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Using an Oyster card

How to use your Oyster card on Southern services, plus details of stations where you can buy or top up your card.

Oyster on Southern services

Using Oyster on Southern services is simple. Just touch in on the yellow card reader at the start of your journey, and touch out at the end. The fare is automatically deducted from your card.

You can use Oyster on all Southern trains within the London Fare Zones (zones 1-6) – as well as on buses, Tubes, Trams, the Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

Buying and topping up your Oyster card at a Southern station

You can buy your Oyster card at East Croydon and London Victoria. Other Southern stations within zones 1-6 also have limited stocks of Oyster cards.

Of course you can also buy your card at:

You can top up your pay as you go Oyster card at any Southern self-service ticket machine in the London Fare Zones, or at Gatwick Airport.

Capping costs

If you have an Oyster card the amount you’ll pay per day will be capped, so you won’t be charged over a certain amount.

This will mean you can catch a few trains or jump onto the Tube or bus without paying over the odds for your ticket.

You won’t normally pay more than a daily pass or Travelcard if you make lots of trips in one day.

Find out more about Oyster capping

Oyster Travelcard Season Ticket

If you want unlimited travel you can buy an Oyster Travelcard Season Ticket.

This will let you travel as much as you like on any National Rail, London Overground, London Underground, buses, Docklands Light Railway and Tramlink service within London Zones 1 - 9.

Railcards and Oyster cards

Do you have a railcard? If so, then make sure you register it when you get an Oyster card.

Your railcard will give you 34% off the price of your tickets if you’re travelling outside the rush hour.

Find out more about Oyster cards

Got a question about using Oyster on Southern? Check our Frequently asked questions.

You can read more about Oyster cards on the Transport for London website.

You can also call Oyster customer services:

  • Telephone: 0845 330 9876
  • Textphone: 020 7027 8511

The Oyster Conditions of Use set out your rights and obligations when you use an Oyster card to travel on Southern or other National Rail services. They apply in addition to the National Rail Conditions of Travel.


You can also use your contactless card for travel in London.