Fares & Tickets

How to pay for tickets?

Travel as much as you want on our buses with the same contactless card or device and we’ll work out the cheapest daily or weekly adult fare for you. Where you see the  symbol below, this means that fares for applicable adult journeys will be automatically capped at the price stated.

Buy paper tickets using contactless, including child and family tickets. You can also pay for groups – just tell the driver which tickets you need before presenting your card or device when prompted.

 Our adult and family tickets can be bought in advance on our m-tickets app. Some discounted ticket bundles are also available.

 Please be aware that the exact fare is needed when paying with cash on our buses because our drivers cannot give change.

SINGLEticket

Valid for one journey on a day service in the city zone, excluding Airlink.

Adult £1.80
Child 5-15 years old £0.90
Young Person Concession
with eligible Young Scot card
£1.20

Up to 3 children under 5 years old travel free with a fare-paying passenger.

DAYticket

Unlimited journeys on day services in the city zone, excluding Airlink.

Adult  £4.40 £4.50
Child 5-15 years old £2.20
Family up to 2 adults and 3 children £9.50

Also valid on Edinburgh Trams in the city zone. Tram journeys are not currently part of TapTapCap.

TapTapWeek

Maximum weekly cap for unlimited journeys on day and night services in the city and airport zones. Weekly caps run Monday – Sunday.

Lothian Week  £20.00

Tram journeys are not currently part of TapTapCap.

Eligible Scottish National Entitlement Card holders travel free on day services.

NIGHTsingle
Valid for one journey on a NightBus service in the city zone.
Adult £3.00
LATEticket

Unlimited journeys on day and NightBus services after 6pm in the city zone.

Adult  £4.00

Night travel is included in TapTapWeek caps.

Network DAYticket
Unlimited journeys on day and NightBus services across our entire network. Valid on:
  • Lothian Buses
  • Airlink and Skylink in all zones
  • EastCoastbuses in all zones
  • Lothiancountry in all zones
  • The following morning’s NightBus services
  • Edinburgh Trams in all zones
Adult  £10.00
Child 5-15 years old £5.00

Also valid on Edinburgh Trams in the city zone. Tram journeys are not currently part of TapTapCap.

Ridacard

With our season ticket Ridacard, the more you travel, the more you save. It’s our best value travel option and you can enjoy unlimited travel on our services across Edinburgh, including Queensferry and Edinburgh Airport. NightBus travel is also included with Ridacard and there are great deals for students too. Visit our Ridacard page for prices and full details.

  Adult Student* Junior
(5-15 years)
1-week Advance Purchase £20 £17 £10
4-week Advance Purchase £60 £51 £30
Annual Advance Purchase £600 £510 £300
Direct Debit Monthly £56 £45 £26

*Discounted rate for eligible students with a valid matriculation card.

Student Ridacard

We offer discounted Ridacards for students

   
Student 9-Month Advance Purchase (available September/October only) £450

Pre Purchased Tickets

Citysmart
Preloaded card with adult single journeys for bus or tram in the city zone.
20 journeys £38.00*
40 journeys £74.00*

Can also be purchased in a TravelHub.

*includes £2 new card fee

Child CITYSINGLEticket
Pre-printed paper tickets for child single journeys in the city zone.
20 journeys £18.00
Can also be purchased in a TravelHub.

m-tickets

Download the m-ticket app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and you can buy m-tickets using your credit or debit card – a minimum purchase of £4.00 applies.

M-tickets offers you the flexibility of pre-purchasing any combination of ticket types and quantities for use on all our buses and Edinburgh Trams and loading them on your phone before you travel. Just activate your ticket as you board the bus and show your phone screen to the driver. Find out more about Mobile Ticketing.

M-tickets can only be used by one passenger per device (except Family DAYtickets) but you can share your m-tickets with family and friends using our ticket sharing feature. Learn more about Mobile Ticketing Terms & Conditions.

Best Value 5x DAYticket m-ticket Bundle
Purchase a pack of 5 DAYtickets in the m-ticket app for just £20 – you save over 10%

We operate three services to and from Edinburgh Airport, including Airlink – our frequent express service taking you straight to the city centre 24/7.  Find out more about Airport services.

