it with Pre Pay which will allow you to make journeys that are not covered by your Travelcard.
  3. You can top up Pre Pay on to your Oyster card at Tube station ticket offices and selected Ticket Stops. The minimum you can charge Pre Pay is £10.
  4. If you have any queries about Oyster contact customer services on 0845 330 9876. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

For further information please contact Emily O'Regan at TfL Press Office on 020 7941 4883