Smart bus ticket

The Smart multi-operator bus pass allows you to travel on buses provided by different operators across North Staffordshire with just one ticket.

You can travel with any of the bus operators listed below, on any bus route, at any time of day across Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and North Staffordshire within the boundaries of the scheme.

Smart tickets cannot be used to travel to or from areas outside of the boundary, but you can use it to travel up to the boundary and pay the additional fare to your final destination.

Smart tickets are valid on the following bus operators' services:

  • First
  • D&G
  • Scraggs
  • Arriva Midlands

Weekly, monthly, three-month and annual tickets are available. The annual pass is only available to adults paying by Direct Debit and working for certain, approved companies in the city. 

Type of ticket Adult price Child price
Smart day ticket £5.90 £4.40
Smart weekly ticket £21 £15.75
Smart monthly ticket £75 £56
Smart three-month ticket £194 £139
Annual £580  

Child tickets are for those aged 15 and under. Adult tickets are for those 16 and over. Student tickets are also available.

If you have a smart phone, you can download apps so you can buy a Mticket from First Bus app or D&G bus app myTrip.

If you don’t have a phone that can download apps you can buy weekly, monthly and three-month Smart passes (adult, child and students) before you travel from the First Travel Shop at Hanley Bus Station or daily and weekly tickets are available on the bus from the driver (monthly, three-monthly and annual passes cannot be bought on the bus).

If you are a student and buying a pass form the Travel Shop you will need to provide evidence that you are attending education.