Airport Single Ticket

Single journey to or from Edinburgh Airport on Airline or Skyline. 

Adult £4.50
Child 5-15 years old £2.00
Airport Open Return

Return journey to or from Edinburgh Airport on Airlink or Skylink.

Adult £7.50
Child 5-15 years old £3.00
Family up to 2 adults and 3 children £18.00
Intermediate Single Ticket

Valid between Maybury or Gyle Centre and Edinburgh Airport. Also available on Airlink 100 between City Centre and Maybury.

Adult £2.50
Child 5-15 years old £1.50

Eligible Scottish National Entitlement Card holders travel free on day services (not valid on Airlink night services timetabled to depart South St David Street between 00:30 – 04:00; and Edinburgh Airport between 01:00 – 04:30).

Ways to pay

Contactless

There are two ways to use contactless on our buses:

TapTapCap
Capped contactless payments, with Daily and Weekly Capping

Who is it for?

Green Check MarkAdults – one passenger per contactless card or device

How does it work?

On Airport services, please let the driver know where you’re travelling to and whether you’d like to record a Single or Return journey. Once prompted, tap your contactless card or device and collect your ticket – if you asked for a Return, please keep your ticket to show the driver on your return journey.

With TapTapCap we automatically charge the best daily or weekly fare depending on the journeys you make. Use the same card or mobile payment device to record TapTapCap journeys all day or all week across our whole network to benefit from daily or weekly capping.

Please see our Contactless guide to find out more

Tickets
Purchase tickets using contactless (without capping)

Who is it for?

Green Check MarkChild & Family Tickets

Green Check Mark Group Tickets

How does it work?

Ask the driver for the ticket or tickets you need and wait for the driver to prompt you to tap your contactless card or device. Capping cannot be applied to this type of contactless, so please take care to ask for the appropriate ticket.

We accept Visa and Mastercard (including Maestro) cards that display the contactless symbol, or that have been added to Apple Pay and Google Pay

American Express is not accepted. Please be aware that cards issued outside of the UK may incur overseas transaction fees applied by your bank or card issuer. Find out more about using contactless on our services.

Cash

Please be aware that the exact fare is needed when paying with cash on our buses because our drivers cannot give change.

Pre Purchase tickets

You can pre-purchase airport tickets using m-tickets.

Download the m-ticket app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to pre-purchase Adult or Family tickets.

Please note, m-tickets are valid for one adult per phone, unless you have activated a 2 Adult Airport Return ticket (which is valid for two adults per phone), or a Family Airport Return ticket (which is valid for up to two adults and up to three children per phone).

Once purchased, just activate your m-ticket as you board the bus and show your phone screen to the driver. You have up to 180 days from purchase to activate and use your m-tickets. Find out more about m-tickets.

TapTapWeek

Maximum weekly cap for unlimited journeys on day and night services in the city and airport zones. Weekly caps run Monday – Sunday.

Lothian Week  £20.00
Network DAYticket
Unlimited journeys on day and NightBus services across our entire network. Valid on:
  • Lothian Buses
  • Airlink and Skylink in all zones
  • EastCoastbuses in all zones
  • Lothiancountry in all zones
  • The following morning’s NightBus services
  • Edinburgh Trams in all zones
Adult  £10.00
Child 5-15 years old £5.00

Also valid on Edinburgh Trams in the city zone. Tram journeys are not currently part of TapTapCap.

Night Single

Valid for one single trip on Airlink 100 night-time journeys between City Centre and Maybury only. Journeys to or from Edinburgh Airport are charged at the standard airport fares.

Adult £3.00

Night travel is included in TapTapWeek caps.

Up to 3 children under 5 years old travel free with a fare-paying passenger.

Single Fares (Adult £2.50 / Child £1.50) are available on Airlink and Skylink journeys between Edinburgh Airport and Maybury/Gyle centre, and on Airlink journeys between Maybury and Edinburgh City Centre.

 Citysingles, Citysmart cards DAYtickets, LATEtickets and NIGHTtickets are not valid for any journey on Airlink and are not valid on Skylink for journeys between Maybury and Edinburgh City Centre.

