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Free bus services in Swansea

Free bus services in Swansea

25 May 2022

The hugely-popular free bus offer in the city is back for the last weekend in May and the long bank holiday weekend at the start of June.

This offer is for journeys that start and finish within the Swansea Council area. This is the area bounded by Loughor (Ship and Castle), Pontarddulais (Railway Station), Garnswllt, Clydach (Coed Gwilym Cemetery), Lonlas (Bowen Arms) and Port Tennant (Bevans Row) so it includes places like Gorseinon, Pontarddulais, Gower and Morriston.

The offer doesn't include the First Cymru open-top service to Mumbles (number 1)

All journeys must start before 7.00pm

The free buses offer applies on:

  • Saturday 28 May
  • Sunday 29 May
  • Thursday 2 June (spring bank holiday)
  • Friday 3 June (Platinum Jubilee bank holiday)
  • Saturday 4 June
  • Sunday 5 June

FAQs

Who can use it?
We all can. If you're travelling for work in Swansea or to enjoy a day out in the city centre or at one of our brilliant beaches, the service is free. You do not need to show proof that you live in Swansea to receive free travel.

 

What bus services are included in the offer?
Bus services operated by First Cymru, Adventure Travel, South Wales Transport, DANSA and Briggs are included. The only services that are not included are:

  • First Cymru open-top bus to Mumbles (number 1)
  • Longer-distance coach services operated by National Express, Megabus and Flixbus
  • First Cymru's Services 9A and 34 to and from the park and ride car parks.

If I get on a bus that's going to a place outside the area, will I be charged even if I'm getting off in Swansea?
No. You just state your Swansea destination and take your seat.

 

If I'm going outside the area will I be charged the whole journey or just for the part that isn't in Swansea?
If you are heading to a destination outside the Swansea area you have to pay for the whole trip. Please let the driver know when you get on board the bus. The cheapest option is normally a day ticket.

 

I want to go to the Bay Campus from Swansea Bus Station, for example. Will I be charged the whole journey or just for the part that's in Neath Port Talbot?
You will be charged the whole fare. Our offer is only for a journey that is completely inside the Swansea area. If you are heading outside Swansea, you have to tell the driver your destination and pay the appropriate full fare.

 

Does this apply to park and ride?
No, but there are other offers available if you wish to use the park and ride services.

 

Who is paying for the free service?
It's being paid for by Swansea Council because they want to encourage people to use local bus services now that the pandemic restrictions are easing.

 

What if I have a season ticket?
You won't need to show it while the offer is on. But there won't be any refunds or extension of your season ticket.

 

I already have a free concessionary bus pass - how does this affect me?
People who hold an All Wales Concessionary Travel Pass may continue to travel free of charge and passes should be shown as normal to the driver when boarding the bus.

 

Do I just have to get on the bus? Do I have to state my destination or get a ticket from the driver?
If the bus is operating wholly within Swansea all you need to do is get on board and enjoy the ride. If you're getting on a bus that's travelling outside Swansea please let your driver know so you can pay the appropriate fare. The offer applies only to those journeys which start and finish in Swansea.

 

Will all bus operators operate the same way?
Yes. It'll be exactly the same whichever bus company you're riding with.

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