First operate the majority of the commercial bus services in the West of England including several Park & Ride services and all metrobus services.

Operator

First Bus

first

All routes by this operator

  • 1,
  • 13,
  • 17,
  • 172,
  • 173,
  • 174,
  • 19,
  • 2,
  • 20,
  • 21,
  • 23,
  • 24,
  • 2a,
  • 3,
  • 31,
  • 349,
  • 35,
  • 36,
  • 376,
  • 379,
  • 39,
  • 4,
  • 41,
  • 42,
  • 43,
  • 44,
  • 45,
  • 47,
  • 48,
  • 48A,
  • 49,
  • 4a,
  • 4b,
  • 5,
  • 51,
  • 51S,
  • 6,
  • 6A,
  • 7,
  • 70,
  • 72,
  • 73,
  • 74,
  • 75,
  • 76,
  • 8,
  • 90,
  • 91,
  • 92,
  • A1,
  • A3,
  • Brislington Park and Ride,
  • D1,
  • D2,
  • m1,
  • m2,
  • m3,
  • m3x,
  • OS1,
  • Portway Park and Ride,
  • SB1,
  • SB2,
  • T1,
  • U1,
  • U2,
  • U3,
  • U5,
  • X1,
  • X39,
  • X4,
  • X5,
  • X6,
  • X7,
  • X9,
  • Y1,
  • Y6

Types of payment accepted

You can buy the most common First Bus tickets on board the bus in cash or contactless (except metrobus services – you can only buy some adult tickets using Tap On, Tap Off – all other tickets must be bought before boarding), on their First Bus app, online on a Travelwest Travelcard or at a metrobus iPoint. Some tickets can also be bought on their website or at their Travel Shops.

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Please be aware that costs and terms of use of tickets are set by operators and we cannot accept responsibility for incorrect or outdated information as unplanned changes may occur.


Regular bus fares

You can buy the most common First Bus tickets on board the bus in cash or contactless (except metrobus services – you can only buy some adult tickets using Tap On, Tap Off – all other tickets must be bought before boarding), on their First Bus app, online on a Travelwest Travelcard or at a metrobus iPoint. Some tickets can also be bought on their website or at their Travel Shops.

Filter by passenger type:

Ticket nameAdultYoung People (16-21) / StudentChildren (5-15)Group
Single
Single

A flat fare structure is in place in the Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare Zones. This means that wherever you travel in that zone, the price of a single journey will be the same.

In the West of England Zone the cost of your single ticket is based on the distance you travel. Your fare is determined by how many sections of route you travel through. Visit the First Bus website for more information.

Bath
£2
Bristol
£2
WsM*
£2
WofE*
from £2.3
WofE*
£3.7 (unlimited miles – App only)


Visit the First Bus website for WofE single tickets fare structure.

A flat fare of £1.5 applies within Clevedon, Frome, Nailsea, Portishead, Thornbury & Yate.
Bath
£1.5
Bristol
£1.5
WsM*
£1.5
WofE*
from £1.8
WofE*
£2.8 (unlimited miles – App only)


Visit the First Bus website for WofE single tickets fare structure.

A flat fare of £1.2 applies within Clevedon, Frome, Nailsea, Portishead, Thornbury & Yate.
Bath
£1
Bristol
£1
WsM*
£1
WofE*
from £1
WofE*
£1 (unlimited miles – App only)


Visit the First Bus website for WofE single tickets fare structure.

A flat fare of £0.8 applies within Clevedon, Frome, Nailsea, Portishead, Thornbury & Yate.
Single packs
Single packs

Packs of trips to use when you like. Valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

Packs of 5
Bath
£10
Bristol
£10
WofE*
£18.5 (unlimited miles)


Packs of 10
Bristol
£20
Packs of 5
Bath
£7.5
Bristol
£7.5
WofE*
£14(unlimited miles)


Packs of 10
Bristol
£15
Packs of 5
Bath
£5
Bristol
£5
WofE*
£5 (unlimited miles)


Packs of 10
Bristol
£10
2-Trip
2-trip

Any two trips in one day within a Zone.

