Visitor Oyster card

What is a Visitor Oyster card?

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Visitor Oyster cards are plastic smartcards you can use instead of paper tickets. You top up the card with pay as you go credit which you use when you travel. It is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

Visitor Oyster cards can be reused and never expire. If you run out of pay as you go credit, simply top up your credit at a Tube station, Oyster Ticket Stop or Travel Information Centre to use your card again.

You can also use your Visitor Oyster card to get discounted fares on some TfL River Services and the Emirates Air Line cable car.

Visit the Visitor Oyster card product page

How do I use use a Visitor Oyster card?

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To use your Visitor Oyster card, just touch the card on the yellow card reader.

To pay the correct fare, you must always touch in at the start and out at the end of every journey you make on Tube, London Overground, DLR and National Rail services. When travelling on a bus or tram you only need to touch in at the start of your journey.

Visitor Oyster cards are valid across all travel zones in London and automatically calculate the best value fare for all the journeys you make in a single day as long as you have touched in and out.

How much credit do I need on my Visitor Oyster card?

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Sample Oyster card fares for 2015

  • Zones 1 to 2 Tube journey: £2.90 peak, £2.30 off-peak 
  • Zones 1 to 6 Tube journey: £5.10 peak, £3.10 off-peak 
  • Single bus journey: £1.50 
  • Unlimited journeys in one day in Zones 1 and 2 £6.40

Not sure how much credit to buy?

Here for 3-4 days? Get a £30 card. You can always add more credit at a Tube station, ticket machine or Oyster ticket stop if you run out.

See a chart of all the fares

How to claim back unused credit on your Visitor Oyster card

Who can use a Visitor Oyster card?

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Visitor Oyster cards are only available for adults. However, an adult with a Visitor Oyster card can take up to 4 children under the age of 11 years to travel for free on Tube, DLR and London Overground services.