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.
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 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.
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 for travel at any time of day, any day of the week so it’s great for both early risers and night owls.
Using your Oyster Travelcard for the first time will not 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. Using your Oyster Card to travel into Central London from Gatwick will incur a higher charge (up to £19.80 one-way on the Gatwick Express, for example) so we would advise against using it from this airport. Travel from Luton and Stanstead Airports is not included.
Your travel to and from Windsor Castle is included in your London Pass + Travel package. Journeys are valid from London Paddington to Windsor & Eton Central via Slough only. Show your valid London Pass to the ticket controller at London Paddington to board to train at no extra cost. For more information on how to get to Windsor, click here.
Oyster Card Value
"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