Bath
£3.5
Bristol
£3.5
WsM*
£3.2
WofE*
£3.5 (up to 3 miles)
WofE*
£4 (3 to 6 miles)
WofE*
£5 (unlimited miles – App only)
Bath
£2.7
Bristol
£2.7
WsM*
£2.4
WofE*
£2.7 (up to 3 miles)
WofE*
£3 (3 to 6 miles)
WofE*
£3.8 (unlimited miles – App only)
Bath
£1.8
Bristol
£1.8
WsM*
£1.6
WofE*
£1.8 (up to 3 miles)
WofE*
£1.8 (3 to 6 miles)
WofE*
£1.8 (unlimited miles – App only)
FirstDay
FirstDay

Unlimited travel on First buses for one day, including metrobus but excluding Airport Flyer services. Valid until 4.29am the following day.

Bath
£5.6
Bristol
£6
WsM*
£3.3
WofE*
£7
WofE* Plus
£12
Bath
£4.2
Bristol
£4.5
WsM*
£2.5
WofE*
£5.30


16-21 year olds/student discount tickets are not
available on the West of England Plus Day ticket.
Bath
£2.8
Bristol
£3
WsM*
£1.7
WofE*
£3.5
WofE* Plus
£6
Valid for up to five people of any age from 9.30am Monday to Friday or all day Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.
Bath
£11.2
Bristol
£12
WsM*
£6.6
WofE*
£14
WofE* Plus
£24


Please remember that unlimited children under 5 can travel for free with a fare paying passenger or concessionary pass holder.
First3Day / First5Day
First3Day / First5Day

Go anywhere in a Zone as often as you like for three or five consecutive days from the day you buy your ticket.

First3Day
Bath
£15.5
Bristol
£16.5
WsM*
£9
WofE*
£19.9


First5Day
Bath
£20
Bristol
£21.5
WsM*
£12
WofE*
£28
First3Day
Bath
£11.7
Bristol
£12.4
WsM*
£6.8
WofE*
£15


First5Day
Bath
£15
Bristol
£16.2
WsM*
£9
WofE*
£21
First3Day
Bath
£7.8
Bristol
£8.3
WsM*
£4.5
WofE*
£10


First5Day
Bath
£10
Bristol
£10.8(
WsM*
£6
WofE*
£14
FirstDay Bundles
FirstDay Bundles


FirstDay Bundles give you 3, 5, 6, 10, 12 or 20 days’ of travel that can be spread over long periods (from 10 to 40 day period from the day you buy your bundle).

Just activate each ticket in the app on the day you need it, making sure you use them all before your bundle expires.

Visit the First Bus website for Bundle prices.Visit the First Bus website for Bundle prices.Visit the First Bus website for Bundle prices.
FirstWeek
FirstWeek

Go anywhere in a Zone as often as you like for seven consecutive days.

Bath
£22
Bristol
£23.5
WsM*
£12.5
WofE*
£30
Bath
£16.5
Bristol
£17.7
WsM*
£9.4
WofE*
£22.5
Bath
£11
Bristol
£11.8
WsM*
£6.3
WofE*
£15
FirstMonth
FirstMonth

Go anywhere in the a Zone as often as you like for a whole month, e.g. if a ticket is bought on the 10th of the month it will expire on the 9th of the following month.



You could save on your monthly ticket by subscribing to First Unlimited. Find out more about the Unlimited ticket.
Bath
£81
Bristol
£83.8
WsM*
£46
WofE*
£95
Bath
£60.8
Bristol
£62.9
WsM*
£33.3
WofE*
£71.3
Bath
£40.5
Bristol
£41.9
WsM*
£22.2
WofE*
£47.5
FirstYear
FirstYear

Go anywhere in the a Zone as often as you like for a whole year.

Bath
£812
Bristol
£841
WsM*
£453
WofE*
£1,050
Bath
£609
Bristol
£630.8
WsM*
£339.8
WofE*
£788
Bath
£406
Bristol
£420.5
WsM*
£227
WofE*
£525

*WsM: Weston-super-Mare; WofE: West of England


Tap On, Tap Off (West of England wide)

From 17 July you can Tap On, Tap Off for adult fares across the West of England on First buses and metrobus.

