• Alternatives to paying by cash

    Key smartcard and our app

Regular travellers – Travelling to and from school most days

  • Metrorider tickers - these are available in various time periods and can be loaded on to a Child key card or our mobile app. These will work out cheaper than buying tickets from the driver every day in the long run. Journeys need to be entirely within the relevant Metrorider zone (Crawley, Horsham and Redhill & Reigate).
  • Metrovoyager tickets  - these are available in various time periods and can be loaded on to a Child key card or mobile app. These will work out cheaper than buying tickets from the driver every day in the long run. Valid across the entire Metrobus and Brighton & Hove Bus Company networks.

Tickets can be purchased and stored for future use on both our Child key card or our app. Once purchased, the ticket remains stored until ready for use. To activate a ticket on a Child Key card, place the card on the reader on the ticket machine and wait for the beep. To activate a ticket on our app, go to “My Wallet” and choose which ticket to activate. Once activated a QR code will be generated which should be scanned on the bus each time you board until the ticket expires. Once expired, the QR code will disappear.

Tickets for Child key cards can be purchased at a travel shop or online. If purchased at a travel shop they are available to use straight away. If purchased online, please allow up to 24 hours for the ticket to be available.

Tickets on our app are purchased using a credit/debit card and are available to use immediately. If you have your own app account, you can purchase tickets using that and “Gift” them to your child’s account. Tickets are available within minutes, so gifting is an ideal solution if you are in a different location to your child. Children would need their own smartphone and account to receive gifted tickets

Less regular travellers

  • 60 minutes Metrorider – these tickets allow you to make as many trips as you want within 60 minutes. Ideal for less regular travellers where longer season tickets don’t represent good value for money. Journeys need to be entirely within the relevant Metrorider zone (Crawley, Horsham and Redhill & Reigate). 60 minute tickets are only available on our mobile app.
  • Multi journey single tickets  – Prepurchase in bulk and save money on buying individual single tickets. They are available in quantities of 5, 10 and 25. Loaded directly on to the child key card. The more you buy, the more you save. One journey is deducted each time a bus is boarded. Valid for up to 12 months from date of purchase. Can be purchased in store or on line. Journeys need to be entirely within the relevant Metrorider zone (Crawley, Horsham and Redhill & Reigate). If you change buses, a second journey will be needed. They are not available on our mobile app.

Tickets can be purchased and stored for future use on both our Child key card or our app. Once purchased, ticket remains stored until ready for use. To activate a ticket on a Child Key card, place the card on the reader on the ticket machine and wait for the beep. To activate a ticket on our app, go to “My Wallet” and choose which ticket to activate. Once activated a QR code will be generated which should be scanned on the bus each time you board until the ticket expires. Once expired, the QR code will disappear

Tickets for Child key cards can be purchased at a travel shop or online. If purchased at a travel shop are available to use straight away. If purchased online, please allow up to 24 hours for the ticket to be available.

Tickets on our app are purchased using a credit/debit card and available to use immediately. If you have your own app account, you can purchase tickets using that and “Gift” them to your child’s account. Tickets are available within minutes, so gifting is an ideal solution if you are in a different location to your child. Children would need their own smartphone and account to receive gifted tickets

Find out more here about Child fares on the key and app.