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Using the Oyster Travelcard

Find out about how to use your Oyster Travelcard for unlimited travel in central London on the tube, bus, trains and DLR networks. Make the most of your time in London with the Oyster Travelcard and travel around with ease.

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Enjoy stress-free travel on public transport with an Oyster Travelcard

The Oyster Card is the most flexible way of travelling around London as it covers all your transport needs with one electronic ticket. It's simple and easy to use, and is activated upon entry at a ticket barrier located in the stations. All you need to do is tap in on the circular yellow card reader, and then tap out again when you have finished your journey.

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If you’re travelling by bus, all you need to do is to tap in once on the yellow card reader when you board the bus.

The Oyster Card is not stamped with a start or expiry date which means you can start using your Oyster Card whenever you want and any remaining credit can be used during any future trips to London. Using your Oyster Travelcard for the first time won't activate your London Pass.

Where and when can I use the Oyster Card?

The Oyster Travelcard can be used on all London Transport networks, these include;

✔ London Underground

✔ London Buses

✔ DLR (Dockland Light Rail)

✔ London Overground

The Oyster Travelcard can be used at any time of day, any day of the week so it’s great for both early risers and night owls.

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Using your Oyster Travelcard for the first time won't activate your London Pass

Which zones can I travel across? Can I use it from the airport?

Over 66% of attractions included free in the London Pass are in Central London (zones 1 - 2) but the Oyster Travelcard is actually valid to use across all London, zones 1 – 9.

This includes travel to and from Heathrow Airport and London City Airport. So if you have chosen to get your Oyster Travelcard sent out to you before you arrive, you can use it to get into London. Travel to Gatwick, Luton and Stanstead Airports is not included.

Note: the Oyster Card does not cover any travel to Windsor Castle. To get to Windsor Castle you must pay for your own transport from London stations. Find out more, here.

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"We combined the London Pass with a 7-day Travelcard and saved a bundle. The London Pass allowed us to skip the queues for most attractions we visited, more time spent actually enjoying the things we went to see. The Travelcard made using public transit very simple and saved us a ton of money. Anyone who is thinking about a London vacation should consider buying the London Pass and the Travelcard."
Steve from Nova Scotia