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Oyster card

Southern and Oyster pay as you go

Visit Shop You can use Oyster pay as you go on all Southern services in the London Fare Zones (zones 1-6). You can buy your Oyster card from East Croydon and Balham and (in limited numbers) from any Southern station within the London Fare Zones. Oyster cards are also available from any London Underground station, any one of 3800 Oyster ticket shops, London Overground ticket offices or online at

You can also top up your Oyster card at any Southern self-service ticket machine in the London Fare Zones.

Using your Oyster pay as you go card is very easy, simply remember to touch in on the yellow reader at the start of your journey and touch out at the end of your journey. The cost of your journey is automatically deducted from the balance on your card.

Just make sure you have topped up your card to cover the journey before you start.

For more information read our faqs.

PDF Oyster pay as you go FAQs (138kb)

Where can I travel?

Your Oyster card can be used throughout the London Fare Zones. As well as Southern services you can use the same card on buses, London Underground, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services within the London Zones.

Daily fare caps

An extra benefit of Oyster pay as you go is the daily fare cap. In simple terms, if you make lots of pay as you go journeys in one day, you will never pay more than the price of an equivalent Day Travelcard. There's a different daily price cap for different types of transport and times of day. For details of Oyster pay as you go fares, please visit


If you currently use a Railcard, several discounts are also available on the Oyster pay as you go single fare and the daily cap. Disabled, Senior, 16-25, Gold Card and HM Forces Railcard discounts can be loaded onto your Oyster card at any London Underground or London Overground ticket office.

These Railcards provide a 1/3rd discount on the Off-Peak Oyster pay as you go fare for most journeys on Southern services within the London fare zone and a 1/3rd discount on the Off-Peak daily price cap (Disabled Railcard discounts are also available during Peak times).Your Oyster card will then be ‘flagged/loaded' with the Railcard discount. Including the card's expiry date.

Due to limitations of the pay as you go system, railcard discounts for Friends and Family Railcards, Network Cards or Partner Cards are not available on Oyster pay as you go.

Oyster Conditions of Use

The Oyster Conditions of Use set out your rights and obligations when using an Oyster card 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:

PDF Oyster Conditions of Use (178 KB)