How do I see what I've been charged?
Are the prices for Tap on/Tap off different to other on bus prices?
No, all prices you'll pay are exactly the same as if you bought the ticket from your driver.
Can I use Tap on/Tap off for Flexi tickets?
Yes - multi-operator capping is now available. No matter how many trips you make and which bus company* you travel with, your fare will be capped at the Flexi day or Flexi week ticket prices.
Each time you travel you will be charged the adult single fare, until you reach the relevant cap.
*Please note this is only available on First, Arriva & Centrebus at the moment. Kinchbus and Stagecoach services will be added at a later date.
Does Tap on/Tap off work for Young Person tickets?
The system is currently only designed for adult tickets. If you want to purchase a young person ticket, ask the driver for the ticket you need and don't put your card on the reader until they ask you.
What happens if I forget to tap off?
You'll be charged the single fare to the end of the journey of the bus you were travelling on - so please remember to tap off! We all make mistakes, so if you need any assistance please drop us a line >>
Do I have to use the same card/device?
Yes, your payment history is linked to your card or device so make sure you use the same one each time you travel. If you have your payment method set up on your mobile through Apple Pay or Google Pay, make sure you stick to one method - if you switch to your card, it will be treated as a new payment method and you might not benefit from the price caps.
Why was my card declined?
If you've made a purchase on board that was subsquently declined by your bank unfortunately your card will be automatically blocked by our system. Once any outstanding amounts are settled by your bank, your card will be automatically unblocked - until this happens you'll need to pay with an alternative method.
Is the First Bus app still available?
Yes, you can still purchase your travel through our app - ideal if you already know your travel plans or you want to take advantage of our longer term season passes.
Can I use Tap on/Tap off for myself and also pay for someone else's travel (like a child)
Yes, that's no problem. Just explain to our driver once you've tapped on for yourself.
I'm a concessionary pass holder - do I need to tap off?
No, concessionary pass holders just need to tap on as normal.
Does Tap on/Tap off work for half-price concessionary travel before 0930?
No, the system is currently only designed for full price adult travel. If you want to purchase a half price concessionary single, ask the driver for the ticket you need and don't put your card on the reader until they ask you.