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Pink card readers

Pink card reader

There are pink card readers at some Tube and London Overground stations. They tell us which route you’ve taken so we can charge you the right fare. Some routes are cheaper than others, such as those which don’t include travel in Zone 1.

If you’re using pay as you go or have a Travelcard that doesn’t include Zone 1 and changing trains during your journey at one of the stations listed below, you should touch your Oyster card on a pink card reader to pay the right fare.

There are pink card readers on, or in between, London Overground platforms at:

  • Blackhorse Road
  • Canada Water
  • Clapham Junction
  • Gospel Oak
  • Gunnersbury
  • Hackney Central/Hackney Downs
  • Highbury & Islington
  • Kensington (Olympia)
  • Richmond
  • Stratford
  • Surrey Quays
  • West Brompton
  • Whitechapel
  • Willesden Junction

There are pink card readers on the Tube platforms at:

  • Rayners Lane
  • Wimbledon

Pink card readers are on or in between the platforms where you change trains. If there isn’t a pink card reader where you change trains, it means you don’t need to use one.

Touch in and out on the yellow card readers as normal at the beginning and end of your journeys.

If you don’t touch on a pink card reader:

  • You might pay a higher pay as you go fare – for example, you might pay for a journey that includes Zone 1, even if you haven’t travelled through it
  • If you’re using a Travelcard which does not include Zone 1, you might be charged an extension fare, which will then be deducted from your pay as you go credit

To see whether you need to touch on a pink card reader during your journey, or if you can take a cheaper route, use the single fare finder.

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