Tap On, Tap Off uses contactless payments to cap the adult bus fares so you’ll never pay more than the Day ticket fare for each day you travel in your chosen zone, no matter how many journeys you make. The more you travel across 7 days (Monday to Sunday), the cheaper the days become.

There’s no need to ask the driver for a ticket; just tap when you get on and off the bus and make sure you tap the same contactless card or device each time. 

VISA, Mastercard, Apple Pay (now with Express Mode) and Google Pay are accepted.

If you need more information or assistance, please visit First Bus’ Tap On, Tap Off page.

Daily fares

Your daily fares will be based on how much you travel in a day and will be capped to the price of a Day ticket.

The more you travel in a week, the cheaper the day cap will become (see Weekly fares below).

Filter by area

Trip countBathBristolWeston-super-MareWest of England
1 trip£2£2£2.00 (£1.70 Inner Fare)Fares vary by distance, you’ll always be charged the correct fare up to the £7 Day cap.
2 trips£3.50£3.50£3.20 (£3.00 Inner Fare)Fares vary by distance, you’ll always be charged the correct fare up to the £7 Day cap.
3 or more trips£5.50£5.50£3.30Fares vary by distance, you’ll always be charged the correct fare up to the £7 Day cap.
4 or more trips£5.60 (Day ticket)£6.00 (Day ticket)£3.30 (Day ticket)Fares vary by distance, you’ll always be charged the correct fare up to the £7 Day cap.

Weekly fares

Your weekly fares will be based on how much you travel in a week (the capping week runs Monday to Sunday).

The more you travel in a week the lower your daily cap will be.

The table below shows the total you’ll pay according to how many days you travel that week.

Filter by zone

Day of travelBathBristolWeston-super-MareWest of England
1st Day£5.60£6.00£3.30£7.00
2nd Day£11.20 (£5.60 per day)£12.00 (£6.00 per day)£6.60 (£3.30 per day)£14.00 (£7.00 per day)
3rd Day£15.50 (£5.17 per day)£16.50 (£5.50 per day)£9.10 (£3.03 per day)£19.90 (£6.63 per day)
4th Day£18.50 (£4.63 per day)£20.00 (£5.00 per day)£9.80 (£2.45 per day)£24.40 (£6.10 per day)
5th Day£20.00 (£4.00 per day)£21.50 (£4.30 per day)£10.50 (£2.10 per day)£28.00 (£5.60 per day)
6th Day£21.00 (£3.50 per day)£22.50 (£3.75 per day)£11.50 (£1.92 per day)£29.00 (£4.83 per day)
7th Day£22.00 (£3.14 per day)£23.50 (£3.36 per day)£12.50 (£1.79 per day)£30.00 (£4.29 per day)

Special fares

  • Tap On, Tap Off will also cap your journeys to the price of FirstNight tickets if you only travel between 7pm and 4.29am, so you no longer need to ask the driver for this ticket.

  • Adult single/return fares on Bristol and Bath Park & Ride services are available via Tap On, Tap Off.

  • Adult Single and Day Return fares are available on Tap On, Tap Off on the A1 and A3 Airport Flyer services. If you use the Airport Flyer, connecting travel on our other buses is automatically included within the same day cap when using Tap On, Tap Off.

  • Town fares in Clevedon, Frome, Nailsea, Portishead, Thornbury and Yate are available through Tap On, Tap Off.

  • Tap On, Tap Off does not work for 3 Stop Hop tickets, so please remember to ask the driver if this is the ticket you need.

  • Tap On, Tap Off will replace the Tap & Cap system that is operating in Bristol.

    All you need to do is remember to tap off when you leave the bus – you can continue to tap on when you board the bus just like you did before.


metrobus

Regular First Bus Bristol Zone tickets and Tap On, Tap Off are accepted on all metrobus services. Below is a list of most common tickets.

metrobus is a buy before you board service. You cannot buy tickets on board these services, except when using Tap On, Tap Off. Visit the link below for more information

Filter by passenger type:

Ticket nameAdultStudent/young person (16-21)Child (5-15)Group (up to five people)
Single

One journey.


