Contactless Tickets

Contactless payment simplifies the way people pay for their fares and will be especially beneficial for the occasional bus users who try to make the switch to bus travel.

You only need to ask your driver for the ticket you want and pop a bank card onto the reader for your ticket to be printed. This faster method of payment speeds up boarding time and make bus travel better and safer for all.

It's as simple as 1,2,3

Infographics describing how to pay contactless

You can buy any single, city day tickets or weekly passport in any of our network Zones, including the City Hopper, Chepstow Races tickets, Network Rider and Mon-Week, up to the value of £100.

You can also use contactless payment to top up your smartcards - Bamboo, Passport or Freedom. Due to the contactless limit set by the bank, for annual top-ups on bamboo and Youth card, you will need to visit the depot at 160 Corporation Road (bus 42/43).

The tickets will be printed with a QR code, which will act as a receipt for your car payment. If you are using the same ticket for travel later on in the day, you will need to scan the QR code on the ticket machine reader when you board the bus for every other journey made on the day of purchase.

This ensures that your ticket is valid at the point you are boarding the bus, and enables us to monitor the number of people on the bus. To scan the QR code, place your ticket facing upwards on the card reader.

All Visa, Mastercard credit and debit cards with the contactless symbol can be used. Pre-paid contactless payment cards can also be used, but please make sure you have enough credit on them before boarding. We also accept payments via smartphones and smartwatches using Apple Pay and Android Pay as well as contactless-enabled wearables such as wristbands and key fobs.

For further information, please see our FAQs page