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Oyster card now gets you to Gatwick Airport

Londoners can now use their Oyster cards to travel to Gatwick Airport, it’s been confirmed.

The UK’s second-biggest Airport is located in Horley, about 30 miles south of London. However, it’s a major destination for those traveling to and from the UK capital.

That’s why Transport for London (TfL) and Gatwick Airport have worked to make the capital’s popular travel card work for train travel to Gatwick.

From today, you can use the Oyster card – or any contactless payment card for that matter – to pay for journeys to Gatwick Airport. It means that Londoners won’t have to queue for an additional ticket when heading out on holiday in the early hours of the morning, laden with luggage.

The UK Department for Transport announced that this measure would be introduced back in November. Back then, it also pointed out that the five stops en route to Gatwick would benefit from the new pay-as-you-go provision.

Those five additional stops are Horley, Salfords, Earlswood, Redhill and Merstham.

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“By providing a quick and easy way to pay, our Oyster and contactless ticketing has transformed the way people get around our capital,” said London Mayor Boris Johnson at the time of the initial announcement.

“We’ve already extended this on a number of key routes outside of London and it makes perfect sense for Londoners, commuters and passengers from around the world to benefit from this further link to Gatwick Airport.”

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