Frequent question: Do you tap in and out on London buses?

Where you touch in and out tells us where you’ve travelled from and to, so we can charge you the right fare for your completed journey. This is for all Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, National Rail, River Bus and Emirates Air Line journeys. Only touch in on buses and trams.

Can you tap debit card on London bus?

As of today, you can board buses and tube trains in London by simply swiping your credit or debit card. Handily for visitors, tourists or anyone who’s left their Oyster card in their other pantaloons, you no longer need to buy a paper ticket or top up your Oyster.

Can I use Oyster card on London buses?

An Oyster card is a smart card that you add money to, so you can pay as you go. You can pay as you go to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, most TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line and Thames Clippers River Bus services.

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Do you have to tap off buses?

What happens if I forget to tap off? You will be charged the single fare to the end of the route, so always remember to tap off in order to pay the correct fare. If you do forget to tap off and are overcharged as a result, please contact customer services.

How does contactless work on a bus?

Look for the contactless symbol on your credit or debit card to see if your card is contactless enabled. Then, board a bus with the contactless symbol and instead of paying with cash, simply tap your card or contactless-enabled device onto the reader and wait for the beep.

Is it cheaper to use Oyster or contactless?

It’s publicised that if you use contactless to pay for travel in London, it’s the same price as using an Oyster card. … Of course, if you have a railcard discount (or similar) applied to your Oyster, that will always be cheaper than contactless. Discounts cannot be applied to contactless payment cards.

Are London buses still free?

All buses in London are cash-free. This means you will need to have an Oyster card, contactless payment,or a valid ticket to travel on a London Bus.

How do you pay for London buses?

London buses are card only, so no need for cash. Choose a Visitor Oyster card*, an Oyster card, a Travelcard or a contactless payment card to pay your fare.

How far out of London can I use Oyster?

Oyster on Southern services

The correct fare is automatically deducted from your card. You can use your Oyster card on all Southern trains within the London Zones 1-6 – as well as on buses, Tubes, Trams, The Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

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What happens if you tap out without tapping in?

Tapping In and Out

If you forget to tap in or out with your contactless card you’ll get the same maximum fare as you would with Oyster.

What happens if you forget to tap off a bus?

If you don’t have a default set on your card and you forget to tap off at the end of your trip, you’ll be charged the fare to the last stop on the train line or bus route and with your fare type and any applicable loyalty discounts applied. This is because the PRESTO system doesn’t know where you travelled to.

Do you need to tap out on London Trams?

When finishing a journey by tram you do not need to touch out at all. If you do you will be charged a maximum rail fare. If you are switching between train and tram your rail journey will be ended when touching in on the tram boarding validator on platform 1.

How does contactless work on London buses?

Touch in at the start of your journey and touch out at the end on yellow card readers using contactless (card or device). Only touch in on buses and trams. Find out more about touching in and out. You can pay for someone else’s travel with your contactless card or device if they’re travelling with you.

Why does my contactless not work on the bus?

This may be because your bank account doesn’t have enough money to pay for your journey. If this happens you’ll need to get your card reauthorised. You can do this in two ways: Contact your card issuer.

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Can I use contactless on first bus?

Secure contactless payments are now available on all of our buses. Paying with contactless is a simple and secure way to pay for tickets without cash. One tap of your contactless card, Apple Pay or Google Pay and you’re aboard and ready to go, no need to worry about having the right change.