What is Oyster?
Oyster is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.
- Store credit to pay as you go
- Set up Auto-top up so you never run out of credit
- Add Travelcards if they're for longer than a day
- Add Bus & Tram Passes
- Add Bus & Tram and Jobcentre Plus Travel Discounts
- Add National Railcards or Gold Card discounts
- Get student and child discounts with an Oyster photocard
- Protect your card from loss or theft
Just keep topping up with credit or renew your Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass on the same Oyster card when you need to.
Oyster is smart - store pay as you go credit and a Travelcard on your card and it will work out which to use.
You will need to pay a £5 deposit when you get a new Oyster card. You can get the deposit refunded when you return your Oyster card to us. Find out more about refunds.
Protect your Oyster card
Protecting your Oyster card means no one can use your card's credit, Travelcards or Bus & Tram Passes once you've reported it lost or stolen. You may also be eligible for a refund or replacement for the remaining pay as you go credit.
If you want to buy monthly or longer period Travelcards or Bus & Tram Passes, you'll need to Register it first (see below).
To protect your card
- Go online
- Or pick up and complete an Oyster registration form at your local Oyster Ticket Stop, Tube or London Overground station, selected National Rail stations or a Travel Information Centre. You must take your Oyster card with you
Register your Oyster card
You'll need to register your Oyster card if you want to buy monthly or longer period Travelcards or Bus & Tram Passes on your Oyster card - they will be protected.
To register, complete an Oyster registration form and take it with your Oyster card to:
- Tube, London Overground and some National Rail station ticket offices
- Oyster Ticket Stops
- Travel Information Centre
If you have protected your card online, you can register it at a Tube station. To do this, take a print out of the card overview page from your online account (as proof of ownership) and ask a member of staff to help you register.
If your card is registered or protected
You can get your money back if you report it lost or stolen.
If your card is not registered or protected
You can't get your money back if its lost or stolen.
Visitor cards cannot be registered or protected.