As any Londoner knows, there are few things more annoying than realising too late that you’ve forgotten to top up your Oyster Card. You queue up to get through the barrier, fail in front of everyone due to insufficient funds and then have to fight your way back through crowds of commuters to join the queue for the ticket machine.
But luckily, TfL has found the perfect 21st-century solution to this problem.
Yes that’s right. Transport for London has launched a new app that lets commuters top up their Oyster Cards on their mobiles.
The TfL Oyster app lets you check the balance on your Oyster Card and top up whenever you want without having to wait in line at the station. Which will save you precious minutes on your commute.
So, you can get to work early. Or maybe just spend a bit longer in bed. The choice is yours.
It’ll even send you an alert telling you to top up if your balance is low. And you’ll be able to view up to eight weeks of your journey history too.
All you need to do is download the free TfL Oyster app from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. Then, just log in, or register for an account if you don’t already have one, and you’re good to go.
The only caveat is that it’ll take 30 minutes for your payment to register. So you have to top up at least half an hour before you want to use the tube, or you’ll have to get in line for one of the machines.
So far, the app only works on London tubes and trains. But, there are plans to make the service available on buses throughout the city by the end of the year.