 Pre-purchased Agent Ticket Vouchers can only be used on Airlink.

 On Skylink services, standard Lothian fares and tickets are valid outside the Airport Fare Zone.

 

Ridacard – airport journeys included

With our season ticket Ridacard, the more you travel, the more you save. It’s our best value travel option and you can enjoy unlimited travel on our services across Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Airport. Visit our Ridacard page for prices and full details.

Multi-zone fare finder

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Choose your starting point and destination from the menus above to find your fare.

Single Tickets
Valid for one journey on any daytime EastCoastbuses service. When boarding, please state your destination to the driver.
  Adult Child
5-15 years old
Young Person
Concession
with eligible Young Scot card
travel in 1 zone
(or 2 zones if it includes city zone a)
£1.80 £0.90 £1.20
travel in 2 or 3 zones £2.80 £1.40 £1.85
travel in 4 zones £3.80 £1.90 £2.50
travel in 5 zones £4.80 £2.40 £3.20
travel in 6 zones £5.80 £2.90 £3.85

Up to 3 children under 5 years old travel free with a fare-paying passenger.

Eligible Scottish National Entitlement Card holders travel free on day services.

Day Tickets
  Adult Child
5-15 years old
Family
up to 2 adults and 3 children
DAYticket
Unlimited journeys on daytime services in city zone a and county zone b.
£4.50

 £4.40
£2.20   £9.50  
County Day Ticket
Unlimited journeys on daytime services in county zones b-f only.
 £5.50   £2.70   £12.50  
CountyPLUS Day Ticket
Unlimited journeys on daytime services in all zones, also valid on Lothian services in the city zone.
 £8.00   £3.70   £18.00  
TapTapWeek

Maximum weekly cap for unlimited journeys on day and night services in the following zones. Weekly caps run Monday – Sunday.

county Week (county zones b-f)  £22.00
countyPLUS Week (all ECB zones & Lothian city)  £32.00
Network Week (all zones, all services)  £40.00
Network DAYticket
Unlimited journeys on day and NightBus services across our entire network. Valid on:
  • Lothian Buses
  • Airlink and Skylink in all zones
  • EastCoastbuses in all zones
  • Lothiancountry in all zones
  • The following morning’s NightBus services
  • Edinburgh Trams in all zones
Adult  £10.00
Child 5-15 years old £5.00

Also valid on Edinburgh Trams in the city zone. Tram journeys are not currently part of TapTapCap.

NIGHTsingle
Valid for one journey on a night service in city zone a and county zone b.
Adult £3.00
LATEticket 
Unlimited journeys on day and night services after 6pm in city zone a and county zone b.
Adult  £4.00
NightHawk county
Unlimited journeys on NightHawk services in county zones b-f.
Adult £5.00
NightHawk countyPLUS
Unlimited journeys on NightHawk services in all zones.
Adult £8.00

Night travel is included in TapTapWeek caps.

m-ticket bundles

Download the m-ticket app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and you can buy one of our ticket bundles – the best value and most flexible way to pay for travel on EastCoastbuses.

M-ticket bundles offers the savings of a season ticket but with the added benefit that you can choose when to use the ticket, within 180 days.

Just activate your ticket as you board the bus and show your phone screen to the driver. M-tickets purchased as part of a bundle can only be used by one passenger per device.

East Lothian only

Adult 28 County Day Tickets
£ 105 pack of 28 Adult County Day Tickets
  • 30% off individual ticket price
  • Flexible - can be used on any non-consecutive days within 180 days
  • Ideal for commuters in East Lothian
  • Valid on EastCoastBuses services in zones b-f only
Best Value

Edinburgh and East Lothian

Adult 28 CountyPLUS Day Tickets
£ 165 pack of 28 Adult CountyPLUS Day Tickets
  • 25% off individual ticket price
  • Flexible - can be used on any non-consecutive days within 180 days
  • Ideal for commuters in East Lothian
  • Valid on EastCoastBuses services in zones a-f

Ridacard

If you use EastCoastbuses services mainly in city zone a and county zone b, our season ticket option might be the best choice for you. Ridacard is our best value travel option and you can enjoy unlimited travel on our services across Edinburgh, and parts of East Lothian. Visit our Ridacard page for prices and full details.

