Ticket options

Choose from our flexible range of fares to find the ideal ticket or card to fit your travel needs.

Note that all of our regular services (with the exception of Airlink) use an exact fare system for cash fares – our drivers do not have access to cash and cannot give change. Please have the exact change correct fare ready when boarding our buses – ask the driver for the type of ticket you require and place your change coins in the red fares box and take your ticket from the ticket machine (either beside the fares box or just behind the driver’s cab).

Mobile ticketing

You can purchase and use:
SINGLEtickets for Lothian Buses and Single Tickets for Edinburgh Trams (city or airport fare zones). Airport return tickets are also available for Edinburgh Trams.

DAYtickets, DAY&NIGHTtickets and Family DAYtickets, which can be used on buses and trams, as well as NIGHTtickets can also be purchased.

Adult Single and Return tickets to or from Edinburgh Airport on our Airlink service are also available.

A new way to pay using your phone.

​The official Transport for Edinburgh app means there’s no need to search for the exact fare again. Instead, you can buy and load your phone with  m-tickets. Your m-tickets can then be activated and used as you need them. The app also uses real-time information and can send push notifications so you’ll always know when your bus or tram is due. While you download the app, take a minute to read our m-ticket FAQs. Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Please note that except for Family DAYtickets, m-tickets can only be used by one passenger per device – passengers cannot travel together using tickets purchased on the same device.

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SINGLEticket

Adult: £1.60
Child: 80p
Scottish National Entitlement Card: Free

Ideal for infrequent users.

SINGLEtickets are available from your bus driver. When boarding the bus let the driver know the type of ticket you require and then place the correct change into the red fares box. Please have your correct fare ready as our drivers do not have access to cash and cannot give change.

Holders of Young Scot Concession Cards (ages 16 to 18 inclusive) are entitled to 1/3 off the Adult Single fare on all services except Edinburgh Trams, NightBus services and Tours.

Also available as m-tickets in our app.

Ridacard - Unlimited travel on bus and tram, day and night

Our best option for regular travellers -
the more you travel, the more you save!

Adult, Junior and Student 1-week, 4-week, annual and Direct Debit Ridacards available to suit every pocket. As well as day buses, Ridacard holders can also travel on Airlink buses at no extra charge. NightBus travel is completely free with a valid Ridacard. Ridacard holders can also travel on Edinburgh Trams, but must validate their Ridacard on a platform validator before boarding.

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citysmart

citysmart is the convenient, top-up ticket for bus and tram single journeys.

Available to buy online or from any of our Travelshops, the citysmart card gives you the freedom to top-up as you go. You can top-up on any of our buses - just present your citysmart card to top-up by five journeys for £8, or visit one of our Travelshops to top-up by 10 (£16), 20 (£32) or 50 (£80) journeys at one time.

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Child CITYSINGLEticket

Child: £16.00 Pack of 20 Tickets

Like a single ticket without searching for loose change!

PLEASE NOTE: Adult CITYSINGLEtickets will no longer be available for sale after 5pm on Tuesday 16 February 2016. Child CITYSINGLEtickets are still available.

​Available as a pack of 20 tear-off tickets for single journeys. Available from our Travelshops and directly from our Online Shop. When you board the bus, you must present both sides of the Child CITYSINGLEticket to the driver before placing it in the red fares box. The driver will then issue you with a ticket valid for travel.

Child CITYSINGLEtickets are not valid on Edinburgh Trams, Airlink or NightBus services.

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DAYticket


Adult: £4.00
Child: £2.00

Unlimited travel on our day buses and Edinburgh Trams (City Fare zone only) for one day.

​Perfect if you are making 3 or more journeys in a day. Like single tickets, these can be purchased from the bus driver of the first bus you board. Please have your correct fare ready as our drivers do not have access to cash and cannot give change. You must clearly show your DAYticket to the driver on every bus you board. DAYtickets can be pre-purchased from our Travelshops, and online from our Online Shop. DAYtickets can also be purchased from one of the Ticket Vending Machines at each tram stop

Also available as m-tickets in our app.

