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Cash free buses

Ways to pay

There are different ways to pay for your bus fare:

Contactless payment symbol

A pay as you go adult fare is £1.45 with Oyster, Visitor Oyster or a contactless payment card. UK issued contactless payment cards are accepted, just look out for the contactless symbol.

One more bus journey to get you home

If you don't have enough credit on your Oyster card to pay the £1.45 fare or your Bus & Tram Pass or Travelcard has just expired, you can make one more journey on a bus. You must then top up your pay as you go credit  to clear the negative balance before you can use your Oyster card again or before you can renew a Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass.

Where to get or top up your Oyster card

Auto top-up on Oyster

Auto top-up makes sure you never run out of pay as you go credit by automatically topping up your Oyster card with money from your credit or debit card, whenever your pay as you go balance falls below £10.

Your card is automatically topped up when you touch your Oyster card on a yellow card reader at the start of a journey on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground or National Rail services in London.

Set up Auto top-up on an existing Oyster card, or order a new Oyster card online with pay as you go credit included and choose to add Auto top-up.

If you set up Auto top-up on an existing card, you must activate it by making a journey at a Tube, DLR or London Overground station or tram stop. You will not be able to activate Auto top-up by making a journey on a bus.

Don't forget you can also top up your Oyster card at Oyster Ticket Stops in participating newsagents and shops or at stations. 

Watch out for card clash

Card clash happens when a yellow card reader detects two or more Oyster, contactless payment or other smartcards at the same time. This could lead to you getting a red light meaning you haven't paid for your journey. On buses, where contactless payment cards are accepted, your fare could be charged to a card that you did not intend to pay with.

To avoid card clash, keep your Oyster and contactless payment cards separate and only touch the card you wish to use on the reader.

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