60+ Oyster Photocard (London - 60 or over and live in a London Borough)

60+ Oyster Photocard
(London - 60 or over and live in a London Borough)
If you are 60 or over and live in a London borough, you can get free travel on our transport services with an Oyster photocard.
60+ London Oyster Photocard Benefits
  • Free travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, Elizabeth line (excluding between West Drayton and Reading) and most National Rail services in London.
  • You can travel free on TfL services from 09:00 weekdays and anytime at weekends and on bank holidays.
  • Discounted fares on River Services.
  • Discounts on Santander Cycle Hire.
60+ London Oyster Photocard Travel on National Rail
  • You can travel free on most National Rail services from 09:30 on weekdays and anytime on weekends and public holidays.
You can also travel free on these National Rail services:
Chiltern Railway    Amersham and Marylebone
Chiltern Railway    West Ruislip and South Ruislip
Great Northern    Finsbury Park and King's Cross and Moorgate
Thameslink    West Hampstead Thameslink, Elephant & Castle and London Bridge
London Northwestern
   Harrow & Wealdstone and Euston
Greater Anglia    Stratford and Liverpool Street
c2c    Upminster and Fenchurch Street

These routes are free if you travel from 09:00 or 09:30 on weekdays, weekends and public holidays:

Between Travel from
Southern Clapham Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone 09:00
Southern New Cross Gate and West Croydon/Crystal Palace 09:30
Southern Peckham Rye and Queens Road 09:30
Southeastern Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye 09:30
60+ London Oyster Photocard Who Is It For?
  • If you're 60 or over and live in a London borough, you can get a 60+ London Oyster photocard until you're eligible for a Freedom Pass.
  • You can't get a 60+ London Oyster photocard if you already have a Veterans Oyster photocard.
60+ London Oyster Photocard How To Apply
  • You apply online for a 60+ London Oyster photocard from two weeks before your 60th birthday.
60+ London Oyster Photocard You Need To Provide:
  1. Active email address.
  2. Details from your valid, machine-readable passport or your valid UK driving licence (full or provisional).
  3. A colour image of your valid, machine-readable passport. This must be in .png or .jpg format and be less than 6MB. The image must show your photo, personal details and passport number.
  4. Digital photo of you which must be a .jpg, .bmp or .gif file and be less than 6MB.
  5. Debit or credit card registered at your address to confirm you live in a London borough and pay £20.
If you don't have these, you can still apply online but may be asked to:
  • Print a verification letter and take it to a Post Office in London with proof of your age and address.
  • Pay £20 at a Post Office.
60+ London Oyster Photocard Proof of age can be one of the following:
  • A valid passport.
  • An ID card from a European Economic Area country.
  • Medical Card.
  • Birth certificate.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Biometric Residency Permit.
60+ London Oyster Photocard Proof of address can be one of the following:
  1. Residential utility bill (from last three months).
  2. Bank, building society or credit statement (from last three months).
  3. Department for Work and Pensions letter (from last three months).
  4. HM Revenue and Customs letter (from last three months).
  5. Occupational pension letter (from last three months).
  6. Council Tax bill.
  7. Television licence.
  8. A valid driving licence.
  9. Council or Housing Association rent book or statement.
60+ London Oyster Photocard Check Your Application Status
  • When you apply for your 60+ London Oyster photocard, we'll set up a photocard web account for you.
  • You can check your application status when you sign in to your photocard web account.
  • Text your application reference number to 07624 809 330.
  • You'll receive a response from our SMS service (standard network charges apply).
60+ London Oyster Photocard How To Use
  1. Once you get your 60+ London Oyster photocard, you can use it straight away.
  2. Make sure you touch in at the start of your journey and touch out at the end on yellow card readers.
  3. You only need to touch in on buses and trams.
  4. Use your photocard web account to manage your card or report a lost card.
  5. You can't add credit to your 60+ London Oyster photocard to pay as you go.
60+ London Oyster Photocard Yearly Address Check And Fee
  • You need to provide proof of your London borough address and pay £10 (non-refundable) for each year you have your photocard.
  • We'll let you know how and when to do this.
  • Use your photocard web account to keep your contact details up to date so you don't miss any important messages from us.
  • Your photocard will be stopped if you don't provide proof or if you no longer live in a London borough.
  • If you're still eligible, you need to apply for a new 60+ London Oyster photocard and pay £20.
60+ London Oyster Photocard Expiry
  1. When your 60+ London Oyster photocard expires you may be eligible for a Freedom Pass.
  2. If you agreed to share your data with London Councils when you applied for your 60+ London Oyster photocard, they'll send you a letter to confirm your name and address.
  3. Once they've received confirmation and you meet the criteria for a Freedom Pass, London Councils will send you a Freedom Pass. You don't need to apply or provide a new photo.
Freedom Passes and 60+ Oyster Cards
Freedom Passes are generally issued on what is in technical terms an Oyster card, though it does not bear that name. Freedom passes are free travel passes available to Greater London residents who are over a specified age (60 until March 2010, increasing in phases to 66 from March 2020) or with a disability specified in the Transport Act 2000; individual London boroughs have exceptional discretion to issue Freedom Passes to disabled people who do not meet the national statutory requirements (though they have to fund them). On weekdays, travel is free from 09:00 on the Tube, DLR, buses, Tramlink, and select National Rail services, and after 09:30 free travel is available on most National Rail journeys entirely within the London zones. On weekends and bank holidays, there are no time restrictions. Cards issued to people with a specified disability have no time restrictions. Holders cannot put any money or ticket products on a Freedom Pass; to travel outside these times, a separate Oyster card or other valid ticket is required.
Residents who are over 60 but who do not qualify for a Freedom Pass can obtain a similar 60+ Oyster Card for a single fee. The outer boundary of the area in which Freedom Passes and 60+ Oyster Cards can be used is mostly the same as the area within which ordinary Oyster Cards can be used. Oyster PAYG cards can be used to Broxbourne station, but Freedom Passes and 60+ Oyster cannot be used north of Turkey Street or Enfield Lock stations. This is because National Express East Anglia took the decision to accept Oyster PAYG only as far as Broxbourne.
Freedom Passes issued to qualifying persons are also an English National Concessionary Bus Pass. They look identical to concessionary bus passes but are additionally marked "Freedom Pass" with the word "Pass" in red. Unlike the Freedom pass, the 60+ Oyster card is not valid for concessionary travel outside of the area approved by the Greater London Authority. This is because the concessionary bus travel scheme is centrally funded by government, but the Oyster 60+ and the Freedom Pass's validity on Tube, tram and rail networks is funded locally by the Greater London Authority.

Please allow sufficient time to receive your railcard before your departure.


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