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Contactless payment card

Contactless cardSouthern and contactless payment cards

Contactless is quick, easy and secure. You can now use your contactless payment card on the bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National services, including Southern Railway, in London.

What is Contactless?

Contactless payment cards are debit, credit, charge or pre-paid cards which can be used to make payments for everyday purchases of less than £30 per transaction. There’s no need for a PIN or a signature, just touch your card on a yellow card reader to pay for your journey.

Why use Contactless?

With pay as you go, you don’t need to queue to buy a ticket. Just touch your card on the yellow card reader at the start of your journey, and use the same card to touch out again at the end. It is the easiest way to pay for your travel but some National Rail tickets are cheaper - such as returns, season tickets and group tickets.

How are you charged?

You are charged an adult-rate pay as you go fare when you use a contactless payment card, but the way that you pay for travel is slightly different from using Oyster. This is because you don't add credit before you travel. Instead the total cost of all the journeys that you make in one day is calculated at the end of the day and a single charge is made to your contactless payment card account.

When you touch your contactless payment card on a card reader, you are:

  • Authorising the cost of a single journey to be taken from your card account
  • Agreeing to pay any unpaid fares. This is usually for a journey that you have made in the past, for which payment was subsequently declined by your card issuer

To find out more please read our FAQs...

Contactless Conditions of Use

Conditions of use set out your rights and obligations when using Contactless payment to travel on Southern as well as other Train operating Companies on National Rail services. They apply in addition to the conditions set out in the National Rail Conditions of Carriage, which you can view and download from the following link:

PDF National Rail Conditions of Carriage (284 KB)

Where these Conditions of Use differ from the National Rail Conditions of Carriage, they take precedence when you are using your Oyster card. Please click on the following link to download a PDF version of the Oyster conditions of use:

Contactless conditions of carriage on TfL website