- How long the journey might take
- Which bus routes are best for you (there may be more than one)
- Which bus stops you need to get on and off at
- When and how often the buses run on that route
Printed timetables are on display at all bus stops. Many stops show ‘real time’ information so you can see when the next bus will arrive. Or if you have a smart phone, our real time information app give you arrival times, nearby stops, route maps and more, wherever you are!
- Check the number and destination displayed on the front
- The destination needs to be in the same direction as yours – if it’s not, you’re on the wrong side of the road!
- Raise your arm to signal to the driver that you want to get on
- Have your money ready when you get on
- Tell the driver where you are going and if you require a single or return ticket (please note return fares are not available on some services)
- Pay the driver the fare, then take your ticket and keep it safe
Fares are set by the bus operator, so visit their website if you want more information about fares and ticket options. If you plan to make the journey regularly, you may save money with weekly, monthly or annual tickets.
Many buses have special seating areas at the front for passengers who are elderly or have disabilities. Wheelchairs have a dedicated space and often there’s a ‘buggy zone’ too.
- Ring the bell once to tell the driver to stop the bus
- If you won’t recognise the stop in advance, ask the driver to help when you get on
- Sometimes other passengers can be very helpful too