Most contactless payments are made with cards. However, mobile phone payments, key fobs, stickers and other methods of contactless payment are becoming more common.
Some of these other methods of contactless payment will be accepted on our services.
If you've got a contactless payment card but haven't used it yet, you might need to make a chip and PIN payment elsewhere before using it for contactless payments (including for travel).
If your card has been issued in the UK and displays the contactless payment symbol (as shown), you should already be able to use it to travel on London bus services. Later in 2014, contactless payment cards will also be accepted on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.
The majority of UK issued contactless payment cards will be accepted on our services. We will provide details of any cards that may not be accepted when we extend contactless payment acceptance to our rail and tram services.
Some UK card issuers do not currently offer contactless payment cards; if your card does not display the contactless symbol, you cannot use it to travel on our services
If you're still not sure if your card is contactless, check with your card issuer. To get more information about contactless payment cards, go to the UK Cards Association website.
Most contactless payment cards can be used to buy tickets or top up an Oyster Card at touchscreen ticket machines at Tube, DLR and London Overground stations, and at ticket offices, even if they can't be used for contactless travel.
If your card was issued outside the UK, please see the table below to check which cards will be accepted for contactless travel on TfL and most National Rail services in London.
American Express (AMEX)
All American Express contactless payment cards issued outside the UK will be accepted.
Nearly all MasterCard and Maestro contactless payment cards issued outside the UK will be accepted. The majority of cards that won't be accepted are issued in the USA and Canada. There are also a few other cards that may not be accepted. If you experience this, please contact your card issuer.
Some Visa and V PAY contactless payment cards from countries other than the UK will not be accepted for contactless travel at launch. Visa expects all its contactless payment cards to be accepted on our services in the near future.
If you travel in London regularly, we suggest you contact your issuer and ask for a new contactless payment card (newer cards have the latest technology and should be accepted).
You should also be aware that overseas transaction fees or charges may apply for travel made with a card issued outside the UK, please check with your card issuer. Please check back regularly for updates on card acceptance.
Our system is capable of accepting suitable mobile payment applications, payment stickers and tags. The following should be accepted on our services
At the moment the following methods of contactless payment should be accepted on our services:
You should check whether your method of contactless payment will be accepted on our services before attempting to travel:
You should also be aware that to get the full range of customer support services available from TfL (including registering your card with us), you need to know your card number, expiry date, and the security code*
If you use your mobile phone or other method of contactless payments and you cannot provide us with either a card number or expiry date, we strongly recommend that you don't use it to travel on our services. You may wish to consider purchasing an Oyster Card or ticket instead, as this will allow you to access TfL customer services with any queries about your travel.