Explore London with a Visitor Oyster card

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.

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.

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.


Download the London Underground map

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

How much is a Travelcard?

A Visitor Oyster Card costs £5. You can then pre-load the card with pay-as-you-go credit, in quantities of £10, £15, £25, £40 or £50.

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. If you prefer a time based card, check out the travel card prices. 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. Some visitors prefer to just be taken around. That's where our Hop on Hop off Big Bus or Golden Tours offer comes in handy.

Visitor Oyster card FAQs

Have a browse of our most commonly asked questions. And if you still can't find what you're looking for, our live chat agents are ready and waiting!


Travelcard prices

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

Learn more


London transport zones

Plan ahead and determine which zones you'll need to visit.

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