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Network DAYticket

Adult: £9.00
Child: £4.50

Unlimited travel on our buses and trams for one day.

Go anywhere, anytime with our great value Network DAYticket.

​Perfect if you are making 3 or more journeys, including travel to/from Edinburgh Airport, in a day. Like single tickets, these can be purchased from the bus driver of the first bus you board. Please have your correct fare ready as our drivers do not have access to cash and cannot give change. Network DAYticket can also be purchased from one of the Ticket Vending Machines at each tram stop.

Valid on Lothian Buses, Airlink, Skylink and Edinburgh Trams. Also valid within all East Coast Buses zones and on the following morning's NightBus, ECB NightHawk and Airlink until 0430 hours.

You must clearly show your DAYticket to the driver on every bus you board.
Also available as m-tickets in our app.

NIGHTticket

All Night Ticket: £3.00
With RIDACARD: FREE
Your NIGHTticket can be used on multiple NightBus services.

Perfect after a night out or for getting somewhere (very) early

NIGHTtickets are available from your bus driver. When boarding the bus place the correct change into the red fares box. Please have your correct fare ready as our drivers do not have access to cash and cannot give change. Your NIGHTticket is valid for travel all night.

Also available as m-tickets in our app.

DAY&NIGHTticket

Adult only: £3.50

Like DAYticket but valid after 1800hrs and on day & NightBus services until 0430hrs.

Like a DAYticket but purchased on-bus after 1800hrs.  A DAY&NIGHTticket can be used on Lothian Buses day services and NightBus network until 0430hrs the following day. Also valid on Edinburgh Trams (City Fare zone only).

Also available as m-tickets in our app.

Family DAYticket

£8.50

All-day travel for up to 2 adults and up to 3 children!

The Family DAYticket allows up to 2 adults and up to 3 children unlimited travel together on Lothian Buses day services, all day, for only £8.50.  Also valid on Edinburgh Trams (City Fare zone only).

That’s an incredible saving of up to 42%.

You can buy from your bus driver,  from one of the Ticket Vending Machines at each tram stop, or pre-purchase from our Travelshops or Park & Ride.

Also available as m-tickets in our app.

East Coast Buses countyPLUS ticket

Adult £7.50
Child £3.50
Family £18.00

Get around Edinburgh and discover East Lothian

Valid on all East Coast Buses zones, Lothian day services and Edinburgh Trams (except Airport).


Travel Restrictions

Ridacards can be used on all Lothian Buses day services and Edinburgh Trams and NightBuses, except Service 98 and Tours. Ridacards are valid across zones A & B only on East Coast Buses day services.
Daytime SINGLE tickets and DAY tickets are valid on all buses except Airlink, NightBus services, East Coast Buses (zones c-f), Service 98 and Tours.  DAY&NIGHT tickets are available to purchase from 1800 to 2359hrs and are valid on all buses (between 1800hrs & 0430hrs) except Airlink 100, Skylink 200 (between Eastfield Road at A8 and Airport), East Coast Buses (zones c-f), Service 98, Edinburgh Trams  (Airport stop) and Tours.

 

Child Fares

Up to two children under five may travel free when accompanied by a fare-paying passenger who is responsible for them. Additional children under five will be charged the Child fare.  Child CITYSINGLE tickets are also available: £16 for a pack of 20 - available online or from one of our Travelshops.
Children between 5 and 15 inclusive pay the Child fare.
Passengers asking for a Child fare may be required to prove their age – a Lothian Buses TEENCARD provides that proof. TEENCARDs are available free from Waverley Bridge Travelshop on production of proof of age (passport, birth certificate, etc.) and a recent passport–size photograph conforming to UK Passport Agency standards.

 

Senior/Concession Passes

Eligible Scottish National Entitlement Card holders travel free at all times on all buses except NightBus services and Tours. We cannot accept concession cards from other areas of the UK. Different concession rules apply to Edinburgh Trams.

Young Scot Concession

Holders of Young Scot Concession Cards (ages 16 to 18 inclusive) are entitled to 1/3 off the Adult Single fare on all services except Edinburgh Trams, NightBus services and Tours.