London Oyster Card Credit - How Do I Top Up My Oyster Card?

Oyster Travelcard Value

The Oyster Travelcard comes with a pre-loaded credit/value related to the duration of your London Pass. Learn more about how much credit you get with your Oyster Travelcard and how easy it is to make savings on a daily basis while travelling around London's zones.

Understanding your Oyster Travelcard credit

The London Pass + Oyster Travelcard packages have been designed to save you money as they are the cheapest way of travelling around the city. Each Oyster Travelcard comes with a pre-loaded credit/value for your journeys across central London for the duration of your London Pass.

Below is a breakdown of the credit assigned to the Oyster Travelcard per London Pass duration.

Remember – the Oyster Card is the cheapest way of getting around London as the maximum daily charges mean you travel free after you reach the 'daily cap'

London Pass with Oyster Travelcard Travelcard credit
1 Day Adult London Pass + Travel £10
2 Day Adult London Pass + Travel £15
3 Day Adult London Pass + Travel £25
6 Day Adult London Pass + Travel £40
10 Day Adult London Pass + Travel £50

1, 2, 3 and 6 Day Child London Pass + Travel packages will receive a paper off-peak Travelcard. Only children aged 11-15 require the travel package – up to four under 11s can travel for free on public transport when travelling with an Adult holding a valid Oyster Travelcard.

Note: a £5 admin fee is applied by Transport for London to every London Pass + Travel.

Save money on daily journeys

A single journey on the London Underground costs £2.40 credit (between zones 1 - 2) and a bus journey costs just £1.50 credit - but the real benefit comes when your Oyster Travelcard stops charging after a certain amount each day, meaning you can save money on a daily basis with free and unlimited journeys.

London’s transport network is broken into 6 main zones, and each zone has a separate charge rate. But no matter which zone you travel across, any journeys after your third journey that day will not be charged - helping your credit last even longer.

If you want to learn more about the maximum daily rates (caps) and single journey costs, click here.

Travel zones Single Journey Free After Maximum Spend
Zone 1 - 2 (Central London) £2.90 3 journeys £6.80
Zones 1 - 3 £3.30 3 journeys £7.70
Zones 1 - 4 £3.90 3 journeys £9.50
Zones 1 - 5 £4.70 3 journeys £11.20
Zones 1 - 6 £5.10 3 journeys £12.00

Where could I visit with my Oyster Travelcard?

Below is an example itinerary of where you could go with your credit while visiting the wide range of London attractions included in the London Pass.

Day 1: Stay within central London for your first day and you can visit Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Westminster Abbey to discover the rich history and heritage of the capital – you can even hop on a River Cruise at the end of the day to watch the sun go down.

Zones covered: 1 – 2

Day 2: Travel further afield to the sprawling estate of Hampton Court Palace, the former home of King Henry VIII. See the huge Tudor Kitchens, impressive gardens and maze and learn about the fascinating history of the British Royal Family between the 14th-18th centuries.

Zones covered: 1 – 6 

Day 3: Spend the morning in the picturesque borough of Greenwich visiting the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark Clipper before heading back into central London to see Kate and Will's royal residence, Kensington Palace - all within budget!

Zones covered: 1 – 2

Even in just three days you can travel across all of London's main zones and visit  an impressive eight top London attractions. Thanks to the daily caps, it's easy to see how your Oyster Travelcard will save you money!

Learn more about Zones for London Transport with our map.

What happens if my value/credit runs out?

If you need to add more value/credit to your Oyster Travelcard you can simply 'top up' at one of the machines in the stations, or by going to one of the Transport for London ticket desks.

Any credit you don’t use can be kept on the Oyster Travelcard for use at a later date. If you want to claim a refund on any unused value/credit, please visit a Transport for London ticket desk.

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"We went to see so much more than if we had to pay individually. Was nice paying for it before the trip so didn't have to bring extra money and worry about running short. We also got the travel pass and restaurant discount book and discovered some very nice places to eat that we wouldn't have known about. Planning on coming back in 2014 and will buy another one! Recommend it 200%!"
Cindy from USA

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