Southern 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?
Travelling with contactless is cheaper than paying with cash and normally costs the same as an adult-rate Oyster pay as you go fare. It is a great alternative to Oyster and paper tickets. Use your contactless payment card in exactly the same way as you use your Oyster card, touching in and out for every journey.
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
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:
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: