You can use your contactless card or mobile payment app on public transport in London, including on Tubes, buses and National Rail services.
This is cheaper than buying paper tickets. It’s also the same price as using the official Transport for London (TfL) contactless travel card, the Oyster card.
The disadvantage to using a bank card or mobile payment app instead of Oyster when it comes to travelling in London is you only load a Travelcard or Bus & Tram pass onto an Oyster card.
Make sure you use the same method of payment, whether it’s an Oyster card, contactless card or mobile payment app, to use contactless travel. This is because TfL have a capped pricing system, where as soon as you get to the daily or weekly limit, your travel for the rest of the day or week is free.
If you use a different charge to tap in or out, you’ll get charged the maximum fare.
Many other public transport networks across the country now also allow contactless payment. This includes the Manchester Metrolink and buses run by Stagecoach or First Bus.
Make sure you check before travelling if your local public transport provider offers contactless payment.