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:
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.
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.
A number of overseas agents also sell the Visitor Oyster card and other travel tickets. Find your nearest agent.
No time to buy your tickets before you leave or already in London? Find out about the other tickets available.
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.
|Visitor Oyster card||Travelcard||Cash tickets |
|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||Peak||Off-Peak||Peak||Off-Peak||Any time||Peak||Off-Peak||Any 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
Enjoy special travel discount and promotions with your Visitor Oyster card.
Visit our Visitor Shop to buy adult and child tickets before you leave home.
In order to calculate the fare for your journey you need to touch your Visitor Oyster card on the yellow card reader at the gates when you start your journey and again when you end your journey on the Tube, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services.
If there aren't any gates when you enter or come out of a station, look for a free-standing or wall-mounted yellow card reader instead. If you need help, ask a member of staff.
It is important to touch your Visitor Oyster in and out on a yellow card reader every time - if you don't do this, the system will not know which journey you've made and you may be charged a maximum fare. You may also face a penalty fare or prosecution.
On buses and trams you only need to touch your Visitor Oyster card on the yellow card reader at the start of your journey.
If you run out of money on your Visitor Oyster card, it's easy to add more credit at:
You can't top up your Visitor Oyster card online.
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.
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.
Send your card and a covering letter explaining why you are returning it to:
TfL Customer Services
14 Pier Walk
We will send you a cheque for the unused amount in GBP. We cannot return your card to you.