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Using an Oyster card

How to use your Oyster card on Thameslink trains in London.

What is Oyster?

Oyster is a smartcard from Transport for London (TfL) which can hold pay as you go credit, Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.

You can use Oyster on all of our trains for journeys that start and finish in the London Travelcard area.

It’s quick and easy to buy an Oyster card, top up online and add your Travelcard or season ticket.

You can use the Oyster card on buses, Tubes, trams, the Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

Capping costs

The daily cost for pay as you go on Oyster is capped, so if you’re making several trips it could work out cheaper than buying separate tickets.

You won’t normally pay more than a daily pass or Travelcard, however many trips you make in one day.

Find out more about Oyster capping

Oyster Travelcard Season Ticket

If you want unlimited travel you can buy an Oyster Travelcard Season Ticket.

This will let you travel as much as you like on any National Rail, London Overground, London Underground, bus, Docklands Light Railway and Tramlink service within the London Zones covered by the season ticket.

Railcards and Oyster cards

Do you have a railcard? If so, then make sure you register it when you get an Oyster card.

Your railcard will give you 34% off the price of your tickets if you’re travelling outside the rush hour.

Find out more about Oyster cards

You can read more about Oyster cards on the Transport for London website.

You can also call Oyster customer services:

  • Telephone: 0845 330 9876
  • Textphone: 020 7027 8511

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