Oyster cards are used in London to get around as a cheaper means then buying a single travel card. It is a permanent re-usable electronic pass which can be frequently topped up with cash at any ticket machine to pay travel fares. Once the money you have put onto your card is finished, you again top up – this is called pay as you go. Oyster cards do not have your name printed on them or your photo ID and therefore can be shared with another person if you are not traveling. If you are travelling together, you will need 2 separate cards.
Oyster cards will also be capped once you use a certain amount of money. This differentiates between areas however it is worth buying an oyster card for £5 if you are planning to travel into London for a day trips. It may be worth buying a travel card if you are looking at travelling in and out of London for 5 or more days straight, but you can find out more information using the links below.
Where can you use your Oyster Card?
- The London Underground
- The London Red Local Bus
- The Railway Network in Greater London
- Docklands Light Railway (DLR), TFL Rail Services and Overground Railway
- Heathrow Express
- TFL Railway Services including the TFL Heathrow Airport Train
- 33% Discount on many scheduled river services
- Train services between London and Gatwick Airport
To get further information from the official Transport of London website on Oyster Cards, please click onto:
If you would like to know more about the use of the London Oyster Card and how it works, please click onto: