App user guide

4 years ago Tue 10th Jul 2018

The updated Cardiff Bus app for iOS and Android gives you a one-stop shop for information and ticketing. Never used our buses before? It gives you the peace of mind to never have to worry about where your bus is again!

Our app allows you to plan your journey from start to end. From getting to the stop and checking timetables to watching the live times feed for your bus and buying your ticket, our app can do it all!

download for free

The new app is absolutely free to download and is available in both the app and play stores now. Simply search Cardiff Bus or click on the links below:

iTunes store

Google Play store

new app, new login

As this is a brand new app, not an update to the iffapp, when you download the new app you will need to create a new user account.

live times

The main map in live times shows all the bus stops in our network. You can click on the stop you want to get a few options how to proceed. You can also favourite your stop to more easily find it next time in the 'favourites' menu. You can also use the search bar to find your stop or a location that you want to get to.

departures - including bus tracking

Once you have selected a stop, using 'departures' will show you a live departure board telling you when the next buses are due. Journeys with a flashing icon are live times - if it doesn't have the icon then the bus might not be tracking properly and it will only show the timetabled arrival time. 

The live times count down in minutes which are worked out by where the bus is on the road and how long it estimates it will take to get to you. 

get me here

Exactly what it says! Clicking this opens the journey planner to show you how to get to that stop - you can view this as instructions or on a map. The get me here function is best used to get you to your final destination.

buy tickets on the go - or save them for later 

It's so easy to buy and use tickets on the go or in advance!

You can save your card details so after your first purchase, it's just a couple of clicks to buy your new ticket! 

Simply choose your ticket and activate it when you want to travel. You will need an internet connection to activate your ticket. Once you have activated it, it doesn't rely on using any mobile data/WiFi - but will require you to 'check-in' to the internet every three days. The ticket will have a QR code that you simply scan under the reader when boarding the bus.

Important - please ensure that your phone's time and date is set to the system time/date. If you have your phone set at a different time, the tickets may not activate or be able to be scanned and you may be asked by the driver to buy a new ticket.

Once you have activated a ticket on your phone you will not be able to use it on any other device. If you have an issue with the app, please contact us before uninstalling. If you uninstall and reinstall the app, your ticket will disappear as the reinstall will 'wipe' the activated ticket. 

Please note, if you run out of battery before you board the bus, you will have to buy another ticket before being allowed to board. Allowing your battery to run out when using an ticket and asking to travel would be like asking the driver to let you travel if you left your pass at work.

Due to tickets needing to be scanned, we do not accept tickets on tablets as they are usually unable to be positioned under the reader to be scanned. Please only use tickets on mobile phones.

Tickets must be activated within 1 year.

plan your journey

If you aren't sure how to get from A to B, our app can help! You can use our journey planner to find a stop, or a geographical area, to go from and to and it will tell you which buses you need to get and when. We are working on the journey planner constantly to ensure that it gives you the best results so keep checking for updates as we make this function even better!


You can also check your timetables in the app - simply find your route from the list. You can search by day, so you can be sure that you are seeing the right journeys for the day you want to travel! You can also see the timetable by 'major stops' or expand it out to include all stops so you can find your own stop. 

things to do

A great feature on our app is 'things to do.' This shows you events and attractions in the local area that you can get to by bus, giving you more reasons to travel with us.

service alerts

We have also incorporated our Twitter feed into the app so you can check whether there is any disruption to your route without having to have a twitter account!

keep connected

To make sure your tickets are valid, the app requires an internet connections. Your phone will do this automatically when you open the app but if you go 3 days without a connection then you may not be able to see your tickets. Simply reconnect to display them again. You can also turn on a notification in the app to remind you to connect when there is an hour remaining to connect.

need help?

If you need help getting started please email [email protected] or call our Customer Service centre on 029 2066 6444.

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