Travel Zones & Fares

Newport Bus' zone system is really easy to understand. If you’re traveling in ZONE 1, then you only pay the relevant fare in Table 1 below. If you want to travel in both ZONES 1 & 2, or from one zone to another, then you’ll pay the relevant fare in Table 2 below. Our ZONE 3 covers South East Monmouthshire, and Table 3 refers to the relevant fares. Please view our Route Map PDFs on the Bus Routes page for downloadable routes/timetables and fare charts covering Services 60, 63, 73 & 74 accordingly. 

Newport Bus operates at present a cash-only exact fare system (no change provided) on all our buses. This ensures a quicker boarding time, and the safety of our drivers and passengers. However, we have developped a series of smartcards for regular and occasional users - see our Smartcards page 

From May 1, 2019
How does the ZONES system work?

If you’re traveling in ZONE 1 only, you pay the relevant fare as shown in Table 1 above. If you want to travel in ZONE 2, or between both ZONES 1 & 2, you pay the relevant fare in Table 2 above.

What tickets will I need to ask for in each ZONE?

When purchasing a day ticket for ZONE 1 you will need a City Day ticket, which gives you unlimited access to services within that ZONE. If you want a day ticket for both ZONES 1 & 2, then you will need a City Day Plus ticket, which gives you unlimited access to all buses in both ZONES.

What if I’m purchasing the BAMBOO smartcard?

If you require a Weekly, Monthly or Annual BAMBOO smartcard, one fare covers both ZONES 1 & 2. Anyone under the age of 16 can apply for a BAMBOO smartcard online, or at the Travel Centre at Newport Central Bus Station, Friars Walk. For paper Day Tickets just ask for a BAMBOO Single or a BAMBOO 'Daily Network Rider' paper ticket.

If you are between the ages of 16-21 you can still get Bamboo fares if you are in possession of Newport Bus Youth Passport Card. For more information on how the card works and how to apply for the card please visit the Youth Passport page HERE

Other Ticket Schemes

Daily and Weekly Network Rider scheme

If you require to travel on a number of different operators services, in South East Wales, Newport Bus is part of the Daily and Weekly Network Rider scheme. For more information about the scheme including fares and other participants, please visit our Network Rider Page . 


PLUSBUS is a bus pass that you buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office, or online. It can also be bought from self-service machines at selected stations. PLUSBUS gives you unlimited bus and tram travel (on most or all services) around the whole urban area of the rail-served town or city. There are no peak period restrictions, so you can hop-on and hop-off buses and trams as much as you like all day. For more information please visit the PLUSBUS Newport page.


We are also a member of the MyTravelPass Scheme. This is scheme is for 16 to 21 year olds that gives card holders at least a 1/3 discount on the equivalent full adult fare you would have been charged for tickets purchased on board the bus. For more information about the scheme and to apply for your card please visit the MyTravelPass Website


 General information


Please note - you cannot currently use a BAMBOO, PASSPORT or PASSPORT PLUS smartcard in ZONE 3 - you must purchase a paper ticket. The Daily Network Rider and MonWeek paper tickets can be used across ZONES 1, 2 & 3. Please retain you ticket for further use.