The 60+ Oystercard provides free travel on Transport for London (TfL) services for all Londoners when they reach 60 years old. The scheme is run by Transportf for London and it bridges the gap for older Londoners since the age of eligibility for the London Council’s Freedom Pass was raised by the Government.
Under normal operational circumstances, 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 60th birthday. It also allows holders free travel outside of morning peak hours on other national rail services in the capital. Please check the TfL website for time restrictions, as TfL can impose time restrictions on the pass in the case of extraordinary cirumstances.
To be eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard, you must:
- Be a permanent resident of 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 have a Veterans Oyster card
The easiest way to apply is online here: https://photocard.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/showLogon.do
You need to create a web account with TfL before you can proceed. You will need:
- A colour, digital, passport-sized 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.
- Proof of address
- A valid debit or credit card (registered at your current address), to pay a £20 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 £20 application fee at a Post Office
If you are unable to apply online, you can apply over the phone. You will need:
- To call 0343 222 1234
- Have either your passport or driving licence to hand. You will be asked for the number to verify your identity and age. If you don’t give your passport or driving licence number over the phone you will also be sent a verification letter. You need to take this letter to the Post Office with the required documents for verification.
- You will need to pay a £20.00 charge. This can be done by debit/credit card over the telephone or in person at the Post Office.
- You will be sent a letter in the post. You must send a passport sized photo in the return envelope.
- Allow up to 2 weeks to receive your 60+ Oystercard.
Transition to an Older Person’s Freedom pass
Once you reach the State Pension Age, the 60+ Oystercard is no longer valid and you will need to obtain the Older Person’s Freedom Pass (OPFP). The OPFP is not issued by Transport for London. It is issued by London Councils. Please view our OPFP dedicated page for more information about this pass.
If you agree for TfL to share your personal data with third parties when you apply 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 unsure whether you agreed fior your personal data to be shared with third parties, please contact Transport for London.
For more information:
Tel: 0343 222 1234
Last updated: March 2021