Bus fares


Best Fares Tool

For most bus journeys, you can now discover your cheapest ticket option depending on your journey type using our Best Fares Tool on our Journey Planner. This includes single, return, day, weekly, monthly, journeys using a mytravelpass and more.

To access our Best Fares Tool, simply:

  • Visit the Traveline Cymru Journey Planner.
  • Search for routes between your chosen locations.
  • Click the ‘View Fares for this Service’ button at the bottom of your search results box.
  • Discover which ticket option is best value for your journey (this includes journeys that involve multiple buses).

This fares information is obtained from the bus operators and local councils and we endeavour to ensure it is regularly updated. If you believe any of our fares information is outdated, please contact us at feedbacktraveline@tfw.wales and we will look to investigate as soon as possible.

If you would like to find out more about the fares for a specific bus operator, please visit your bus operator’s website for more information.



Bus Ticket Purchasing

We do not currently offer any ticket purchasing facilities via the Traveline Cymru website or app.

For most bus operators in Wales, you can purchase your ticket from the driver as you board either by cash or contactless payment methods. Some also allow you to purchase your tickets in advance via their website or app. For more information, please contact your bus operator directly.



Multi-Operator Tickets

If you’re interested in purchasing multi operator tickets, please see the links below for further information on what is available:

Plus Bus


Unlimited bus and tram travel on most/all operators services, around the whole urban area of the rail-served town or city. 

Rovers and Rangers


Unlimited travel for one day on Transport for Wales Rail train services and some bus services within specified parts of their network.

South-East Wales Network Rider


A daily or weekly ticket valid on services run by a number of operators across South-East Wales.

Sherpa'r Wyddfa


Day pass that allows you to hop on and off the Snowdon Sherpa services as you wish throughout the day.  


An adult ticket costs £6.50, a child (or young person with a MyTravelPass) will pay £4.50 and holders of English and Scottish concessionary bus passes will also pay £4.50. A Family ticket is available for just £14.20.

1Bws is valid on all local bus services operating in North Wales (the counties of Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey and Wrexham) with the exception of service 28 between Mold and Flint. It is also not valid on tourist services operated by open top buses, on National Express coach services and park and ride services.

The 1Bws ticket is valid on the T2 Bangor to Aberystwyth, T3 Wrexham to Barmouth, T10 Bangor to Corwen, T12 Wrexham to Chirk and T19 Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno. It is also valid on the new T8 Corwen to Chester.



Tap On Tap Off

If you’re interested in traveling using tap on tap off, please see the links below for further information on what’s available.

Tap on Tap off prices and T&Cs are likely to vary depending on the operator you’re traveling with. Please check before you travel.

Cardiff Bus


Cardiff Bus tap on tap off fares are calculated based on how many journeys you make and where you travel on that day.

  • Tapping on and off for one journey will amount to a single adult fare for that trip.
  • Making multiple journeys throughout the day will amount to your fare being capped at the price of an adult day ticket.
  • The fare will be based on the fare zones you travel within, for example, if you tap on and tap off within the Cardiff fare zone, you’ll be charged a maximum of £4.40 per day.  If you’re travelling between the Cardiff and Barry fare zones, you’ll get charged a maximum of £5.80.
  • If you don’t tap out, you’ll be charged £2.20 or £3.00 if you’re travelling on routes 30, 93, 94, 95, 96, 96A.
  • Return fares will be calculated on service 30 and 57/58*

*Return fares will only be available with Tap On, Tap Off when all journeys are taken on services 57 or 58

North Wales


The North Wales 1Bws Fare Capping enables customers to travel on almost any bus across the region* at the price of a 1Bws Day Ticket (£6.00).

*The pilot is available across Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham, and Gwynedd Council.

This is a multi-operation capping scheme available on the following operators:

  • Arriva Wales
  • Arriva Midlands
  • Alpine Travel
  • Berwyn
  • Calloi
  • Clynnog & Trefor
  • Denbighshire Council
  • Dilwyns
  • Goodsir
  • Eifions
  • Gwynfor Coaches
  • K&P Coaches
  • Lewis Y Llan
  • Llew Jones
  • Lloyds Coaches
  • M&H Coaches
  • Nefyn Coaches
  • P&O Lloyds
  • Partneriaeth Ogwen
  • Ddrws I Ddrws
  • OR Jones and Son
  • Pats Coaches
  • Tanat Valley
  • Valentines
  • Wrexham & Prestige

Arriva Cymru


The Arriva Bus tap on tap off scheme is part of the North Wales pilot but is also available at different rates in Bangor City, Menai, Chester Plus, Wales, and Wrexham Zones.

