The Visitor Oyster card is your ticket to exploring the city and covers all your transport needs. It’s simple, easy to use, and activates upon entry at any ticket barrier. Just tap in on the circular yellow card reader and tap out again when you finish your journey. If you buy The London Pass® and travel package, your electronic Visitor Oyster card will be pre-loaded with credit to match your London Pass duration.
What are the perks of purchasing a Visitor Oyster card?
✔ London Underground (Tube)
✔ Docklands Light Rail
✔ Overground Trains
✔ River Boat
You can travel at any time of day, on any day of the week, around Central London.
It's the cheapest and most flexible travel around the city.
It saves the hassle of buying daily tickets: the Visitor Oyster card is your all-inclusive travel card.
You won’t be charged after your first three journeys thanks to its daily cap.
Please note: children under 11 years of age can travel for free on London Transport with an adult holding a valid Visitor Oyster card. Children between 11 – 15 with a London Pass + Travel package will receive a Paper Travelcard, not a Visitor Oyster card.
Using your Visitor Oyster card
The Visitor Oyster card is not stamped with a start or expiry date which means you can start using it whenever you want and any remaining credit can be used during any future trips to London. You can also easily top it up with cash or card at any TFL ticket counter. And don't worry, using your Visitor Oyster card for the first time won't activate your London Pass.
Understanding your Visitor Oyster card credit
The London Pass® + Visitor Oyster card packages have been designed to save you money as they are the cheapest way of travelling around the city. Each Visitor Oyster card comes with a pre-loaded credit/value for your journeys across central London for the duration of your London Pass.
How much is a Travelcard?
Without a London Pass, a Visitor Oyster Card costs £5. Then, you can pre-load the card with pay as you go credit, in quantities of £10, £15, £20, £25, £30, £35, £40 or £50.
With your London Pass, you can choose to add a Visitor Oyster card with pre-loaded credit as follows:
- 1-day pass – £15 travel credit
- 2-day pass – £20 travel credit
- 3-day pass – £30 travel credit
- 4-day pass – £35 travel credit
- 5-day pass – £40 travel credit
- 6-day pass – £55 travel credit
- 7-day pass – £55 travel credit
- 10-day pass – £55 travel credit
Remember: the Visitor Oyster card is the cheapest way of getting around London as the maximum daily charges mean you travel free after you reach the 'daily cap'.
London Travel Zones
While London has a total of 9 zones expanding outwards from its centre, most attractions on The London Pass can be found in Zones 1–3. The more zones you travel through, the more money is likely to be deducted from your Oyster credit. It's a good idea to check what zones you plan to travel between before you set off exploring. Check out this handy tool here.
Peak and Off-Peak advice
- Peak fares - Monday to Friday (not on public holidays) between 6:30AM and 9:30AM, and between 4PM and 7PM.
- Off-Peak fares - at all other times and if you travel from a station outside Zone 1 to a station in Zone 1 between 4PM and 7PM, Monday to Friday.