Bus passengers in the West of England are benefitting from a single fare cap of £2 for adults and £1 for children on nearly all bus routes.

The new fares are part of a major package of changes designed to make bus fares simpler and cheaper, and to encourage more people to get back on the buses post-Covid.

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Discounted fares in the Bristol and Bath areas

This discounted scheme is a joint initiative from the West of England Combined Authority, North Somerset Council and the bus operators, including First Bus, Stagecoach West and others.

The scheme will be in place until the end of March 2025.

Price drop on adult fares

All single adult tickets in Bristol and Bath are capped at £2 while returns are capped at £3.50. These prices are valid in the BristolRider and BathRider zones only which are displayed on the Rider Tickets zone map.

The BathRider zone covers the area roughly within a three-mile radius of Bath City Centre. The BristolRider Zone covers the area roughly within a six-mile radius of Bristol City Centre.

Price drop on child fares

Children (5 – 15) will pay a £1 single or £1.80 return across the whole of the West of England (available in the AvonRider, Bath Rider, BristolRider and WestonRider zones which are shown in the Rider Tickets zone map).

Participating bus operators

The scheme excludes special school and college buses and airport buses (except the A4 AirDecker, which is part of the scheme).

Other services may also be excluded (e.g. special event services and certain cross-boundary services). Please check with the operator ahead of travelling.

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Government’s £2 single fare cap across England

The Government has introduced a £2 single fare cap aimed at boosting bus use while helping passengers to save money as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite, driven in part by high petrol and diesel prices. This is part of a wider Government ‘Help for Households’ scheme.

The following bus operators in the West of England are participating in the Government’s £2 single fare.

The scheme excludes special school and college buses and airport services. Other services may also have been excluded by the operator. For a full list visit the Government’s £2 fare cap guidance page.

This scheme runs from 1 January to 31 March 2023.

If you are not sure whether this new flat fare is right for you, you may want to compare some of the other ticketing options that are available for you.


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