Maximum pay as you go fare
If you're using pay as you go on Tube, Docklands Light Rail (DLR), London Overground or National Rail services and don't touch in and out correctly, your journey could be 'incomplete' and you will be charged a maximum pay as you go fare of up to £8.30, for a single journey.
Why charge a maximum fare?
Because we can't tell where you've travelled from, we can't work out the right fare. We apply these charges to discourage fare evasion.
How it works
When you touch in at the start of a Tube, DLR, London Overground or National Rail journey, we deduct up to £8.30 from your pay as you go credit.
When you touch out at the end, your Oyster card works out the right fare for your journey and adjusts the amount taken from your credit.
If you don't touch in and out correctly, your Oyster card doesn't know what to charge you so takes up to £8.30 from your credit.
This maximum fare doesn't count towards that day's price cap.
Maximum pay as you go fares don't apply on buses and trams.