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Travelcard or Oyster Card?

Which ticket do I need?

TravelcardTravelcards are paper tickets available for either one or seven days across a range of London Zones. Travel as much as you like on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services within London.

 

 

Visitor Oyster CardVisitor Oyster Cards Are plastic smartcards you can use instead of paper tickets. Put on 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.

Where can I use it?

Travelcard Visitor Oyster Card

Tube, DLR and London Overground - yes

Tube, DLR and London Overground - yes

Bus - yes
(Any service within Greater London regardless of the
zone(s) the Travelcard covers)
Bus - yes

Trams - yes
(If your Travelcard includes Zone 3, 4, 5 or 6.)

Trams - yes

National Rail services in London - yes
(Excluding Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow, Heathrow Express, Gatwick Express, Stansted Express and Southeastern High speed services between St Pancras International and Stratford International)

If you would like to purchase an Airport Transfer ticket, click here

National Rail services in London - yes
(Excluding Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow, Heathrow Express, Gatwick Express, Stansted Express and Southeastern High speed services between St Pancras International and Stratford International)

If you would like to purchase an Airport Transfer ticket, click here

Scheduled Riverboat services at 1/3 off - yes
(Show your Travelcard at the time of travel)
Riverboat - yes
Get 10 per cent off single tickets on Thames Clippers services.
Use your pay as you go credit to buy a paper ticket.

When can I use it?

Travelcard Visitor Oyster Card
You have two options for Day Travelcard:
  • Anytime - Can be used all day on the day of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 the following day.
  • Off-Peak - Can be used from 09:30 Mondays to Fridays, all day Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, on the day of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 on the following day.
  • 7-Day Travelcards are available in Anytime option only.
At any time - you are automatically charged a Peak or Off-peak fare:
  • Peak pay as you go fares apply from 06:30 to 09:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday
  • Off-Peak pay as you go fares apply at all other times

Who can use it?

Travelcard Visitor Oyster Card
Adults (16+) - yes Adults - yes

Children- yes
Up to 4 children aged 5-10 years can travel for free anywhere at any time without a ticket if they are accompanying a full-paying adult. Ask a member of staff to let your child through the ticket barriers. Child Travelcards are required for those between the ages of 11 and 15 years old.

Child Oyster Cards are not available. Up to 4 children aged 5-10 years can  however travel for free anywhere at any time without a ticket if they are accompanying a full-paying adult. Ask a member of staff to let your child through the ticket barriers.

How much does it cost?

Travelcard Visitor Oyster Card
Sample journey prices:
  • Zones 1 - 2 adult Day off-peak Travelcard: £7.30
  • Zones 1 - 6 child Day off-peak Travelcard: £3.60
  • Zones 1 - 6 adult 7 Day Travelcard: £57.20
  • Zones 1 - 6 child 7 Day Travelcard: £28.60
Sample single Tube journey prices:
  • Zones 1 to 2 - Oyster £2.80 peak, £2.20 off-peak, Cash fare £4.70
  • Zones 1 to 6 - Oyster £5.00 peak, £3.00 off-peak, Cash fare £5.70
Multiple journeys within the same zone(s) are capped at the equivalent Day Travelcard rate.

You can top up your Oyster card at Tube stations and over 3,700 Oyster Ticket Stops throughout London.

Who should buy it?

Travelcard Visitor Oyster Card
Usually the best choice for:
  • Under-16s 
  • Unlimited travel (within the zones your Travelcard covers) working out much cheaper than buying single tickets
  • Easy: one ticket for one day or one week!
Usually the best choice if:
  • You're making many journeys in a small area
  • You're only making a few journeys or not travelling every day in London
  • You're travelling to Zones 7, 8 or 9

 

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