Where can I use my Pay As You Go Oyster card?

If you have a Pay As You Go Oyster card, you can use it to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, the Emirates Airline, London Overground and National Rail services in London. You can also use it to travel on Thames Clippers River Bus services but these journeys do not count towards daily caps.

You can use Oyster Pay As You Go in London on all suburban trains stopping in Zones 1 – 9 and journeys to:

  • Chafford Hundred
  • Grays 
  • Ockendon 
  • Purfleet 
  • Watford Junction 
  • Broxbourne
  • Hertford East
  • Ware
  • St Margarets
  • Rye House
  • Merstham
  • Earlswood
  • Redhill
  • Salfords
  • Horley
  • Gatwick Airport

Using Oyster Pay As You Go is usually cheaper than paying cash. However, you must touch in at the start of each journey and touch out at the end to ensure you pay the correct fare - on bus and tram you need only touch in.

If you wish to know how much you will be charged for your journey, you can find single fares here.  If you use your Oyster pay As You Go for a number of journeys, the fare you will pay will be capped at below the Daily Travelcard rate. For daily price capping information see here

Please note you can't use Oyster on the following rail services:

  • Heathrow Express
  • Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow 
  • Any journey starting or finishing outside the pay as you go area

Oyster cards are not accepted on East Midlands Trains, Grand Central, Hull Trains, Virgin Trains, or Virgin Trains East Coast services.

You can purchase an Oyster extension ticket (only available from ticket offices or Southern Railway or certain TfL ticket machines) if you have a Travelcard and want to travel outside the area it covers.  This will be cheaper than buying an ordinary ticket between the last station covered by your Travelcard and your destination.

A map of rail services where you can use Oyster pay as you is available on the Tfl website.