Tickets on all local and long distance bus services in Wales are sold by the bus driver. The only exception is National Express services, where it is advisable to book in advance either through a National Express agent or via the company’s web site, as all seats are reservable.
Bus drivers will normally sell adult and child single or day return fares. Many drivers also sell their own company ‘day out’ tickets for use on their network of services. In some areas there are ‘day out’ tickets available on all operators’ services. Most operators also issue season tickets for regular travellers. Often these are not available from drivers and have to be bought from bus company ticket offices.
When purchasing your ticket from the driver nearly all bus companies in Wales give change on the bus (but do try to avoid tendering large denomination notes!). There are two major exceptions in South Wales namely Cardiff Bus and Newport Transport. These two companies work to an ‘exact fare’ policy to speed up boarding. If you do not have the correct money, you will be issued with a ‘change voucher’ which you can take to the ticket office to be reimbursed for.
If you are travelling into Wales by train, you can often reach your final destination by bus, by asking the train company for the ‘add on’ PLUSBUS ticket for the area you are travelling to, when buying your rail ticket. This will enable you to travel on the local bus service to your final destination, often at a reduced fare. For more information see the PLUSBUS website.
Many towns without railway stations can be reached using public transport from the nearest railhead station. Combined rail and bus tickets may be available on some of these links. Take a look at National Rail's Non-rail served towns pages for more information.
Greater information of bus company fares is normally found on their respective web sites, details of which are shown below.
Multi Operator Tickets
Public Transport Operators
The links below will take you to the public transport company websites for more information about their services:
Bus / Coach Operators
Coach Travel Wales
First Cymru Buses
Gwyn Williams Coaches
Llew Jones Coaches
Stagecoach in South Wales
Taf Valley Coaches