Paying for a journey by public transport is now easier than ever! With a number of season tickets available in the area, contactless payments accepted on most services and even the option of purchasing and storing tickets on your smart phone you’ll find it super easy to find a payment method that suits you!
If you are a regular public transport user, make sure that you have spent some time exploring ways you could save some money. Paying on the day may be a quick and flexible option, but you could make some serious savings by buying a monthly or annual pass, or by booking your travel in advance.
First and Arriva Ticketing
Many of the local bus services are operated by First Bus or Arriva, who both offer a range of ticketing options aimed at making your journeys as cheap as possible. Both of the operators now accept contactless payments on all services across the region.
For further details on First and Arriva tickets, including information on how to buy tickets via your smart phone, follow the link below.
If your journey includes more than one bus operator, or is combined with a journey by rail, an MCard may offer a better option. The MCard is a smart card that makes travelling on travel on buses, train or both in West Yorkshire really simple and great value too!
If you often use the bus to travel to/from the local train stations then a PLUSBUS ticket may be for you. A West Yorkshire area PLUSBUS ticket gives you unlimited bus travel on the participating operators’ services (including all First and Arriva services) around the Leeds and West Yorkshire area.
National Railcard holders get 33% off and children under 16 get 50% off day ticket prices. There are also season tickets available for commuters for seven days, a month, three months and a year.
Finding good value train tickets is easier than ever, with a number of great online tools available! Both Cross Gates and Garforth stations have a tickets office and ticket machines available, making purchasing train tickets in person really simple. Alternatively, the Trainline app gives you ability to purchase digital tickets to store on your smartphone, as well as giving you live journey information.
Booking train travel in advance is an easy way to get cheaper tickets, with the number of cheap advance fares available doubling in the last few years! Advance tickets are available to buy as far as 12 weeks before your date of travel and can usually be purchased up until 6pm the day before.
If you’re making the same train journey three days per week or more, perhaps on your journey to work, then getting a regular season ticket could save you a considerable amount of money! Most season tickets of 7-days or longer can only be used by a specific person and will require a Photocard to validate them.
If you’re travelling between 2-3 days per week and need a little extra flexibility, new Flexi Season Tickets allow you to travel 8 days in 28 between specified stations, working out at 2.5 days of travel per week. The Flexi Season ticket will offer a minimum of 20% discount on an equivalent Monthly Season ticket, so definitely worth looking into if you know you’re going to be splitting your time between home and the office.
Use National Rail’s handy tool to calculate the cost of different season tickets by follow the link below.
If you regularly commute to work by bus it’s worth checking if your employer is part of either of the Arriva or First Corporate Travel Schemes, as you’ll get great discounts on annual bus tickets if they are!
West Yorkshire Metro also have a discount available on Annual MCards for employees of businesses that are part of their Travel Plan Network. It’s worth checking if your employer is a member if you make journeys on both bus and train, or on buses with different operators.
There are a number of different concessions for seniors wishing to travel locally and nationally in England, across all types of public transport. For more information about eligibility and the concessions available check out Age UK’s guide by following the link below.