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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?

  • You'll have access to all London transport networks.

       ✔ London Underground (Tube)
       ✔ Buses
       ✔ Docklands Light Rail
       ✔ Overground Trains
       ✔ River Boat
        ✔ Elizabeth Line

  • 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 or Visitor Oyster card, dependent on the length of their pass.

 

 

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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.

 

Download the London Underground map

Plan your London tube journey in advance with a handy London Underground map.

 

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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, £25, £40 or £50.

With your London Pass, you can choose to add a Visitor Oyster card with pre-loaded credit. A £5 fee from TFL will be added to the price of your pass when you checkout. You'll then receive the following credit amounts on us!

  • 1-day pass – £10 travel credit
  • 2-day pass – £15 travel credit
  • 3-day pass – £25 travel credit
  • 4-day pass – £40 travel credit
  • 5-day pass – £50 travel credit
  • 6-day pass – £50 travel credit
  • 7-day pass – £50 travel credit
  • 10-day pass – £50 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 center, 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.

Visitor Oyster card FAQs

  • Where could I visit with my Visitor Oyster card?

    Below is an example itinerary of where you could go with your credit while visiting the wide range of London attractions included in The London Pass®.

    Day 1: Zones: 1 – 2
    Stay within central London for your first day and visit Tower of LondonTower Bridge and Westminster Abbey to discover the rich history and heritage of the capital. Then hop on a River Cruise at the end of the day to watch the sun go down from the Thames.

    Day 2: Zones: 1 – 6
    Travel further afield to the sprawling estate of Hampton Court Palace, the former home of King Henry VIII. See the huge Tudor Kitchens, impressive gardens and maze and learn about the fascinating history of the British Royal Family between the 14th-18th centuries.

    Day 3: Zones: 1 – 2
    Spend the morning in the picturesque Royal Borough of Greenwich visiting the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark before heading back into central London to see more royal attractions – Kensington Palace.

    Even in just three days you can travel across all of London's main zones and visit an impressive eight top London attractions. Thanks to the daily caps, your Visitor Oyster card will save you money.

  • What happens if my value/credit runs out?

    If you need to add more credit to your Visitor Oyster card you can simply 'top up' at one of the machines in the stations, or by going to one of the Transport for London ticket desks. Any credit you don’t use can be kept on the Visitor Oyster card for use at a later date. If you want to claim a refund on any unused credit, visit a Transport for London ticket desk.

  • How does the Visitor Oyster card daily limit work?

    London’s transport network is broken into nine main zones, and each zone has a separate charge rate. But no matter which zone you travel across, any journeys after your third journey that day will not be charged – helping your credit last even longer.

  • Which zones can I travel across? Can I use it from the airport?

    Over 40 attractions included in the London Pass are in Central London Zone 1-2 but the Visitor Oyster card is valid to use across all London Zones 1-9.

    This includes travel to and from Heathrow Airport and London City Airport. If you have chosen to get your Visitor Oyster card sent out to you before you arrive, you can use it to get into London.

    Travel to Gatwick, Luton and Stansted Airports is not included.

 

Travelcard prices

View a price breakdown for the Visitor Oyster card per London Pass duration.

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