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.

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Using the Oyster Card on a 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.

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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.

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"I would absolutely recommend buying the London Pass if you have 3 or more days to spend exploring London. Buy it ahead of time, online and research what is available and decide what attractions you might be interested in. A top 10 sort of thing, and then any others that might be of interest. It gives you the freedom to visit many popular sites without the hassle of standing in long lines for tickets. I also liked that I wasn't spending all kinds of money every day on attractions and money did not enter into my decisions on what I wanted to do since my admissions where already paid for. I very much enjoyed my visit in London and I think having the London Pass allowed me to see more than I would have, had I not had it. Thank you!!"
Debbie from UK