London: Public Transport - Contactless Payments

London: Public Transport - Contactless Payments

Tapping in with contactless
Source: TfL
The entire Underground, Bus, Overground, Tram, National Rail and DLR network are contactless enabled. This means that anyone visiting London no longer needs to buy an Oyster Card or paper ticket to travel. 

They can tap their contactless-enabled debit or credit card on the yellow Oyster Card readers and it will work in the same way as an Oyster Card. There is no need to top up, as the money is taken from your bank account at the end of the day. 

International visitors should be aware that many banks charge fees for foreign transactions (such as those made in pounds). International visitors should also inform their bank about their travel to London in advance to minimise the risk of their cards being blocked for fraud prevention reasons.

Contactless travel prices are the same as on an Oyster Card, and there is a daily cap as on Oyster. Contactless users also get the added benefit of a weekly price cap (from Monday to Sunday only) at the same price as a 7-day Travelcard. You cannot add a Travelcard to a contactless payment card.

Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay are accepted in the same way as a contactless payment card. Remember to have enough mobile phone battery to complete the journey.

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