Catching the bus in Portsmouth is now even easier thanks to the introduction of 'tap on, tap off' (TOTO) technology on local buses.

Portsmouth City Council has worked in partnership with First Bus to bring this technology to all local First bus routes.  

Passengers in Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport just need to scan their contactless device – bank card, smartphone or smartwatch when they get on a bus and then scan the same payment method when they get off.   

Whether a single journey at £2 or less, or multiple journeys per day or week, passengers will automatically only pay the cheapest fares, and never pay more than the daily or weekly cap, however many journeys they make.  

Child and Pompey Young Person tickets cannot use TOTO technology, and need to be purchased online, from the driver, or the First bus app.  

This has been made possible thanks to the Portsmouth Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) a £48 million government funded scheme which is transforming bus services in the city. 

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said:  

“With the cost of living remaining so high, the bus is an affordable way to travel to work, school, the shops or get to get out and about to see friends. By working in partnership with First bus to launch tap on, tap off technology, we have made taking the bus even more convenient. By tapping on and off the bus, the best fares are automatically calculated for you depending on the number of journeys you take in a day or week, which means you can be as flexible as you want with your travel plans!” 

James Eustace, Commercial Director for First Bus South, said:Tap on Tap off technology allows our customers ultimate flexibility. We’re delighted that passengers using our routes in Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport will now be able to benefit. 

“With rising costs, we know bus travel is a cost-effective way to get around, and capped fares help our customers know exactly what they are spending. Whether customers use the bus every day, or only travel occasionally, TOTO ensures everyone automatically gets the best price for their journey.”