First Bus: Tap on tap off

Best value fare ‘Tap On Tap Off’ ticketing technology being launched on First Leicester Buses

  • Partnership with Leicester City Council
  • New ticketing technology for contactless payments

Tap on Tap off ticketing technology is being introduced on First Leicester buses from Friday 4th June, meaning that people will always be charged the best value fare for a bus journey.  

If a person makes a single journey or multiple journeys on the same day the technology works out the best value fare to charge from when a person taps on with their credit/debit card or google and apple pay devices and taps off when they get off the bus.

Frequent travellers can also benefit from the flexibility the system offers as they will never pay more than the weekly price in any seven-day period.


First Leicester is working in partnership with Leicester city council on the initiative with subsidy being awarded from the Department for Transports ‘Transforming Cities fund’ to purchase the ticket machine readers and instillation of the equipment. The new function works in conjunction with the technology already in place to process, analyse and charge for a bus journey. 

Nigel Eggleton, Managing Director at First Leicester said;” Ticketing technology is set to take a major step forward with the introduction of the Tap on Tap off function. Simplification of ticketing is a key ingredient in our plan to welcome back existing customers and encourage people who don’t presently choose to use buses to give them a try.

“With the Tap on Tap off function it couldn’t be easier as a customer can now have the peace of mind knowing that the best value fare will be charged for a single journey or multiple journeys over a full day.

Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “It’s great to see First Leicester buses launching this new ticketing scheme, which will ensure passengers get the best fare available on the day, and will reduce the amount of time it takes to board the bus.


“This is the first stage to having a capped fare across all bus operators in the city, who will also be installing this technology, which means there will be much more flexibility for bus passengers.

“The scheme is one of a number of initiatives we are working on with bus operators through the Leicester Bus Partnership, and along with our new fleet of electric park and ride vehicles and building of a brand new bus station, will hopefully encourage many more people to use this form of transport.”