Newport Bus make it cheaper and easier for everyone between 5 and 15 years of age, to use our bus services with our great BAMBOO card. Happy days!

BAMBOO Weekly pass just £10
BAMBOO Monthly pass only £30
BAMBOO Annual pass just £330

Buy your BAMBOO smartcard online - just visit our 'Shop Now' section and click on 'Smartcards' and then 'BAMBOO Card'. You can also visit Newport Bus Travel Centre at Newport Central Bus Station, Friars Walk, where our staff will be pleased to help.


Main benefits:

BAMBOO - How does it work?

BAMBOO can be topped up with Weekly, Monthly and Annual credit, and is for everyone under the age of 16. You can top-up your BAMBOO card at the Travel Centre, or do Weekly only top-ups on the bus. You are never committed to having to pay for a ticket every week, month or year; you just buy the pass you need, when you need it. Switching from a weekly pass to a monthly pass? No problem! Don't want to top-up your card while you're away on summer holiday? That's fine!

How do I get a BAMBOO smartcard, and how much do they cost?

The BAMBOO card is available from the Newport Bus Travel Centre** or can be PURCHASED ONLINE. They're free with no administration charges; you only pay for the amount of travel credit you require (Week, Month, or Annual). A Weekly pass costs £10, a Month £30 and a whole year is £330 (just 91p a day). Once you have your card, you may occasionally be asked to prove your age with ID. And remember, only one low price to travel the whole Newport Transport network all day, every day!

When you order the smartcard online we send the pre-paid card to your home address. When your credit runs low, you will need to top-up the card on the bus (weekly top-ups only), or at the Travel Centre with the required amount.

Remember - you cannot currently use a BAMBOO smartcard in ZONE 3. Please buy a paper ticket for Single, Daily or Weekly travel. Keep your paper ticket though - it can be used across ZONES 1, 2 & 3.

BAMBOO - Day Paper Tickets

BAMBOO pay-as-you-go 'paper' tickets are also available aboard our buses. BAMBOO Single paper tickets are for everyone under 16, starting at just £1.10 for a single in ZONE 1 and £1.60 for ZONES 1 & 2.

ZONE 3 'Daily Network Rider' paper ticket costs £5.20 and also allows you to travel across ZONES 1 & 2. Just ask for the BAMBOO ticket you need on the bus, and remember - no ID is required*.

What happens on my 16th birthday?

The BAMBOO smartcard will expire the day after your 16th birthday, and you will need to upgrade your card to a Youth Passport. Please note that if you purchase a BAMBOO smartcard online, you must provide your Date of Birth on the Payment Check Out form. This allows us to set the correct expiry date i.e your 19th birthday.

* Newport Transport reserves the right to ask older looking customers for identification from time to time. The BAMBOO tickets are designed for customers under the age of 16 only.

** When applying for a BAMBOO card at the Travel Centre, you will need to bring proof of your age.