Journey history has improved beyond all recognition since the early days of the Oyster system. As long as your Oyster or zip card is registered to a TfL account you can view details of journeys and topups for the last eight weeks. This is available through the TfL website and also using the TfL Oyster app. More details for Oyster follow, but first an overview of the history for contactless.
Contactless Journey History (and how to query a journey)
Unlike Oyster, contactless journey history remains accessible for a year. This is because it provides the detail justifying debits on your bank or credit card account. There are two views available. One is Payment History which displays the journeys making up a particular debit. This won’t change if extra information arrives, like a late touch or a confirmation of a missed touch. Instead, the new information will make up a new entry for the day any adjustment was processed and sent to your bank. The other is Journey History which displays the journeys made during each day. This will change if late information becomes available. On both displays you have the ability to query a particular journey, though it’s not obvious at first. TfL have kindly provided some screenshots to explain how to do this.
The first screen shows the overview for the selected card. Note that identifying information has been hidden. You need to click the button highlighted in red. There is a button to contact TfL about the card, but this won’t pass the details of a specific journey.
Next you come through to the journey statement. Note the tabs to switch between payment and journey view. For any journey you can click on the detail line as shown in red below. Don’t click on the date heading as that just hides the individual journeys for that day.
This brings you through to more detail about the journey, including all touches (yellow and pink readers). Crucially underneath the detail is a button to bring up a form to contact TfL about that specific journey. Again it’s highlighted in red.
The form confirms the journey and gives you a text box to make any comments. You can use this to add information about a missing touch (if the normal form doesn’t work) or to explain why you think the charge is wrong. Most importantly, do NOT enter your payment card details in the box. TfL already have them if they are needed.
Oyster Journey History
Oyster journey history looks similar to the contactless views above, although there is only one view. When you select journey history from the overview you have a drop down menu to choose the period to display. The default is the last seven days, with options for the previous 8 weeks ending on a Sunday or a custom selection. The history is displayed below the drop down. As well as journeys you will also see topups and any refunds picked up. For rail journeys you can click on the ‘+’ sign to expand and show all touches that make up the journey. An example view is below, noting that the prices relate to a zip 16+ Oyster card.
Oyster statement sent by email
There is also a facility to have weekly or monthly Oyster statements sent automatically by email. Sadly this doesn’t exist for contactless. In the right hand menu select “Card preferences” and you can choose the frequency between weekly, monthly or never. You can also choose to receive CSV or PDF formats, or both.