If you’re looking for tickets that can be used across multiple operators, click here to find out more about integrated ticketing from One-Ticket.

Multi-zone fare finder

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Choose your starting point and destination from the menus above to find your fare.

Single Tickets
Valid for one journey on any daytime Lothiancountry service. When boarding, please state your destination to the driver.
  Adult Child
5-15 years old
Young Person
Concession
with eligible Young Scot card
travel in 1 zone £1.80 £0.90 £1.20
travel in 2 or 3 zones £2.80 £1.40 £1.85
travel in 4 zones £3.80 £2.40 £3.20
travel in 5 zones £4.80 £2.90 £3.85
travel in 6 zones £5.80 £2.90 £3.85

Up to 3 children under 5 years old travel free with a fare-paying passenger.

Eligible Scottish National Entitlement Card holders travel free on day services.

Day Tickets
  Adult Child
5-15 years old
Family
up to 2 adults and 3 children
DAYticket
Unlimited journeys on daytime services in city zone a and county zone b.
£4.50

 £4.40
£2.20   £9.50  
cityWEST DAYticket
Unlimited journeys on daytime services in city and cityWEST zones.
 £5.50   £2.70   £12.50  
countryWEST DAYticket
Unlimited journeys on daytime services in countryWEST zones a-d.
 £5.50   £2.70   £12.50  
lothianWEST DAYticket
Unlimited daytime journeys in all zones, also valid on Lothian services in the city zone.
 £8.00   £3.70   £18.00  
TapTapWeek

Maximum weekly cap for unlimited journeys on day and night services in the following zones. Weekly caps run Monday – Sunday.

cityWEST Week (Lothian city & cityWEST zones)  £22.00
countryWEST Week (countryWEST zones a-d)  £22.00
lothianWEST Week (all LC zones & Lothian city)  £32.00
Network Week (all zones, all services)  £40.00
Network DAYticket
Unlimited journeys on day and NightBus services across our entire network. Valid on:
  • Lothian Buses
  • Airlink and Skylink in all zones
  • EastCoastbuses in all zones
  • Lothiancountry in all zones
  • The following morning’s NightBus services
  • Edinburgh Trams in all zones
Adult  £10.00
Child 5-15 years old £5.00

Also valid on Edinburgh Trams in the city zone. Tram journeys are not currently part of TapTapCap.

NIGHTsingle
Valid for one journey on a night service in city zone a and county zone b.
Adult £3.00
LATEticket 
Unlimited journeys on day and night services after 6pm in city zone a and county zone b.
Adult  £4.00
NightBus Tickets
Unlimited journeys on N28 and N43 in the relevant zones.
NIGHTcityWEST city and cityWEST zones £5.00
NIGHTlothianWEST all zones £6.00
NIGHTcountryWEST countryWEST zones a-d £3.00

Night travel is included in TapTapWeek caps.

m-ticket bundles – best value

Download the m-ticket app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and you can buy one of our ticket bundles – the best value and most flexible way to pay for travel on Lothian Country.

M-ticket bundles offers the savings of a season ticket but with the added benefit that you can choose when to use the ticket, within 180 days.

Just activate your ticket as you board the bus and show your phone screen to the driver. M-tickets purchased as part of a bundle can only be used by one passenger per device.

countryWEST Day Ticket
  x20 Bundle x5 Bundle
m-ticket bundle price £55 £19.50
lothianWEST Day Ticket
  x20 Bundle x5 Bundle
m-ticket bundle price £100 £26.50

Ridacard

Ridacard is the best value way to pay for frequent travel in the city and cityWEST zones – visit our Ridacard page for prices and full details.  Add-on fares for occasional journeys beyond the city/cityWEST zones can be requested from the driver on LothianCountry services – just state your destination before presenting your Ridacard.

If you’re looking for tickets that can be used across multiple operators, click here to find out more about integrated ticketing from One-Ticket.