I am going to London in February and am not sure about all the uses of the Oyster Card. Can I use the Thameslink with an Oyster Card? Even in off-peak times such as 5am or 12 am?

  • Welcome to Travel SE :) Good question. Also, it happens to be one that has already been asked and answered here :) – Jonik Jan 24 '18 at 14:53
  • Why not use contactless ? One less card to carry. – DumbCoder Jan 24 '18 at 17:24

The rules for using the card are available fromthis page


Basically, yes you can even though you are outside the normal area for Oyster services. Make sure you do not get the Gatwick Express but, as you say in your question, get Thameslink.

Check for possible strike action and other disruption on the National Rail site here


  • Yes, indeed now you can. Last November I was amazed that the long journey from Sidcup to Gatwick (changing trains at London Bridge and again at East Croydon) cost me only £2.60 using Oyster. – Jonik Jan 24 '18 at 14:45

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