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How do I use Apple Pay on Transport For London (TFL)?

You can use Apple Pay to pay as you go on the London Underground, bus, tram, DLR, London Overground, TFL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

In general, using Apple Pay will be the same as using 'Pay as you go' with a contactless payment card. You will need to touch 'in' and 'out' on rail services to pay the right fare and only touch 'in' on buses and trams. However, there are a couple of differences when you use Apple Pay to travel on TFL services.

To touch in or out with an iPhone, you will need to:

  1. Open Wallet on your iPhone and tap the card you want to pay with
  2. Place your finger on Touch ID to authorise the upcoming payment
  3. Within 1 minute, touch the top of your iPhone flat on the yellow card-reader
  4. When your payment information has been sent, a green light will be displayed on the card-reader
  5. Your iPhone will gently vibrate and beep and you will see 'Done' and a checkmark on your iPhone display

If you receive a phone call after opening Wallet, but before you touch your phone on the card-reader, the payment authorisation will be cancelled and you will need to re-open Wallet and repeat the steps.

If you are using an Apple Watch, you will need to:

  1. Double-click the side button of the Apple Watch
  2. Touch the face of the watch on the yellow card-reader within 1 minute of clicking the side button
  3. When the payment information has been sent, a green light will be displayed on the card-reader and you will feel a gentle tap and hear a beep on your Apple Watch

You can find out further information on the Transport For London website (opens in a new window)