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Oyster Card Help

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Oyster Card Help


I have an Oyster Card with about £3.80 on there, I'm due in London on Saturday but only making journeys that will accumulate about £2.50 in fee's. Will I be ok to use the Oyster card without topping it up further?

Just, I was reading the TFL website and it mentions;

"Maximum Oyster fare

When you touch in at the start of a Tube/DLR/London Overground/National Rail journey, a charge of up to £6.50 is deducted from your pay as you go credit.

When you touch out at the end of your journey, the charge is adjusted so that you only pay the appropriate Oyster single fare.

If you fail to touch in and out correctly, you will be charged up to £6.50 for a Tube/DLR/London Overground journey/National Rail. This charge will not count towards any cap you may reach that day."

Obviously, this is a higher value than the current credit on my card.

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1. Re: Oyster Card Help

It will probably be OK.

The amount deducted depends what station you join at. In central London it's £4.30 for example. It does allow you to go into deficit, though by how much I don't know. (I was £1.40 down at one stage on my last visit)

I assume they are relying on the £3 deposit to prevent losses

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I'll be interested to learn more too, because as a tourist I would otherwise plan to get down to as near zero as possible. Surely it would allow you to go into deficit as long as you had enough to pay for a "tap out" fare? (I'm assuming that the card is smarter than I am.)

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That is OK. As long as there is enough for the minimum fare you will be let through. If you then travel further than you have money for, your card will go into debt. That will be sorted out the next time you top up.

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I've just had a word with the Oyster Helpline. The man to whom I spoke said that you can travel with only the minimum fare needed for a journey loaded on the card, say £1.80 for a trip within zone 1. If you travel beyond zone 1 with just £1.80 pre-pay loaded 'the gates will stay closed at the end' the Helpline man said, rather eloquently.

You can top up with as little as 10p at an Underground ticket machine, so if you need to add a pound or two to your card on the day you can do so.

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They have never done that for me. I have miscalculated the balance on my Oyster and only been stopped when I have tried to get on a bus. Meant walking back to the station to top up.

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Just go online and stick £5 on it, save worrying.


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