60+ Oyster card
Free travel on Transport for London (TfL) services for all Londoners when they reach 60 years old.
The 60+ London Oyster photocard scheme entitles Londoners to free travel on all TfL services and some national rail services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from their sixtieth birthday. It also allows holders free travel outside of morning peak hours on other national rail services in the capital.
The scheme bridges the gap for older Londoners since the age of eligibility for the London Council’s Freedom Pass was raised by the Government.
Eligibility for the Freedom Pass, for both men and
women, was raised by the Government in line with the state retirement
age for women.
The age at which people qualify for the Freedom Pass is rising incrementally. To check when you will become eligible for the Freedom Pass, simply enter your date of birth into the Freedom Pass calculator
A 60+ London Oyster photocard allows you to travel free on public transport in London from the age of 60 until you qualify for a Freedom Pass.
To be eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard, you must:
- Live in a London borough
- Be aged 60 or over
You’re not eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard if:
- You’re eligible for an older, or disabled person’s Freedom Pass
- You’ve got a Veterans Oyster photocard
- You’re aged under 60
- You don’t live in a London borough
Apply for the 60+ London Oyster photocard online.
The application process will be primarily online although anyone who is not able to complete the application online can call 0343 222 1234 (press option 1 and then option 1)
To apply online you’ll need:
- A colour, digital photograph
- An active email address
- A machine-readable passport (most valid travel passports are machine-readable) or a UK driving licence (full or provisional). If you don’t have a current passport or driving license you can use your birth certificate as proof of your age for eligibility.
- A valid debit or credit card (registered at your current address), to pay the £10 admin fee and verify your address
If you don’t have all this information you can still apply online but may be asked to:
- Download and print off a verification letter and take it to a Post Office in London with proof of your age and address
- Pay the £10 application fee at a Post Office
- Send us a passport size photograph of yourself in the post
If apply over the phone, you will need:
- Details from your machine-readable passport or UK driving licence
- Your date of birth
- Your address
- A valid debit or credit card (registered at your current address) to pay the £10 admin fee and verify your address
60+ Oyster card renewal:
A very common question to TfA’s advice line is how do I renew my 60+ Oystercard? You don’t actually need to renew your pass as the expiry date is when you are entitled to an Older Persons Freedom Pass.
The Freedom Pass is administered by London Councils so you may need to fill out a new application form which you can complete online or pick up from your local Post Office. However if you agreed for TfL to share data when you applied for the 60+ Oystercard they will forward your details to London Councils approximately 4 weeks before your 60+ pass is due to expire. Your local Council is then responsible for processing your Freedom Pass and will contact you if they require any further information.
If you are not sure if you agreed for TfL to share your information and would like them to do so then call TfL on 0343 222 1234 (press option 1 and then option 1). You can also contact your local Council to check that they have received the information and are processing your Freedom Pass.
Transferring your 60+ Oyster pass to a Freedom Pass online
As you know, your 60+ Oyster card will stop when you become eligible for the Older Person Freedom Pass.
As long as you didn’t opt out of TFL sharing your data with London Councils, you will be sent a letter asking you to confirm your name and address. You can do it online https://secure.freedompass.org/account/sixtyplus
Once They received confirmation of your details they will issue you with a new Freedom Pass.