Newport Bus Smartcards

Newport Bus offers a series of travel smartcards to allow you to benefit from a discounted rate with weekly or monthly passport passes, including a cashless bus card, the Freedom card.  

All tickets are also available on your smartphone via the Newport Bus app.- No card required. 

Bamboo Smartcard

The Bamboo card is the children’s bus pass for discounted weekly, monthly and yearly bus travel for everyone between the age of 5 and 16. 

Children holding up a giant Bamboo Smartcard

What are the benefits:

  • Cheaper fares with weekly, monthly and yearly tickets compared to a daily child (Bamboo) paper ticket. [save £6.50 a week with the weekly pass - based on 2 trips a day 7 days a week and save even more with the monthly pass – as of January 2019].
  • Valid in Zone 1 (Citywide) and Zone 2 (Cardiff and Cwmbran). For Zone 3 (60/73/74/X74), you will require to purchase a paper ticket on board – the fares are indicated on our timetable. You also have the option to purchase onboard a child “Mon week” paper ticket or a 'Daily Network Rider' paper ticket. .
  • No need to carry cash, simply use your topped-up bus card to scan on the ticket machine.
  • No commitment - you top up your card with the pass you need (weekly or 4-weekly) when you need it. 

Download your application form here to email to customer support or hand in at the Newport Bus Travel Centre at Newport Central Bus Station, Friars Walk, where our staff will be pleased to help. You will require a proof of your date of birth (Official ID, birth certificate). 

Passport & Passport Plus Smartcards

Ideal for the regular over 22-year-old passengers, the Newport Bus Passport and Passport Plus smartcards offer discounted travel in the form of weekly, monthly pass. An annual pass is available through an employer, giving access to higher discount for a monthly payment.

The passport plus smartcard

What are the benefits?:

  • Cheaper fares with weekly, monthly bus tickets compared to a daily paper ticket. [save £12.00 a week with the weekly pass - based on 2 trips a day 7 days a week and save even more with the monthly pass – as of January 2019]
  • Valid in Zone 1 (City-wide area) and Zone 2 (Cardiff and Cwmbran) only. Our services in zone 3 have their own fare structure with weekly tickets which can be purchased on board of the bus – see fare structure or our Network Rider page.
  • No commitment - you top up your card with the pass you need (weekly or 4-weekly), when you need it. 

Download your application form here to email to customer support or hand in at the Newport Bus Travel Centre at Newport Central Bus Station, Friars Walk, where our staff will be pleased to help. The Passport card will need to be credited with the pass you require – weekly or monthly.  This can be done on collection at the travel centre or on the bus by cash or contactless payment for the weekly pass.

Freedom Smartcard

This is the bus cash card for the occasional traveller. Unlike the Passport and Passport Plus, where you pay for unlimited travel for a specific period of time, the Freedom card allows you to pay for any tickets on any of our buses - once your card is credited with cash (up to £45), we simply deduct the ticket cost from your smartcard.

Freedom smartcard

What are the benefits?:

  • No need for cash: top up the card by cash or bank card at the travel shop or on the bus up to £45.00 – The credit stays on the card indefinitely, and only gets deducted when you use the card.
  • No need for exact fare: top up the card on the bus with £1, £3, £5, £10 or £15 cash.
  • Valid in any Zones within the Newport Bus network only.
  • Share it with family and friends to use or for you to pay for their bus ticket when travelling together. It's your choice - it's Freedom!

Download your application form here to email to [email protected] or visit Newport Bus Travel Centre at Newport Central Bus Station, Friars Walk, where our staff will be pleased to help. The Passport card will need to be credited with the pass you require – weekly or monthly.  This can be done on collection at the travel centre or on the bus by cash or contactless payment for the weekly pass.