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Mayor of London

Take part in our contactless pilot

Contactless payment cards have been accepted on London bus services since December 2012.

Find out more about using your contactless payment card on bus services.

Are you interested in taking part?

We're inviting customers to be part of our testing before we start accepting contactless payment cards on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and some National Rail services.

To take part you will need to:

  • Have a contactless payment card
  • Currently use either pay as you go or a 7 Day Travelcard
  • Travel regularly on either bus, Tube, tram, DLR or London Overground services

You will be charged adult pay as you go fares for journeys you make using your contactless payment card and capping will apply. Travelcards and discounted fares will not be available.

You will be able to use your contactless payment card to travel on most National Rail services during the pilot.

If you are selected to take part in the pilot, you will be asked to provide feedback on your experience by completing a series of short surveys. Your feedback as a participant of the pilot is very important.

Complete the expression of interest form if you would like to take part. There are a limited number of places available.

How will I know I've been selected?

We will send you an email within two weeks of receiving your form to let you know if you have been selected to take part.

If selected, you will need to sign up for a TfL online account and register your contactless payment card. We'll email you details on how to do this. If you don't, you won't be able to take part in the pilot. After signing up, you will be asked to take part in a short survey.

We'll provide you with all the information you need to participate such as how to use your contactless payment card, how fares are charged, who to contact if you need help and how to provide feedback. You will get a membership card which will identify you as a participant of the pilot; you must carry this with you when travelling with your contactless payment card.

Using contactless payment to travel

Using your contactless payment card to travel is the same as using an Oyster card. You must touch in on the yellow card reader at the start of your journey and touch out at the end (just touch in on buses and trams) and you will be charged the correct pay as you go fare for your journey. Fares for your journeys will be deducted from your contactless payment card account.

Using your contactless payment card to travel is safe and secure. Your card will be protected against fraudulent use in the same way as when using your contactless payment card at any other retailer.

Apply now.