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Travelling Around London

If you plan on travelling around London there are two ticket options to help you get around the capital.

Travelcard

These give you unlimited travel on National Rail, London Overground, the Underground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway and Tramlink services within London Zones 1-6.

If you are travelling from outside London Zones 1-6, you can add a Day Travelcard to an Anytime, Off Peak or Super Off Peak Day Return ticket and save yourself money on buying separate Day Return and Travelcard tickets. The combined ticket gives you one return trip from your station to the first station in London Zones 1-6, then unlimited travel within Zones 1-6.

Travelcard Season ticket can also be added to your rail season ticket.

Oyster Pay As You Go may be a cheaper option if your journeys are wholly within London Zones 1-6. Or if you are travelling into London from a station outside Zones 1-6 and only plan to make a few journeys within Zones 1-6.

Oyster Pay As You Go (PAYG)

PAYG is valid on all our services within London Zones 1-6, allowing you to pay for only the journeys you make on National Rail, London Overground, the Underground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway and Tramlink services.

It’s easy to use – just top the card up with credit and you are ready to travel! Any credit you have left over will be left on your card until your next trip.

Just remember to touch you card on the yellow Oyster validators at the start and end of your journey to ensure you pay the correct fare. Validators can be found on ticket gates or at the entrance/exit to the station or platform (if you are travelling on Tramlink or a bus, you only need to touch in at the start of the journey).

You can check the cost of your PAYG journey by using Transport for London’s fare checker

How much will my journey cost?

Your journey cost will depend on the number of zones you pass through, the time of day you travel and the type of transport (e.g. rail only, Underground and rail etc).

Peak fares apply from 0630 to 0930 and 1600 to 1900, Monday to Friday. At all other times, including weekends and public holidays the Off Peak rate applies. You can check the cost of a journey using the Transport for London’s price checker


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Can I use PAYG with my Oyster season ticket?

Yes - just remember to touch in and touch out at the start and end of your journey to ensure you are charged the correct fare.

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Can I get a Railcard discount with PAYG?

You can save 1/3 on Off Peak Pay as You Go journeys and the daily price cap where a National Rail service is used for all, or part, of the journey.

Discounts are available for 16-25, Senior, HM Forces, and Disabled Persons Railcards. You will need to visit a London Underground or London Overground ticket office to register your railcard onto your Oyster card.

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Where can I buy an Oyster card?

You can buy your first Oyster card for a £5 refundable deposit at the following locations:

  • From Oyster Online
  • From any London Underground or staffed London Overground ticket office
  • From Oyster Ticket Stops

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Where can I top up my PAYG balance?

You can add a minimum of £5 credit to your Oyster card at the following locations:

  • On Oyster Online
  • At any London Underground or staffed London Overground ticket office
  • At any self-service ticket machines at South West Trains stations, and most National Rail stations, within Zones 1 – 6
  • At Oyster Ticket Stops

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Further information about Oyster Pay As You Go is available on the Oyster Online website.

Contactless is expanding across the network!

From 16 September 2014, getting around London with contactless is quick, easy and secure. You can now use your contactless payment card on the bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

Travelling with contactless is cheaper than paying with cash and normally costs the same as an adult-rate Oyster pay as you go fare. It is a great alternative to Oyster and paper tickets. Use your contactless payment card in exactly the same way as you use your Oyster card, touching in and out for every journey.

Please note, for National Rail services contactless is only available for use in standard class.

What is contactless?

Contactless payment cards are debit, credit, charge or pre-paid cards which can be used to make payments for everyday purchases of less than £20 per transaction. There’s no need for a PIN or a signature, just touch your card on a yellow card reader to pay for your journey. So get on board quicker with contactless travel and you won’t need to top up to pay for your travel.

Watch out for card clash

If you touch your contactless payment card on a card reader when it’s in the same wallet or purse as other contactless smartcards (like an Oyster card or building pass), the reader might detect more than one card. When this happens, the card reader doesn’t know which card to read.

To avoid card clash only touch the card you wish to pay with on the reader when touching in and out.

Always touch in and out

Always touch in on a yellow card reader with your contactless payment card at the start of your journey and touch out at the end, even if the gates are open, to ensure you pay the right fare. When changing trains you may need to touch your card on a pink reader, and if you are travelling on a bus or tram you only have to touch in.

If you don’t touch in and out on each journey you make we don’t know where you have travelled, so we can’t charge the right fare. If this happens your journey is “incomplete” and you could be charged a maximum fare. Maximum fares do not count towards a cap.


Ticket inspection

As with Oyster, you will need to show your contactless payment card for inspection when asked to do so by a member of staff. Simply touch your card on the reader when asked.


Help with contactless

Should you have any trouble using your contactless payment card on our services or for more information you can:

  • Go online visit the TFL website 
  • Contact TfL @tflwaystopay
  • Call TfL Customer Services on 0343 222 1234