Pay as you go
Cheaper, quicker and easier
Oyster single fares are generally cheaper than paying cash
- Oyster automatically works out the cheapest fare for all your journeys in one day so you'll never pay more than the price of a Day Travelcard*. Find out more about Daily price capping
- Put credit on your Oyster card then use it as you go. No more queuing for tickets
- No need to plan your journey or buy a specific ticket in advance
* Does not apply for travel to/from Grays, Purfleet, Ockendon or Chafford Hundred.
Tube, DLR, London Overground, and most National Rail servicesPeak and off-peak fares using pay as you go
- Peak pay as you go fares apply from 06:30 to 09:29 and from 16:00 to 18:59 Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). At all other times, the off-peak pay as you go fare applies
Tube, DLR and London Overground onlyOff-peak fares during the evening peak
- If you travel from outside Zone 1 between 16:00 and 18:59 Mondays to Fridays, and your journey finishes in Zone 1, you will be charged an off-peak fare when using Oyster pay as you go.
Travel via Zone 1Some journeys have been defined as requiring travel via Zone 1 and will be charged accordingly, irrespective of the route taken.
Bus and tram services
There is a flat pay as you go fare on bus and tram travel, with no peak/off-peak difference.
You can give your Oyster card to someone else
If your Oyster only has pay as you go credit at adult rate on it you can let someone else use it, even if the card is registered in your name.
No longer need your Oyster card?
Unused pay as you go credit stays on your Oyster card until you want to use it. If you no longer need your Oyster card, you can return it for a refund of any remaining pay as you go and your deposit. Find out more about refunds.
An Oyster card cannot be used by anyone other than the registered user if it holds a: