Where you can use your Oyster Card

The brilliant thing about the Oyster Card is that you can use it on most of the public transport in the capital. Being able to use one method of payment across a whole range of transport methods streamlines the journeys of commuters and tourists alike. In this post we’ll be looking at just where you can use that handy smartcard.

Buses and trams

You can use your Oyster on all buses within and just outside of London and all trams. If a bus displays the iconic red roundel logo it means you can use your card.

Tube, DLR, TfL Rail and London Overground

You can use your card across all of the above methods on all services throughout Zones 1-9, and to Watford Junction and Shenfield.

National Rail

You can use your Oyster on all suburban trains stopping in Zones 1-9, as well as on journeys to the following destinations: Chafford Hundred, Grays, Ockendon, Purfleet, Watford Junction, Broxbourne, Hertford East, Ware, St Margarets, Rye House.

There are, however, exceptions. You are not able to use your card on National Rail services to Heathrow Express, Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow, or any journey that begins or finishes outside the pay as you go area.

River services

You can use the pay as you go credit on your Oyster Card to travel on the Thames Clippers River Bus. However, these journeys do not count towards your daily cost cap. Travelcards are not valid on these services, but if you have a Travelcard on your Oyster, you will receive a third off all pay as you go fares.

Emirates Air Line

When travelling on the Emirates Air Line, you can use pay as you go credit on your Oyster by touching the card reader on the ticket gate. If you have a Travelcard you will be able to purchase a discounted boarding pass.