Visitors Oyster Card for transport in London

oystercardLondon is your oyster with a London Transport Visitor Oyster Card – and you can get yours through British T.I.P.S.!

The Visitor Oyster Card is a pay-as-you-go smartcard for use on London’s public transport systems. For use on: London Underground (Tube), bus, tram, Docklands Light Rail, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line cable car, Thames Clippers River Bus and most National Rail services in London. or 021 975 2047

Visitors Oyster Cards come preloaded and include the card itself. They do not expire and are not date specific, and can be topped up in London as needed.

Rates per person* valid until 28 February 2020

  • Preloaded with £15: R510
  • Preloaded with £25: R735
  • Preloaded with £35: R960

**Children aged 12 – 15 years: Go to to a staffed ticket office in London with the card and the child’s passport. They will then ensure that the card will only get charged at half-price for each swipe. We recommend a £15 card.
Children aged 0 – 11 years: travel free of charge with the parents/guardians.

Rates subject to major currency fluctuation and availability.

For use on: London Underground (Tube), bus, tram, Docklands Light Rail, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line cable car, Thames Clippers River Bus and most National Rail services in London.

Visitors Oyster Cards in a nutshell:

  • Pre-loaded smartcard
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Top up when you’re there
  • Never expires
  • No photo ID needed

Download full info leaflet: 2018 – Visitor Oyster Card Information

Why use a Visitors Oyster Card?

  • Cheaper: It is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys (50% less than buying paper Travelcards or single tickets with cash), it saves you time too.
  • All London public transport: Covers London Underground (‘the tube’), bus, London Overground, and most National Rail services in London.
  • No queues: Your card is ready to use as soon as you arrive in London.
  • Easy to use: Touch it to the yellow card reader at the gates when you start and end your journey.
  • Pay as you go: You decide how much to load before you can, and you can top up as yoVisitorOysteru go.
  • Price capping means you never use more than £6.50 per day in Central London.
  • Offers and discounts at several London attractions, restaurants and experiences.
  • It is valid in all travel zones and automatically calculates the cheapest total fare for all the journeys you make in a single day.]

Why should I get a Visitors Oyster Card instead of a Travelcard?

Transport for London is phasing the old paper travelcards out in favour of the Oyster Card. However, it is still possible to load a travelcard onto your Visitors Oyster Card once in London to help you plan your budget.

A Travelcard is a paper London travel pass valid for either a single day or seven days, and is available for certain combinations of travel zones. It is also valid on all public transport on the TfL network.

What is capping?

Capping is a feature of pay as you go which allows you to make a number of journeys in a single day but limits the amount you pay for your travel. Each time you make a journey, you are charged a fare. Once the total cost of all your fares reaches a certain amount you won’t have to pay for any more journeys for the rest of the day. This is called a cap.

If you make a lot of rail journeys or a mixture of rail, bus and tram journeys in one day within Zones 1-9, pay as you go with daily capping is better value than buying a Day Travelcard. If you make a lot of bus and tram journeys, pay as you go with daily capping is better value than buying a One Day Bus & Tram Pass. 

To benefit from capping, you must touch in and out on every journey using the same Oyster card (touch in only on buses).

How daily capping works

Daily caps are calculated over a 24-hour period, covering all the journeys started between 04:30 and 04:29 the next day. There are different caps for different types of transport and times of day.

We can work out when you have reached a cap because every journey you make is logged and the system automatically keeps a running total of:

  • All the zones you travel through
  • What time you touch in on each journey (this determines both the fare and the cap)
  • All fares paid in a single day

When the total cost of all your journeys reaches a certain amount, a cap is applied. Any journeys you make for the rest of the day in the same zones won’t be charged.

The cap you’re charged depends on the type of transport you’ve used. There are different caps for:

  • All services (bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most* National Rail journeys in London)
  • Bus & Tram (bus and tram journeys only)

Some journeys, no matter what route you take, are automatically charged to include Zone 1 and capping reflects this.

And some more info:

Note that the London Oyster Cards are actual cards that require courier or collection.


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