You can now pay for your bus trip with a contactless card in South & West Wales.
The days of fumbling in your pocket or rifling through your purse for change for the bus could become a thing of the past thanks to contactless technology.
First Cymru Buses has introduced the option of paying for fares with a touch of a bank card as a means of reducing the use of cash on buses, and as a result speeding up boarding times and services across the UK.
The system is now in operation across the First Cymru network including Swansea Bay, Bridgend and Carmarthenshire .
Managing director of First Bus, Giles Fearnley, said: “It’s important that our customers understand and embrace the new contactless payment technology. This we feel will be done best working with partners and other operators to clearly communicate the advantages of the new technology in wider multi-operator schemes.
“The introduction of contactless payment alongside our success with mobile ticketing is pivotal as we continue to make bus travel a convenient, simple and attractive experience for our customers, despite the ever increasing congestion that we face in most of our operations across the UK.
“Use of mTickets is exceeding our expectations and yet continues to grow on a daily basis. I fully expect customers to welcome and grasp contactless bus travel with the same enthusiasm.
He added: “We are determined to transform the experience for all our customers. The combination of journey planning, free wi-fi, real time information, mTickets and now contactless payment really does demonstrate how technological advances are making the bus an increasingly attractive option.”
A statement by the company informed its customers: “We have introduced contactless payments on our services, so you don’t need to worry about the correct change.
"You can make contactless payments on all First bus services in south and West Wales for any ticket up to £30 using any visas or visas that show the contactless symbol."
Melanie Johnson, chairwoman of The UK Cards Association, said: “Following the great success of contactless ticketing in London, the cards industry has worked with transport operators to explore its introduction across the UK.
"Using contactless cards for travel will bring many benefits for First Bus passengers, such as no longer having to buy and collect paper tickets or worry about having enough cash, and we are pleased with this development.”
How it works:
Tell the driver which ticket you want to buy or where you want to go.
Place your contactless card next to the ticket machine.
Collect your ticket.
You can also use Apple Pay or Google Pay.
To find out more, visit our contactless web page.