Clean Air Day 2021
It’s Clean Air Day 2021, and we're proud to celebrate our zero emission mission 2035 efforts at First Glasgow.
We’re continuing our sustainable travel roadmap by expanding our electric fleet from two to 22 from September and our Caledonia Depot will become the largest electric charging station in the UK with space to charge 300 buses.
This transformation is being supported by £35.6m in part funded by £28.2m from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Ultra Low Bus Scheme (SULEB).
Find out more about our ambitious plans for our flagship depot here.
Clean air is essential for our health and our wellbeing as well as being good for the planet which is why we're continuing to work hard to impove our buses and depots across Scotland.
Want to know what changes we're making across our Scotland depots?
First Glasgow: Electric Fleet
We're committed to improving air quality in our communities, whilst reducing carbon emissions.
Earlier this year, we announced that we're bringing 126 brand spanking new fully electric buses to Glasgow by March 2023 as part of a massive £60m investment in the city’s fleet! That’s on top of the 22 electric buses that we’ll be bringing to the city later this year.
Our new fleet of fully electric buses will save a whopping 4.4 million litres of diesel (that’s 55,000 bathtubs worth) and will remove 10,082 tonnes of CO2 per year!
Reasons to leave your car at home and travel by bus
|Clean Air: By travelling by bus you reduce congestion, and car emissions in local communities.||
Make an impact: Just one bus can take up to 75 cars off the road, easing congestion and air pollution.
Every Journey counts: If everyone switched just one car journey a month to a bus instead, that would mean up to a billion fewer car journeys, saving two million tonnes of CO2!
|Make the swap: Replacing car journeys with public transport can help reduce CO2 emissions by 42%, creating a cleaner, greener Scotland.|
|Free Time: Relax with a podcast, make plans for your free time or get a head start on your day while you travel by bus.||Improve you health: by walking to the bus stop you’ll be improving your health by being more active getting in the recommended 30 minutes of exersise.|
There are numerous reasons why it's easy to get around by bus.
Keeping you safe
We want to make sure that every passenger is confident when travelling with us. That’s why we’re working extra hard behind the scenes with an enhanced daily cleaning regime. Here’s a reminder of what you can do to protect yourself and those around you:
- Wear a face covering: The Government has stated that it is mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings while travelling on public transport. You must wear a face covering when travelling on our buses unless you meet the exemption criteria set by the Government.
- Open windows: Keeping the windows open a little helps air circulation.
- Use the First Bus app: Not only can you buy your tickets in advance, but you can plan to travel when the bus is quieter using the Space Checker tool. Plus you can buy your tickets in advance, plan your journey, check live bus times, track your bus and check live seat capacity.
- Pay contactless: To avoid handling money, pay using a contactless card, Google or Apple Pay.
- Keep your distance from others: To help you keep a safe distance from other passengers, we’ve marked out which seats aren’t available to sit on.
We offer a wide range of tickets including flexible tickets, which are handy for making occasional trips by bus. We’re still accepting exact cash payments on our buses (we operate exact fare only/no change given) but you could download the First Bus app for our cheapest tickets. And don’t forget you have the option to pay contactless on all of our buses.
Flexible Ticket Bundles
A Flexible Life Needs a Flexible Ticket.
Introducing First Day Ticket Bundles, designed to suit your travel needs by offering a flexible travel solution.
In response to a new blend of home and office working, our newly available Bundle Tickets offer a value for money option to suit changing routines.
FirstDay Bundles are avalable exclusively on the First Bus App, including 5-Day, 10-Day and 15-day options which can be activated individually when required, with the remaining tickets stored on your phone until next time.
Student Ticket options are also available, for those returning to College or University on a blended or part-time basis.
First Day Bundle Prices
Remember when purchasing Student Tickets, a valid matriculation card must be shown to the driver upon boarding the bus.
First Bus App
These tickets are available to buy on the First Bus App, which is free to download.
As well as buying tickets in advance, you can track your bus in real-time and view how many seats are available before it reaches your stop!
Click the icons below to download, or simply search 'First Bus' to in your Google Play or App Store.
Flexi 10 tickets
Ten handy single tickets bought on our App to use whenever you want. They’re valid for 12 months but aren't valid for travel on Glasgow Airport Express service 500. Ideal if you’re commuting just a few times a week!
Flexi 5 tickets
Five handy single tickets bought on our App. Use whenever you want, they’re valid for 12 months. (Not valid for travel on Glasgow Airport Express service 500). Ideal if you’re only travelling once or twice a month.
Travelling during the pandemic
Guidance on travelling within Scotland is available here.
First Bus App
Download the First Bus App to plan your journey in advance. Use our Space Checker tool to plan ahead and travel with confidence. Space Checker allows you to see when your preferred bus stop and service is typically at its busiest and perhaps choose a quieter time to travel. You'll find it on the First Bus app or here.
Welcome to our Journey Planner where we can help you plan your journey from A to B!
Vaccination Centre Travel Guide
Our services are available for those who need to attend appointments at Vaccination Centres.
We’ve joined forces with local businesses and organisations to provide great customer journeys and experiences to well-known destinations.
Shopping Centre & Retail Parks
Our services pass near to many shopping centres, retail parks and town centre shopping districts.
Plan a quiet journey with Space Checker We'd like to introduce you to Space Checker, the brand new tool from First Bus to help you plan ahead and travel with confidence.
Bus service guide for commuters
Bus service information to help you commute when trains services are cancelled Here’s your essential guide to locating bus services in your local area to help you keep moving when train services are reduced or cancelled.
Helping school children return to school safely Now that children are returning to school we have taken measures to ensure that they can return safely via First Bus.
Tech the Bus - Smarter Travel
With our expanded range of tech and apps, you'll be miles ahead of the crowd.