Tap On, Tap Off

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We know that plans change so you may not be able to choose the best ticket to suit your needs at the beginning of your day.  At Cardiff Bus we are happy to introduce Tap On, Tap Off to make buying adult single and day tickets easier and more convenient.

Tap On, Tap Off is as simple as it sounds, you tap on by placing your contactless bank card or enabled device onto the ticket machine reader when you board the bus and tap off on the designated card reader when you leave.  Our smart system will work out the best ticket option for you based on your journeys, so you won’t get charged more than the price of a day ticket. 

You can view your journeys and transactions here.

Don’t forget to tap off!

Tap On, Tap Off is currently only available for adult single or day tickets across all our services.  Other tickets such as our weekly, 4 weekly and annual tickets remain the best value for money for those travelling often.

Always have your phone or card on you? Perfect, that’s all you need! If you are unsure of what Tap On, Tap Off involves, take a look at our FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tap On, Tap Off?

Tap On, Tap Off is a quick and easy way to travel without the inconvenience of purchasing specific tickets every time you travel. If you don’t know how many journeys you’ll be taking in a day the system will calculate the best value ticket for you so you’re not spending more than you need to.  You simply Tap On using a contactless payment method on the driver’s ticket machine and Tap Off on the card reader on your way out.

We will work out the correct fare for your journey based on where you board and exit the bus. You will NOT be overcharged as long as you remember to Tap Off upon leaving the bus so we can work out the correct fare to charge you.

There is no need to inform the driver of where you’re going, just let them know you’ll be Tapping On, keep an eye out for your stop, and Tap Off as you alight the bus.

Where can I travel with Tap On, Tap Off?

You can travel on all Cardiff Bus routes using Tap On, Tap Off. To plan the route of your next journey, use our Journey Planner.

How are the fares calculated?

Your fares are calculated based on how many journeys you make and where you travel on that day.

  • Tapping on and off for one journey will amount to a single adult fare for that trip
  • Making multiple journeys throughout the day will amount to your fare being capped at the price of an adult day ticket.
  • The fare will be based on the fare zones you travel within, for example, if you tap on and tap off within our Cardiff fare zone you’ll be charged a maximum of £4 per day.  If you’re travelling between the Cardiff and Barry fare zones you’ll get charged a maximum of £5.50.
  • If you don’t tap out you’ll be charged £2 or £2.80 if you’re travelling on routes 30, 93, 94, 95, 96, 96A
  • Return fares will be calculated on service 30 and 57/58*

*return fares will only be available with Tap On, Tap Off when all journeys are taken on services 57 or 58

Which payment methods can I use?

You can pay for your fare with:

  • Contactless card payment
  • Apple Pay
  • Android Pay

To avoid multiple charges, please keep your payment method away from any other cards, phones or watches as you tap on/off.    You must always use the same card or device.

When will I be charged?

We’ll take a 10p holding fee when you tap on but you’ll be charged your fare a day or two after your journeys when the correct fare has been worked out.  The 10p holding fee will be incorporated into your fare so you’re not paying any more to use this service.

Can I check what I have been charged?

Yes.  You can create an account with our partner Littlepay and view all the journeys you’ve made as well as the fare you’ve been charged.

View journeys and transactions here.

Passback Setting for Tapping On

Only one person can use Tap on, Tap off on one card, fares cannot be shared for Tap on, Tap off regardless of how many people you are travelling with. When using Tap on, Tap off, an individual pays for one ticket when tapping on. A 120 second setting is in place meaning that when a customer taps on, they cannot tap off for two-minutes. This is in place to ensure the smooth running of this system.

Is Tap on, Tap off suitable for all customers?

At the moment this service is only available for our adult tickets.  It is not valid for child, My Travel Pass, family or group tickets, or tickets for longer durations.

What happens if I forget to Tap Off?

Forgetting to Tap Off results in you being charged a single fare until the end of the route your journey was on. It is important that you always Tap Off to ensure that you are charged for the correct fare, especially if you’re not crossing fare boundaries.

Can I use Tap On, Tap Off to purchase multiple tickets?

Tap On, Tap Off can only be used individually. If you are travelling with others, each person who is travelling and wishes to Tap On, Tap Off, must do so with their own method of contactless payment.

Can I swap between cards and payment methods?

When travelling with Tap On, Tap Off, you must use the same contactless payment method for all your journeys that day, to avoid being overcharged.

Can I still pay via contactless for other tickets?

Yes, just ask the driver for the ticket you’d like to purchase and pay via contactless as normal.

What should I do if there are issues with my payment?

If this happens, please get in touch with our friendly Customer Service team and they will help you resolve any issues you may encounter.

You can contact our Customer Service team by:

See you on board soon!