Eligible veterans can use London’s travel system for free by using a Veterans Oyster photocard.
The photocard can be used on bus, Tube, tram, London Overground, TFL Rail, and most National Rail services in London.
To be eligible for a Veterans Oyster photocard you have to be in receipt of payments under the War Pensions Scheme, or Guaranteed Income payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Veterans who have received a one-off gratuity payment are not eligible to apply.
To apply, call 0343 222 1234 and request an application form. You will need to provide the following with your application:
- A photocopy of your Awards Notification or annual uprating letter from Veterans UK or the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency dated within the last two years. This will show your entitlement to an ongoing payment under the War Pensions Scheme or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
- A passport-sized photo of your head and shoulders. This must be a true likeness of you, your full face must be clearly visible and you should not be wearing anything that covers your head unless it is consistently worn for medical or religious reasons.
Visit the Transport for London website for more information on how you can use the photocard in London.