My new ticket
From the 21 July 2019 fares across the West of England are changing.
Tickets bought on board will remain the same but for the first time since 2015 there will be an increase for pre-paid tickets, including First’s popular mTicket app, PayPoint and Payzone stores, metrobus iPoints, online and First’s travel shops at Bath, Bristol and Wells bus stations.
Despite this change, pre-paid tickets still offer best value. Fares will change across the operator’s Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare zones, with Single journeys ranging from £1.65 in Weston to £2.20 in Bath and £2.25 in Bristol, and Day ticket prices being £2.20, £4.40 and £4.50 respectively.
For those travelling further afield, West of England Zone fares will change from £3.50 to £3.85 for Single journeys bought through mTickets and Payzone, and from £6.00 to £6.60 for a Day ticket.
Week, Month and Year ticket prices will also change, with the best value option for monthly travel remaining First’s Unlimited ticket, which enables customers to save 5% on the Month ticket price, by paying by Direct Debit.
Children under 5 still travel for free, whilst children from 5 to 15 save up to 50% off adult fares and young people from 16 to 21 and students continue to save up to 30%.
In recognition of the growing importance of the night time economy, the timeframe of the Night ticket, which is available in the Bath, Bristol and West of England Zones and can be used from 19.00, is being extended from 04.29 until 07.00. This will give night shift workers, as well as those enjoying the region’s nightlife, more time in which to benefit from the ticket.
The new prices start on Sunday 21st July and all tickets bought before this date will continue to be valid until their expiry date.
Rob Pymm, Commercial Director at First West of England, said: "The new fares are essential in helping us continue to improve our service across the West of England region, as we aim to encourage more people to use public transport. Our recent investments have included 77 new state of the art bio-methane buses for Bristol, which together with recent investment in retro-fitted Euro VI engines means we’ll soon have more than 250 buses in our fleet that meet the highest European emission standards.
“We have worked hard to keep the increases to a minimum and our pre-paid fares still offer the best value and are the best way to speed up the boarding process and keep journey times down. Pre-paid ticket prices have been the same for a number of years, and our data shows customers get great value from our season tickets, with an example being our Bristol Zone Month ticket fare, which costs just £1.34 per journey based on typical use”.
For details of all fare changes across the West of England zones see our complete fares guide:
How to use mTickets
Even if you haven’t switched to mTickets yet, we are offering more places than ever to buy before you board. Whether that’s online through the First Bus website or Travelwest website, at our travel shops in Bristol and Bath, at an iPoint at all metrobus stops in Bristol or at one of 532 PayZone or PayPoint retail outlets across the West of England area. Wherever you choose to buy, you will always save if you buy before you board.