Major Updates

MetroBus is a new rapid public transport system for the West of England region. Our routes have been designed to fit in between the region’s rail and local bus network and do those long distance, cross-city journeys which the existing bus network doesn’t do so well.

Off bus ticketing, dedicated bus lanes, prioritised traffic lights, fewer bus stops and direct routes will make our services faster, more frequent and more reliable than regular bus services.

Unlike regular bus services, we’re a buy before you board service. Buying before you get on the bus means our boarding times will be up to five times faster than a regular bus service.

Our first services start on Tuesday 29 May.

Buy before you board

Our stops all have an iPoint, a unique on-street information totem where you can buy your ticket before boarding the bus. If you use a Travelwest smartcard to buy your tickets you can top it up at an iPoint.

Buying your ticket before you get on the bus means our buses spend less time waiting at stops and more time on the move.

Our iPoints are a robust, secure and weather proofed state-of-the-art structure. They also display live bus arrival times and information about onward journeys and other bus services from the stop.


Our buses are designed to be accessible for all passengers with spacious entrances and exits, low floors and wide corridors. Our seats also have more legroom than a normal bus.

The twin doors on our buses make it quicker and easier for people to get on and off, especially those with reduced mobility and parents with pushchairs. This speeds up our journey times by minimising the time our buses spend at each stops.

Our buses also have free on-board Wi-Fi and USB charging facilities.

Our 50km network

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