Available to buy on the First Bus App, Travelwest Travelcards, iPoints and Tap On, Tap Off (Adult only).

You can buy multiple singles in one transaction for convenience, simply increase the quantity on ticket selection.
£2
£1.50
£1
2-Trip
Any two trips in one day.

Available to buy on the First Bus App and Tap On, Tap Off (Adult only).
£3.5
£2.7
£1.8
Day
Unlimited trips for one day.

Available to buy on First Bus App, Travel Shops, iPoints, Travelwest Travelcards, Payzone, PayPoint and Tap On, Tap Off (Adult only).
£6
£4.5
£3
£12


Valid for up to five people of any age from 9.30am Mon-Fri or all day Sat-Sun & Public Holidays. Only from the First Bus App.
Week
Unlimited journeys for 7 days.

Available to buy on First Bus App, First Bus website, Travel Shops, iPoints, Travelwest Travelcard, Payzone and PayPoint.
£23.5
£17.7
£11.8
Month
Unlimited journeys for a calendar month.

Available to buy on First Bus App, First Bus website, Travel Shops, iPoints, Travelwest Travelcard, Payzone and PayPoint.

You could save on your monthly ticket by subscribing to First Unlimited. Find out more about the Unlimited ticket.
£83.8
£62.9
£41.9
Year
Unlimited journeys for a calendar year.

Available to buy on First Bus App, First Bus website and Travel Shops.
£841
£630.8
£420.5
BristolRider Day
Multi-operator ticket, press on the title to find out more.

Available to buy from Travel Shops, iPoints, Travelwest Travelcards and Payzone. AvonRider also accepted.
£5.30 until 5 October


£5.60 from 6 October
£3.70
£3.70
BristolRider Week
Multi-operator ticket, press on the title to find out more.

Available to buy from Travel Shops, iPoints, Travelwest Travelcards and Payzone. AvonRider also accepted.
£21.50 until 5 October


£23.50 from 6 October
£16.50
£16.50
  • English concessionary bus passes (‘older person’s’ and ‘disabled person’s’) are accepted on all metrobus services
  • Children up to the age of 4 travel free with fare paying adults

Bath Park & Ride

The fares below apply only to services 21 (Newbridge Park & Ride), 31 (Lansdown Park & Ride) and 41 (Odd Down Park & Ride). The operator’s regular bus fares apply to services 4 and 42 (Odd Down Park & Ride).

Parking at the sites is free, you only pay the bus fare.

Ticket nameAdult
Adult return ticket

Available to buy from the driver (cash or contactless) and from the First Bus App.
£3.60
Group return ticket on weekdays from 9:30 (two adults)
Group return ticket (two adults)

Available after 09:30 Monday to Friday

Available to buy from the driver (cash or contactless) and from the First Bus App.
£5.40
Bath Zone Group day ticket
Bath Zone Group day ticket

Unlimited travel for up to 5 people on all First bus services in the Bath Zone – valid after 9.30am Monday to Friday or all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

Available to buy from the driver (cash or contactless) and from the First Bus App.
£11.20
10 single journeys (for use at any time)
10 single journeys (for use at any time)

Can be bought via the First Bus App.

Available to buy from the First Bus App.
£14.40
Service 31 (Lansdown Park & Ride)Please note, Park & Ride fares only apply to journeys that start or end at the Park & Ride site. For all other trips, First’s usual Bath Zone fare tariffs apply.
  • Holders of English National Concessionary Passes can travel for free after 09:00 on weekdays (Monday to Friday) and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
  • Up to 5 children (under 16) can travel for free with each fare-paying adult
  • First day and season tickets can be used on Bath Park & Ride. Day & week multi-operator Rider tickets are also accepted
  • Children up to the age of 4 travel free with fare paying adults
  • First Bus’ 3-Stop Hop ticket is not accepted on services 21, 31 and 41

Brislington & Portway Park & Ride

The fares below apply only to Brislington and Portway Park & Ride services. Parking at the sites is free, you only pay the bus fare.

