You can get yourself a special Elizabeth Line-designed Oyster card now (Picture: PA)

It might have taken four years longer than expected to reach us, but the Elizabeth Line is now officially open, speeding up journey times across London and further afield.

The new line, which promises to ‘revolutionise’ travel in the capital, currently operates as three separate railways – with services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield connecting with the central tunnels from this autumn.

While it runs from West to East London through the centre of town, the line stretches as far as Reading at one end, and Shenfield in Essex at the other.

Obviously you can use your Oyster card to pay for the bits in town – and there are even new cards available with a special design to mark the line’s opening – but is it still valid if you venture further?

Where can’t you use your Oyster card on the Elizabeth Line?

If you are using an Oyster card on the Elizabeth Line, you should note that it is not valid if you are travelling to or beyond West Drayton.

This means you cannot use it at the following stations:

West DraytonIverLangleySloughBurnhamTaplowMaidenheadTwyfordReading

If you are using any of these stations you can either buy a paper ticket for your journey, or you can use your contactless card – as this is accepted across the entire line.

The line is finally open after a four-year delay (Picture: Getty Images)

However, if you are a railcard holder you might want to opt for the former, as railcards cannot currently be linked to contactless payments, due to the design of the system.

How much does the Elizabeth Line cost?

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Elizabeth Line fares are pretty comparable to those you pay on the Tube, depending on what zone you’re travelling in.

However there are some exceptions – Heathrow to Paddington will set you back £10.70 off-peak and £12.70 at peak times.

And if you are a railcard holder you can get a third off fares if you travel off-peak.

According to TFL, peak fares operate on Mondays to Fridays between 6.30 and 9.30am, and again from 4pm until 7pm.

Off-peak fares on the Elizabeth Line and other parts of the network apply at all other times.

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