Pay as you go (paying only for the trips you make), is the easiest way to pay for travel in London. You can pay as you go on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line cable car, River Bus and most National Rail services in London. You won't have to plan the cost of your journeys in advance - we'll work it out for you. Find out more about using pay as you go.
Make sure you always use the same card to touch in and out to pay the right fare (touch in only on buses and trams)
London's rail network is divided into 9 zones so your fare will depend on which zones you travel in. Zone 1-9 fares are cheaper with pay as you go than buying paper single tickets. If you make a lot of journeys in one day the total cost of your daily travel will be capped (daily capping), so you'll pay less than the equivalent Day Travelcard. If you use contactless, you can also benefit from weekly capping (up to 7 days travel ending on a Sunday).
You can pay as you go using a contactless payment card, an Oyster card or a Visitor Oyster card.
Most credit, debit and charge cards displaying the contactless symbol can be used for adult rate pay as you go travel on London's public transport. Android Pay and Apple Pay are also accepted.
Benefits of contactless
Overseas transaction fees or charges may apply for non-UK cards. This will be one charge per day, not each time you travel. Please check with your card issuer.
Find out more about contactless payment cards.
A Visitor Oyster card is a smartcard that's pre-loaded with pay as you go credit you can use to pay for travel on London's public transport.
You can buy a Visitor Oyster card online from the TfL Visitor Shop or from VisitBritain shops in several languages and currencies, or through approved travel agents. Visitor Oyster cards are only available to buy before you arrive in London.
Benefits of Visitor Oyster
Find out more about Visitor Oyster cards.
If you don't have a contactless payment card or a Visitor Oyster card, you can get a standard Oyster card in London. You pay a £5 deposit (refundable) then add pay as you go credit or a Travelcard to pay for your journeys.
You can get an Oyster card from:
Benefits of Oyster
Travelcards allow you to make as many journeys as you like on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services in London.
Day Travelcards, Group Day Travelcards and 7 Day Travelcards are available:
Day Travelcards are issued as paper tickets and allow unlimited travel in a single day within the zones they are valid for.
Depending on the time of day you travel, different types of Day Travelcard are available:
Day Travelcard or pay as you go?
Pay as you go with daily capping is cheaper than buying a Day Travelcard when you travel in Zones 1-9.
Find out more about Day Travelcards
For groups of 10 or more fare-paying passengers Group Day Travelcards are available. They are paper tickets that allow you to travel as much as you like from 09:30 Monday to Friday and any time on weekends and public holidays. Group Day Travelcards can be used on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services within the zones paid for. They can also be used on all London bus services and on trams.
You have to be travelling in a group of 10 or more at all times when using a Group Day Travelcard.
Find out more about Group Day Travelcards
7 Day Travelcards are valid for a week and can be issued as paper tickets (when bought online/or from most National Rail stations), or loaded to an Oyster card. They can be used at any time of day during the period of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 on the day after the expiry date.
7 Day Travelcard or pay as you go?
When you pay as you go using contactless, weekly capping means you won't pay more than the cost of the equivalent 7 Day Travelcard - though you may pay less depending on the number of journeys you make. Remember, always touch in and out using the same card to pay the right fare (touch in only on buses and trams).
Find out more about 7 Day Travelcards
If your child is under 11, they can travel free:
If your child is aged 11-15, you can ask a member of staff to set a Young Visitor discount on an Oyster or Visitor Oyster card, allowing them to pay as you go at half-adult rate for up to 14 days. Staff can do this at:
You can also buy child rate Day Travelcards, 7 Day Travelcards and Group Day Travelcards (as part of a group of 10 or more) online before you leave home, from the TfL Visitor Shop or from VisitBritain shops.