Filter by passenger type:

Ticket nameAdultYoung People (16-21) / StudentChildren (5-15)*Group
Anytime Return (2-Trip)
Off Peak Return

Return travel on the Brislington and Portway Park & Ride services at anytime. This is the First Bus’ Bristol Zone 2-Trip ticket.



Available from the driver (cash or contactless) and from the First Bus App.
£3.5
£2.7
£1.8
FirstDay
FirstDay

Unlimited travel on Park & Ride and all First Buses in Bristol Zone for one day, until 4:29am the next morning.



Available to buy from the bus driver (cash or contactless), First Bus App, Travel Shops, iPoints, Travelwest Travelcards, Payzone, PayPoint.
£6
£4.5
£3
£12


Valid for up to five people of any age from 9.30am Monday to Friday or all day Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

Please remember that two children ages 5-15 travel free with each fare paying adult. Additional children will be charged at the stated fare.

Unlimited children under 5 can travel for free with a fare paying passenger or concessionary pass holder.
Day Ticket Packs
Packs of Day tickets

These can only be used on the Brislington and Portway Park & Ride services.



Available to buy from the First Bus App and Travelwest Travelcards.
5 Days
£17.5
10 Days
£32
20 Days
£60
FirstWeek
FirstWeek

Unlimited travel on Park & Ride and all First Buses in Bristol Zone for 7 consecutive days.



Available to buy from the bus driver (cash or contactless), First Bus App, First Bus website, iPoints, Travel Shops, Travelwest Travelcard, Payzone and PayPoint.
£23.5
£17.7
£11.8
FirstMonth
FirstMonth

Unlimited travel on the Park & Ride and all First Buses in the Bristol Zone for one calendar month.



Available to buy from the First Bus App, First Bus website, iPoints, Travel Shops, Travelwest Travelcard, Payzone and PayPoint.

You could save on your monthly ticket by subscribing to First Unlimited. Find out more about the Unlimited ticket.
£83.8
£62.9
£41.9
Park & Ride Year
Park & Ride Year

Unlimited travel on the Brislington and Portway Park & Ride services only for a whole year.



Available to buy from the First Bus App.
£550
FirstYear
FirstYear

Unlimited travel on the Park & Ride and unlimited travel on all First Buses in Bristol Zone for a whole year.



Available to buy from the First Bus App, First Bus website and Travel Shops.
£841
£630.8
£420.5

*Two children aged 5-15 travel free with each fare paying adult, this fare applies to any additional children. Normal Bristol Zone child fares apply to the Portway Park & Ride service for all stops outside of the Portway Car Park.

All Park & Ride locations accept concessionary travelcards passes after 9am from Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (where operating).

First Bus’ 3-Stop Hop ticket is not valid on the Brislington and Portway Park & Ride services.


Where to buy

Filter by ticket type

Where to buySingleSingle – Pack of 5 (not available in WsM Zone)Single – Pack of 10 (Bristol Zone only)2-TripFirstDayFirst3Day / First5DayFirstDay BundlesFirstWeekFirstMonthUnlimitedFirstYear
On the bus (cash or contactless)Yes

(WofE single only available for journeys with limited miles)
Yes

(WofE 2-trip only available up to 6 miles)
YesYesYes
Tap On, Tap OffYesYesYesYesYes
First Bus AppYes

(WofE single only available for journeys of unlimited distance)
Yes

(WofE 2-trip only available for journeys of unlimited distance)
Yes

(WofE Plus Zone Day also available)
YesYesYesYes
PayPoint

This option will no longer be available from 1st January 2023.
Yes (except WsM
Zone)
Yes (except WsM
Zone)
Yes (except WsM
Zone)
iPoint (Bristol only)YesYesYesYes
Travelwest TravelcardOnline: Bristol Zone only

On bus: Bath Zone and WofE Zone
YesYes (except WsM Zone)Yes (except WsM Zone)Yes (except WsM Zone)
OnlineYesYesYesYes
Travel ShopBristol and West of England Zones OnlyBristol and West of England Zones OnlyBristol and West of England Zones OnlyBristol and West of England Zones Only
  • *WofE – West of England.
  • *WsM – Weston-super-Mare.

Cost savers

This operator accepts the following cost saving tickets on all their services, including metrobus and Park & Ride services.