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Tap & Cap on First buses in Doncaster


From Sunday 29 September, First South Yorkshire is simplifying its fares in Doncaster by introducing Tap & Cap payments.

Tap & Cap technology will be trialled on a six-month basis offering you capped fares, within Doncaster, when you use a contactless device.

Like on London’s public transport network, Tap & Cap is activated when you use a contactless card. You just need to choose your preferred contactless card device (e.g. bank card, Apple watch or mobile phone) and simply tap it on the card reader each time you board. There is no need to ask the driver for a ticket, but you must use the same device each time.

How much will Tap & Cap fares cost?

All single journeys made with Tap & Cap will cost just £2, as long as you are travelling within the Doncaster zone. A second journey made with Tap & Cap will be charged at an additional £2 and the third journey will be capped at just 70p, taking the price to the same as a day ticket (£4.70). Any additional journeys made that day will be free. If you continue to tap throughout the week, the cost of your journeys will be capped at the same price as a weekly ticket (£16.50). You won’t be given a paper ticket, but you'll be able to use First’s app to track what you've been charged.

Please note, Tap & Cap is valid for travel in Doncaster on First buses only.

Will this affect other fares?

Mobile ticketing prices will be changing on Sunday 29 September, so daily and weekly ticket prices are consistent with the Tap & Cap offer. This means that the cost of a mobile day ticket, currently £4, will increase to £4.70 and the mobile weekly ticket, currently £15, will increase to £16.50. First’s tickets for travel in Doncaster purchased via Ticket Machines in Interchanges will also increase.

All other ticket prices remain unchanged, including the ‘10 trip mTicket’ and First's child weekly ticket.

For cross boundary travel, there will be no change and you should continue to purchase a ticket as usual. Please be aware that if you tap and travel beyond Doncaster, you'll not be able to pay through tap and cap on the return and will need to pay for a valid ticket back to Doncaster.

You can still purchase First £1.20 and £3 single fare, if these are the right tickets for you. You can pay cash or use contactless to purchase these tickets, you just need to tell the driver you want this fare.

Changes to the Doncaster weekly ticket

From 27 October, the First weekly and TravelMaster DonConnect 7 Day tickets will no longer be available to purchase on First buses. You will still be able to purchase this ticket through all other channels, and get the weekly £16.50 price if you use Tap & Cap.

More information

You can read more about First Tap & Cap payments by visiting the First South Yorkshire website.

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