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International visitors

Planning a trip to London? Buy a Visitor Oyster card online

A Visitor Oyster card is a smartcard you can use to pay for travel on London's public transport. It's quick, easy and:

  • Saves time, because it's ready to use as soon as you arrive
  • It holds pay as you go credit, which is cheaper than buying a paper single ticket
  • Is just as flexible as a Day Travelcard but costs less
  • It offers daily capping, which allows you to travel as much as you like in a single day and limits the amount you pay
  • It comes with special offers and discounts in London
  • Is good for children aged 11 to 15. They can have a Young Visitor discount added to the card which allows them to travel a half adult rate. Find out more about travelling with children

Buy a Visitor Oyster card before you leave home and it'll be delivered to your address.

Find out more about Visitor Oyster cards.

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You can also buy Day Travelcards, 7 Day Travelcards and Travelcards for children online before you leave home. Find out more.

Already in London? Get an Oyster card

If you're already in London, you can't buy a Visitor Oyster card. Instead, get an Oyster card.

An Oyster card is a smartcard you can use to pay for travel. It's quick, easy, and:

  • Holds pay as you go credit, which is cheaper than buying a paper single ticket
  • Is just as flexible as a Day Travelcard but costs less as it offers daily capping. This allows you to travel as much as you like in a single day and limits the amount you pay
  • You can add a 7 Day Travelcard, and other season tickets, to your Oyster card which can be convenient if you're staying for a week or longer
  • Is good for children aged 11 to 15. They can have a Young Visitor discount added to the card which allows them to travel half adult rate. Find out more about travelling with children

You can get an Oyster card in London from:

Find out more about Oyster cards.

UK visitors

Use a contactless payment card

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If you're visiting London and have a UK-issued contactless payment card, you can use it to pay for travel.

A contactless payment card is a debit, credit, charge or pre-paid card which can be used to make secure payments: It's quick and saves you time because you don't need to put credit on your card.

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Look out for the contactless symbol on the front of your card

Find out more about contactless payment cards.

Don't have a contactless payment card?

If you don't have a contactless payment card, you can pay for your travel with:

You can also put Travelcards on an Oyster card or buy other paper tickets to travel. If you're going to be visiting London with children on a frequent basis, it may be worth applying for a Zip Oyster card for your child.

Groups of 10+

Buy a Group Day Travelcard

If you're in a group of 10 or more fare-paying passengers, you can get Group Day Travelcards.

These are paper tickets which provide unlimited travel after 09:30 and any time on weekends and public holidays within the zones paid for on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London. They can also be used on all London bus services and on trams.

Group Day Travelcards are available:

  • Online, in advance, from the Visitor Shop
  • From Tube stations ticket machines
  • At London Overground and TfL Rail station ticket offices
  • Some National Rail stations that Tube and London Overground services run through
  • Visitor Centres

Find out more about Group Day Travelcards and other paper tickets.

 
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