Contactless

Tap, Tap, Cap – no need to decide what ticket to purchase, just tap your contactless card or device every time you need to travel and we’ll automatically charge you the cheapest daily fare for the journeys you’ve made, across our entire network and the Lothian family of services.

Paying by contactless is easy!  All you need to do is:

  • tap your card or device on the card reader
  • wait for the positive beep and green lights
  • take a seat!

Contactless payments with daily capping are only currently available for individual adult travel. You can’t share the same contactless card to pay for travel if you want daily capping.

Daily capping is applied to the card or device used, so please continue to use the same contactless card or device for the rest of that day. If you swap between different payment cards or devices, your payments will not be capped.  For example, if you use both a contactless card and a phone to pay for travel in the same day, your payments will not be capped (even if they’re funded by the same bank account).

I’m travelling with other people and want to use contactless to purchase all of our tickets together.

If you’re travelling with other people and want to buy paper tickets using contactless, then please ask the driver for the tickets you require and indicate that you wish to pay by contactless. The driver will prompt you when to tap your card and, if the transaction is approved, your tickets will be printed along with a receipt. Capping cannot be applied to any tickets purchased in this way. 

You can view your payment and journey history here.

We request the funds for any journeys made using contactless cards or devices in the early hours of the following morning.  If that transaction is declined, the card or device will not be accepted for travel until the outstanding balance is paid.  If your card has been denied for travel, please enter your details here to find out if a balance is still outstanding and how to re-enable your card or device.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Contactless Terms & Conditions