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Visitor Oyster cards are electronic smartcards that come fully charged with credit which you can spend as you travel on the Tube, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.
It's easy to use a Visitor Oyster card. Simply touch the card on the yellow card reader at the gates when you start and end your journey. This will ensure you pay the correct fare. If you don't, you may get charged a penalty fare. If you need help, ask a member of station staff.
You only need to touch the yellow card reader at the start of your journey on buses and trams.
London's public transport network is divided up into nine travel zones. Zone 1 is in Central London and zones 6 to 9 are on the outskirts of the city.Travel ticket prices vary depending on the transport service you use, the zone(s) you travel in, the day you travel and the time you travel.
Peak travel is between 6:30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday. Travel is more expensive during these hours than it is during off peak travel times (all other times, including bank holidays).
Buy a Visitor Oyster card before you visit London and get it delivered to your home address. A card costs £3 (non-refundable) plus postage. You can choose how much credit to add to your card. If you are visiting London for two days, we recommend you start with £20 credit.