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Do Oyster cards expire?

Last Updated: 1st June, 2021

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"Pay-as-you-go Oyster cards do not expireand customers are able to return their cards at any time fora refund of the remaining balance and card deposit,"Transport for London said. "Revenue generated from fares, includingOyster fares, is used to operate, maintain and upgradeLondon's transport network.

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People also ask, how long is an Oyster card valid for?

24 months

Similarly, can you reactivate an Oyster card? After two years of consecutive non-use, Oystercards may stop working. You can, in principle, get anymoney on them refunded at a London Underground ticket office or TFLTravel Centre.

Keeping this in view, do Visitor Oyster cards expire?

Yes, Visitor Oyster cards never expire.You can top up your pay as you go credit at any Tube stationticket office or machine, Oyster Ticket Stops, TravelInformation Centres and some National Rail stations.

How can I tell how much is left on my Oyster card?

Otherwise, you can go to any oyster ticketmachine, touch your card on the yellow panel and it willtell you the amount, and options to top-up. If you registerit, also you can check on line.

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Lorretta Watremez

Professional

Can you cash in old Oyster cards?

At stations.
If you have £10 or lesspay-as-you-go credit, you can get a refund at tubestation ticket machines. Just touch your Oyster on theyellow card reader, select 'Oyster refund' and followthe instructions. The ticket machine will dispense a refundin cash.

Jesika Finnegan

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Whats the difference between an Oyster card and a Visitor Oyster card?

There are 2 different types of OysterCards: a Visitor Oyster Card and a Regular OysterCard. They function in essentially the same way, but witha few key differences. For example, both cardsoperate on a pay-as-you-go basis, but only the Regular OysterCard can also load travelcards, which are 1 or 7 daypasses.

Azan Dal

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Do Oyster cards work on buses?

Oyster cards
An Oyster card is a smart card that youadd money to, so you can pay as you go. You can pay as you go totravel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail,Emirates Air Line and River Bus. You can also travel on mostNational Rail services in London and some outsideLondon.

Ismene Haehndel

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Can I still use my student Oyster card after it expires?

Your Student-rate travel concession willexpire on your course end date or 14 October 2008, whichever isthe sooner. When your Student-rate travel concessionhas expired, you can still use your 18+ StudentOyster photocard to pay as you go at adult-rate and buy anduse adult-rate season tickets.

Nabil Hanneman

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Do you need to tap out on London buses?

London buses are card only, so no need forcash.

Yajaira Zatta

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How do you use an Oyster card?

To use your Visitor Oyster card, justtouch the card on the yellow card reader. To pay thecorrect fare, you must always touch in at the start and out at theend of every journey you make on Tube, London Overground, DLR, TfLRail, Emirates Air Line cable car and National Railservices.

Jiajun Mewes

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Can you still use Oyster cards in London?

If you do not live in the UK, either buy aVisitor Oyster card before you leave home, or buy anOyster card once you arrive in London at TfLVisitor Centres, stations, Oyster ticket stops and TheTramlink Shop in Croydon.

Meimei Vega

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Is Oyster card cheaper than debit card?

As a general rule a Travelcard is more expensivethan an Oyster card or Contactless paymentcard. The exception is if you make 3 or more journeys for 6days or more within a 7 day period. In this case a 7 day Travelcardworks out cheaper than an Oyster or Contactlesspayment card.

Petria Mestanza

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Can you top up an Oyster card online?

You can top up your Oyster card with PayAs You Go and season tickets at stations, online andat Oyster Ticket Stops.

Yunan Jakubik

Pundit

Where can I get an Oyster card?

You can get an Oyster card:
  • Online with a contactless and Oyster account, if you live inthe UK.
  • At Oyster Ticket Stops in many newsagents in London.
  • At all Tube, London Overground and TfL Rail stations.
  • Some DLR and National Rail stations.
  • At Visitor Centres.
  • At the Tramlink Shop in Croydon.

Joselin Marsky

Pundit

Does Oyster card credit expire?

"Pay-as-you-go Oyster cards do not expireand customers are able to return their cards at any time fora refund of the remaining balance and card deposit,"Transport for London said. "Revenue generated from fares, includingOyster fares, is used to operate, maintain and upgradeLondon's transport network.''

Kyoko Filippovich

Teacher

Can I buy a Visitor Oyster card at Kings Cross Station?

You can buy an Oyster card at Kings Cross.In fact the Oyster card can be purchased: OysterTicket Stops. All Tube, London Overground and TfL Railstations.