What is touch card?
It's a smartcard created by First to make paying for your bus ticket smart and simple.
It works by storing your bus ticket on the card, replacing the paper tickets that you previously would have bought and used.
How does it work?
It's really simple to use.
You get on the bus and as the name of the card implies you simply touch it against the ticket machine.
Both you and the driver will then be able to see what is stored on the card, and assuming everything is valid, you will be able to take a seat for journey. The best thing about touch card is that it is reusable. When your current ticket has expired you will be able to top the card up – either on the bus, in the travel shop and eventually online too. Oh, and because its credit card sized it fits neatly into your wallet / purse too!
Why are we introducing this?
Smartcards are durable and help make travelling by bus easier.
You will be able to store your bus tickets on the card, keeping it neatly in your wallet or purse. And unlike paper tickets it's harder to accidentally wash your touch card because you forgot it was in your jeans pocket.
Moreover the development of touch card is part of our plan to make bus travel even easier and more convenient. There will be further developments to the touch card over time.
When is it happening?
You can register for your card now.
We are currently updating everything we can to make it easier for passengers to travel, because it's our customers that matter most to us. We will make sure we keep in touch with our progress and as the smartcard products develop further we'll let you know.
Click below to login to your account or register for your Touch card.