NFC payments on London Busses

Posted on December 12, 2012


As an oyster user (which is the NFC ticket system in use here in London) I have just had an email to say that I can now use my NFC (Contactess) credit or debit card with the oyster reader on London buses. So now I or anyone can pay for a single fare by just touching your debit card.

Soon, I hope, someone will work out ho to make Phones do this as well so that I can just pay with my phone if required.


i note with some interest that they are explaining in the email that if you have both an oyster card and a credit card in the same wallet/purse/bag etc,  then it may not work,  or may read the wrong card !

It’s good they are explaining this as I am often asked why an oyster does not work when in your wallet !


Another step forward in friction-less living,  well done TFL,  and surely great news for tourists and visitors to be able to get some of the oyster experience without the hassle of obtaining a card.

Lets hope that they extend this to the tube some time soon.



here is the email text


Dear Mr Devo,

I am writing to let you know that we are introducing contactless payment tomorrow; this will initially be available on any of London’s 8,500 buses.*

If you have a contactless debit, credit or charge card, you can now use this to pay for a single bus journey by touching in on the yellow card reader. So if you run out of credit on your Oyster card or normally pay cash, you may find this a useful alternative. The fare will be the same as a single Oyster fare, although Oyster daily price capping does not currently apply.

If you have more than one card that is now accepted on London’s buses (for example an Oyster card and a contactless payment card), please choose which card you intend to pay with, and touch it separately on the yellow reader. If you present two cards together, the reader will normally reject them both, but there is a small possibility of payment being taken from a card which you did not intend to use.

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