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Visitor Oyster card

Why get a Visitor Oyster card?

A Visitor Oyster card is a travel smartcard and the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London:

  • Save time - your card is ready to use as soon as you arrive
  • It's cheaper than buying a paper Travelcard or single tickets
  • Great value - there is a daily price cap - once you have reached this limit, you won't pay any more (except on Emirates Air Line cable car and Thames Clipper River Buses)
  • Enjoy special discounts on the Emirates Air Line cable car and Thames Clipper river buses
  • Exclusive offers and promotions at over 25 leading London restaurants, shops and entertainment venues

The card costs £3 (non-refundable) and is pre-loaded with money for you to spend on travel. You can choose how much credit to add to your card: £10, £15, £20, £30, £40, £50.

Visiting London for 2 days?

    Start with £20 credit on your card for unlimited off-peak travel in central London (Zones 1 and 2).

    Save time and money - buy a Visitor Oyster card before you leave and get it delivered to your home address. It is not possible to buy a Visitor Oyster card when you are in London.

    Buy a Visitor Oyster card

    A Visitor Oyster card costs £3 (non-refundable) plus postage and is pre-loaded with pay as you go credit for you to spend on travel. You can choose how much credit to add to your card: £10, £15, £20, £25, £30, £35, £40 or £50. 

    Your card will be posted to your home address. UK delivery typically takes 2-4 days, overseas delivery 8-14 days.

    Other options to buy tickets

    A number of overseas travel agents also sell the Visitor Oyster card. Find your nearest agent.

    No time to buy your tickets before you leave or already in London? Find out about the other tickets available.

      Great value

      There is a daily price cap for using your Visitor Oyster card - once you have reached this limit, you won't pay any more.

      For example you can travel as many times as you like in a day in Zones 1 and 2 (from 04:30 to 04:29 the next day) and you will never be charged more than £8.40 even if you make 20 journeys.


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      Cost of single journey on Tube, DLR, London Overground
      Maximum daily cost of unlimited journeys

      Cost of single journey on bus and tram

      Maximum daily cost of unlimited journeys

      Cost of single journey on Tube, DLR, London Overground
      Travel Zones PeakOff-PeakPeakOff-PeakAny time
      PeakOff-PeakAny time
      Zone 1 only
      £2.20

      £2.20

      £8.40

      £7.00

      £1.45
      Maximum daily cost for unlimited journeys on buses and trams £4.40
      £9.00

      N/A

      £4.70

      Zone 1-2
      £2.80

      £2.20

      £8.40

      £7.00

      £9.00

      N/A

      £4.70

      Zones 1-4
      £3.80

      £2.70

      £10.60

      £7.70

      £11.40

      N/A

      £5.70

      Zones 1-6 £5.00

      £3.00

      £15.80

      £8.50

      £17.00

      £8.50

      £5.70

      Find out the difference between a Visitor Oyster card and a Travelcard.

      Special offers and discounts

      Save money with with your Visitor Oyster card, enjoy:

      Child tickets

      • Children under 11 travel free on buses and trams
      • Up to four children under 11 years of age can travel for free when accompanied by a fare paying adult on Tube, DLR, London Overground services
      • Children under five travel for free on the Emirates Air Line when accompanied by a fare paying adult
      If you're travelling with children over 11 years of age, you have two ticket options:

      Visit our Visitor Shop to buy adult and child tickets before you leave home.

      How to add credit to your card

      If you run out of money on your Visitor Oyster card, it's easy to add more credit at:

      • Ticket machines in Tube, DLR, London Overground and some National Rail stations
      • Around 4,000 Oyster Ticket Stops across London
      • Travel Information Centres
      • Tube and London Overground station ticket offices

      You can't top up your Visitor Oyster card online.

      Unused credit on your card

      The credit on your card never expires so you can keep your card until your next visit to London, or lend it to friends and family.

      Please check the balance on your Visitor Oyster card before you leave London at a Tube, DLR or London Overground station ticket machine or Oyster Ticket Stop as you cannot do this from home.

      To get a refund on any unused credit take your card to a Tube station or post it to us.

      Refunds at Tube station ticket offices

      We will ask you for proof of your name and address. Your refund will be paid in cash or by debit/credit card depending on how you paid for the credit originally. Your Visitor Oyster card will be returned to you for future use.

      Acceptable proof of your identity

      • A valid passport or an ID card from an European Economic Association country
      • NHS medical card
      • Birth certificate
      • Driving licence

      Acceptable proof of your address

      • Current council tax bill
      • Current council or housing association rent book or statement
      • Residential utility bill (dated within the last three months)
      • Residential bank or building society statement (dated within the last three months)
      • Credit card statement (dated within the last three months)

      We do not accept mobile phone bills as proof of name and address.

      Refunds by post

      Send your card and a covering letter explaining why you are returning it to:

      TfL Customer Services

      14 Pier Walk
      4th Floor
      London
      SE10 0ES

      We will send you a cheque for the unused amount in GBP. We cannot return your card to you.