Help with First Bus apps
Travelling by bus doesn’t have to be complicated. At First Bus we want to make the experience as simple as possible for you.
With our apps at your fingertips we aim to make your journey simpler and relaxing.
To start using mTickets and Pay without cash on your mobile before you travel, download the App today using these links:
For mTickets support you can contact the mtickets team via firstname.lastname@example.org or see our FAQ below:
Our Travel app has been designed to help you know which bus to get with the timetable and journey planning features and bus service updates. To install our Travel app use the links below:
Getting started with the mTicket app.
- Download the App to your phone.
- Choose the area where you are travelling.
- Choose the mTicket that suits you.
- Set up an account and pay by credit or debit card or Pingit.
- Activate your ticket before you get on the bus.
- Show the driver the ticket on your phone.
The mTickets app allows you to buy and load bus tickets on your phone.
You then just show the mTicket on the phone to the driver and he will accept it just like any other ticket. It replaces the paper ticket as no ticket will be issued by the driver, although mTickets will be checked for validity.
Once you have decided to buy an mTicket, on the first occasion you will be asked to set up an account and give your payment card details, once this is done the mTicket will go into your mTicket wallet until you want to travel at which point you 'activate' it.
The details of how long it is valid for will appear on the mTicket on the phone.
When the mTicket expires it will automatically go into the 'Expired' area of the wallet but cannot be used again like an active mTicket.
To transfer your mTicket account and tickets to a new phone – here’s what to do:
- Log off from your mTicket account on your old phone (if possible).
- Download the app and login to your mTicket account on your new phone
- Check the wallet Ticket Wallet screen. You should find a pink panel containing a button to start the transfer process.
If the button is not visible, please ensure you have a data connection and refresh the app
For iPhone - to refresh: Tap the screen three times,
For Android - to refresh: Select Refresh from the menu button – (3 dots at the top right of the screen).
An initial mTicket account transfer is immediate, further transfers are subject to approval.
Please don't attempt to share your ticket with somebody else.
If you are still experiencing difficulties please contact mTickets Customer Service.
In order to keep your account and payment details secure, our mTickets can be purchased through a linked app. Tap on 'Buy your ticket' in the official First Bus App.
Once you've downloaded the First Bus mTickets App, you just need to select your ticket, provide us with payment details, including a secure password to protect your account, and then you will be able to buy tickets which will be put into the ticket wallet on your phone. Just before you want to travel, you activate the ticket and off you go.
There is no minimum purchase, you only need to buy the tickets you want. All tickets you buy are put in your wallet and stored until activated, so you can buy them in advance and always be ready for your bus journey.
You can choose to pay by card (Mastercard or Visa Credit or Visa Debit cards), PayPal, Apple Pay (on iPhones), Pay by Google (on Android phones) or by Barclays Pingit. Sorry, we don't accept Maestro or Electron cards.
On the payment methods screen, select the 'Visa / Mastercard / PayPal' button. On the next page enter the details of your card. Once entered, your card details are encrypted and stored securely by the system (not on the phone) so you can reuse the card without having to enter the details again. The next time you make a purchase, the most recently used card (or PayPal account) is presented as the default option. If you want to use a previously entered card or enter a new one, select 'Change Payment Method'.
On the payment methods screen, select the 'Visa / Mastercard / PayPal' button. On the next page select 'PayPal Check Out' and the PayPal login screen will be shown. Enter your PayPal email address and password. If you want to be able to make future PayPal purchases on our app with this account, click the 'Stay Logged in for faster checkout' tickbox. Then select the card you want to use via PayPal and press Continue. The next time you make a purchase, your PayPal account will be presented as the default option. If you want to use a previously entered card or enter a new one instead, select 'Change Payment Method'.
On the payment methods screen, select the 'Apple Pay' button. On the Apple Pay panel, select the card you want to use (of those stored in the Apple Pay wallet) and enter your Touch ID. The transaction will complete in a few moments.
Tickets available on the mTickets App
These vary depending on the area of travel. Check your local website for details.
Generally, mTickets will stay in your virtual wallet for 1 year, unless stated in ticket details on the App.
Once purchased and downloaded, your mTickets will appear as 'purchased' under 'My Ticket Wallet' in your App.
When you want to use one, choose the ticket you want (they are listed from oldest at the top to newest at the bottom) and select 'Activate now' – just to double check, you'll be asked to confirm that you want to activate this ticket.
When a ticket is 'Activated', the App will generate a moving image ticket on your phone's screen; this will stay active for the amount of time the ticket is valid for.
You need to show this to the driver when you get on the bus so they can check the ticket.
You do need an internet connection to purchase a ticket. The app also needs to communicate with our system to keep itself up to date when you're out and about. You do not need an internet connection to activate an already purchased ticket - so a poor phone signal where you board a bus should not be a problem. Please note the app is not designed to work with Wi-Fi only devices such as tablets and iPods.
You need an active and valid ticket to travel on the bus, if the mTicket is not valid, you will need to activate another, or pay to travel by cash and buy ticket from the bus driver.
Show your active mTicket to the inspector in the same way you showed your ticket to the driver upon boarding. If you boarded using a single ticket which has since expired, the inspector will be able to see this in the 'Expired' section of the wallet.
Problems with your phone
Missing tickets are caused by your mTicket account becoming logged out or a prolonged loss of internet connection. To restore tickets, please ensure you are logged in and select 'Refresh' from the Options button (iPhone) or Menu button (Android). All the tickets in your account should then reappear in a few seconds.
mTickets are locked to the phone on which they are purchased. If you change your phone (or do a factory reset on some handsets), you can request your tickets are reassigned to your new phone. To do this, download the app on the new phone and log into your mTicket account. Then look in the wallet for the pink panel and the button to start the transfer process. The first transfer is automatic, further transfers within 30 days are subject to approval.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your phone has enough battery power to be able to show a valid mTicket to the driver and, also any inspector throughout your journey. If you cannot do this, you will need to buy a ticket from the driver using cash.
Whilst you don't need an internet connection at the point you activate an already purchased ticket, a regular internet connection is required by the app to keep content up to date and secure. We don't recommend it is used on Wi-Fi only tablets or iPods.
For further assistance please use the contact form on our help and support page. Please include as much detail as possible. Or alternatively ou can call our mTickets Customer Support team 0345 602 0121 (Monday - Friday, 08:30 - 17:00) or emailing email@example.com
If emailing, make sure you include a full description of the problem you've encountered (screenshots are really useful too), along with a note of the email address and telephone number your account is registered to.
First Bus Travel app
Download it from the App Store, or update your current app using the following links:
The travel app features include:
- Journey planning
- Find your bus stop
- Save your Journeys
- See your journey on a map.
If your phone is not set to auto-update, simply follow the five steps below to update your current First Bus Travel app.
|Step 1||Open your phone's app store||Step 1||Open your phone's app store|
|Step 2||Click on the ‘updates’ notification within your app store||Step 2||Select ‘my apps and games’ from the menu within your app store|
|Step 3||Find the First Bus app in your list of available updates||Step 3||Find the First Bus app in your list of available updates|
|Step 4||Click update and wait for it to complete||Step 4||Click update and wait for it to complete|
|Step 5||Open the updated app and plan your journey||Step 5||Open the updated app and plan your journey|
For further assistance please use the app support contact form ». Please include as much detail as possible.