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The Key Smartcard

No more fumbling around for paper tickets. Say hello to an easier way to travel when you buy your tickets with The Key Smartcard - Southern's very own smartcard.

QUICK SMART

A faster way to buy and use season tickets. No more queues or waiting for tickets to arrive. Just tap & go

EASY PEASY

The hassle-free way to get going. Buy and renew season tickets online in advance and avoid the rush.

IT'S A KEEPER

Say bye-bye to worn and torn paper tickets. A durable card that lasts and works tap after tap.

SAFE & SOUND

If your Key Smartcard is lost or stolen, we'll block it and replace it free of charge.

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The Key Smartcard is absolutely free.

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How The Key Smartcard works

The Key Smartcard can save you time and hassle. Load tickets onto your Key Smartcard and touch in and out as you travel so there’s no need to queue.

The Key is free: There’s no deposit, no postage charge and it really is smart!

Why not switch over now?

Find out more about how the Key Smartcard works

Using your Key Smartcard

Use your Key Smartcard at most stations on the Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink network.

You can also travel in and around London if you buy a travelcard using buses, tubes, trams, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and other National Rail services.

Download the Key Smartcard map

Types of tickets you can add to The Key Smartcard

  • weekly, monthly or annual season tickets
  • weekly, monthly and annual Travelcard season tickets for the Tube, buses, trams, trains and the Docklands Light Railway
  • Anytime single and return point-to-point tickets
  • Off-Peak single and return point-to-point tickets
  • PLUSBUS tickets for traveling in Crawley and Brighton, excluding Newhaven and Seaford stations

Download our Key Smartcard Guide

KeyGo - Freedom to travel with prepay on your Key Smartcard

Got a Key Smartcard? With keyGo you can add money to your Key account in advance and you’ll automatically be charged the best day fare for your travel.

You can use keyGo for bus and train travel in selected areas on the Southern network.

Set up keyGo, The Key Smartcard pay as you go option. 

Find out more about keyGo

Stations where you can use The Key Smartcard

You can use The Key Smartcard at most stations on the Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink network. You can travel on Gatwick Express services as long as you hold a ticket that is valid on that service. You can also travel in and around London if you buy a travelcard using buses, tubes, trams, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and other National Rail services.

When you buy a ticket online you must collect it from a station outside the London area. These stations are shown with a yellow dot on the Key Smartcard route map. You can also purchase a ticket from any ticket machine on our network that is outside of London.

Download the map for full details of where The Key Smartcard is valid for use and other important information.

Identification for season tickets

For season tickets held on your Key Smartcard, you may need to produce identification to prove that the ticket you hold on your smartcard belongs to you. Suitable forms of identification include a pink photocard (which can be obtained from ticket offices), a passport or driving licence. If you are using your Key Smartcard on another operator’s services, you will need to obtain a pink photocard if you don’t already hold one.

Don't miss out on repayment for delays

Switch to The Key Smartcard and we will automatically alert you if you are due compensation when your train is delayed.

Exclusive Key Smartcard discounts

City Car Club - save £59

Use your Key Smartcard to register and get your first year’s membership for just £1 – a saving of £59. City Car Club offers pay-as-you-go car and van rental across the Southern network.

Join City Car Club

Co-Wheels - save £24

Join with your key for just £1 for your first year. Membership of Co-Wheels, which offers pay-as-you-go car rental in lots of Southern destinations, usually costs £25.

Join Co-Wheels

Need to know more?

Read our answers to frequently asked questions about The Key Smartcard.

Download our pdf guide to The Key Smartcard to find out more.

You can also read the full terms and conditions for using The Key Smartcard.

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