You can top up your Travelcard with different tickets that can be used in different services. But, which one is the best one for your journey and where can you buy it? Have a look below to find out. If you need more information please have a look at our frequently asked questions before contacting us.
Don’t forget to buy in advance when buying online. When buying tickets online, you’ll be able to collect them at a metrobus iPoint 2 hours later, or on the bus (except First, Stagecoach, and metrobus services) and Bristol Park & Ride sites the following day from 6am (when ordered before 11pm).
Tickets can also be bought from the bus driver on all services (except metrobus services) and metrobus iPoints. These tickets become available immediately.
To use your Travelcard simply hold the card to the machine on the bus. If you have more than one ticket on your card, advise the driver of which ticket you would like to use. If boarding a First bus the machine will automatically select the ticket for you depending on your destination.
The following First Bus products in Adult, Student, Young Person (16-21) and Child can be loaded onto Travelcards:
You can load these tickets onto your Travelcard at an iPoint (using a bank card or Pay-As-You-Go credit), on bus from the driver, at a First Bristol and Bath travel shop or at a PayZone outlet (using cash). Bristol and West of England Zone tickets can also be bought online.
Park & Ride sites are available in Bristol and Bath. Cost saving Park & Ride journey packs are only accepted on the dedicated bus services identified below. For different services (eg. m2 at Long Ashton Park & Ride) please see alternative tickets available on this page.
* After purchasing tickets online you must collect them at collection points located at Park and Ride sites or at a metrobus iPoint.
Rider Tickets are tickets accepted by all bus operators in a given area. They are valid for travel on the day of issue and up to 2.59am the following morning.
To see the areas covered by these tickets, please visit our online Rider areas map.
The following tickets can be purchased online*, at a metrobus iPoint, and on the bus from the driver (on bus purchase not available on Stagecoach or metrobus services):
*Only Adult tickets can be bought online, you can buy other tickets from the driver.
The following tickets can be purchased from the driver and loaded onto your Travelcard on the bus**, except Stagecoach buses, (using cash or Pay-As-You-Go credit):
**Only Adult tickets are available to buy for your Travelcard.
With Pay-As-You-Go you can buy any available ticket using credit you load onto your Travelcard in advance.
You can top up your Pay-As-You-Go balance by registering your Travelcard at portal.squidcard.com, and collect your credit at a metrobus iPoint, or on any of the following bus services:
The services that accept payments with Pay-As-You-Go balance are the ones listed above and metrobus iPoints.
To use your Pay-As-You-Go balance on the bus simply hold your card to the reader on the bus and inform the driver you wish to buy your ticket with Pay-As-You-Go balance.
To buy tickets at a metrobus iPoint using Pay-As-You-Go simply place the card on the holder, select which ticket you wish to buy and select pay with sQuid.
Some bus operators even offer special ‘smart’ discounts for customers using Pay-As-You-Go.
This page was last updated on 10/06/2019