All journeys within the zones will be capped at the zone rate:

Zone Name



Bangor City






Chester Plus*










All travel outside of the Arriva zones (Bangor City, Menai, Chester Plus, Wales, and Wrexham) but within the 1Bws zone will be capped at the 1Bws Day Ticket rate - £6.00.

*In the Chester plus zone the following services are excluded in their entirety of the Tap on Tap off scheme at this stage:

X30 Chester – Warrington

84 Chester – Crewe

1/1A Chester to Blacon

15 Chester - Saughall

First Cymru (Bridgend)


First Cymru’s tap on tap off pilot is available for Bridgend services 70/71, 63, 68/69, 72/73, 65, 76 and 74 only. Cymru Clipper services X1, X2 and X3 are excluded from the Tap on Tap off pilot.

When you board, you’ll be charged a minimum fare of £1.60. This covers the first 2km of your journey. If you go further, you’ll be charged for the extra distance travelled.

Distance Travelled



50p per km*


37.5p per km (25% discount) *

Over 6km

25p per km (50% discount) *


50p per km*


*The maximum fare you will be charged for a single journey will be £4.30.

When you make additional journeys throughout the day, the cost of your subsequent journey will be discounted by 20%.

Day Cap

Fares are then capped so you’ll never pay more than a £5 daily cap.

Weekly Cap

Weekly caps are calculated between fixed Monday and Sunday periods at the following rate:

Time Travelled


1st day's travel


2nd day's travel


3rd day's travel


4th day's travel


5th day's travel


6th day's travel


7th day's travel



Stagecoach South Wales


Expected in 2023


Welsh Concessionary Travel Cards

If you are over 60 and a Welsh resident, you are entitled to free bus travel in Wales.


Where can I use my bus pass?

Your Welsh Concessionary Travel Card is valid on all eligible bus services that operate in Wales, including those commencing/terminating at points adjacent to Wales, provided that the cross-boundary journey doesn’t involve a change of bus in England. You can also use selected rail services operating in Wales.

You cannot use your Welsh pass for travel in England and you cannot use your English pass for travel in Wales.

Further information is available in the full terms and conditions of the scheme.


How do I apply for my bus pass?

You can apply for your bus pass on the Transport for Wales website or ask a friend, family member or someone you trust to apply online on your behalf.  Online is the quickest way to apply and receive your card.

Alternatively, pop into your local library or community hub where you’ll be able to access the internet. 

If you have any queries or concerns, you can contact the Transport for Wales team on 0300 303 4240 or email travelcards@tfw.wales.


How do I use my bus pass?

Using your card is simple. When you travel on the bus, all you need to do is:

  • Show your card to the driver
  • Place your card on the ticket reader
  • Find a seat and enjoy your free journey

Please remember your card can only be used by you. Allowing someone else to use it may lead to the card being cancelled and/or its renewal being refused. 


Useful links:



Disabled Concessionary Travel Card and Companion Cards

If you have a disability, you may be eligible to free bus travel in Wales. Please refer to the guide on eligibility and the evidence you’ll need to provide before applying for your Disabled Concessionary Travel Card on the Transport for Wales website.

If you require assistance from another person when travelling for some or all of your journeys you can apply for a companion card that provides free travel for one person accompanying you. You will need to contact your local council, who will assess whether you meet the criteria.


Useful links:



Mytravelpass (16-21 year olds)

Mytravelpass is a discounted travel scheme funded by Welsh Government. It entitles all 16–21 year-old residents in Wales to approximately 1/3 off bus fares.

You can use mytravelpass at any time of day and on any day of the week that the services operate, including weekends and bank holidays.

You can apply for your pass online on the mytravelpass website, download and print an application form to send in the post or call 0300 200 22 33 to have an application form and freepost envelope to sent to you in the post.