• the key smartcard

    Stores your tickets electronically

Welcome to the key

What is the key?

The key is our electronic smartcard and is a great way of paying for travel on Metrobus services.

The tickets available on the key are our period Metrorider and Metrovoyager tickets. Period travel is from 1 day to Annual. Multi trip tickets, Horsham Park & Ride tickets and Gatwick Travelcard tickets are all available on the key.

Our Metrorider tickets are split into 3 zones:

  • Crawley
  • Horsham
  • Redhill & Reigate

within those zones you can use the buses as many times as you want.

The Metrovoyager ticket is valid on all our services as many times as you want for the period purchased.

If you aren't sure which Metrorider zone is applicable to you, please view the zone map below:

View the Metrorider & Metrovoyager zone map

How much are tickets on the key?

Crawley Metrorider key fares can be viewed here

Horsham Metrorider key fares can be viewed here

Redhill & Reigate Metrorider key fares can be viewed here

Metrovoyager key fares can be viewed here

Gatwick Travelcard fares can be viewed here

Horsham Park & Ride fares can be viewed here

How do you use the key?

When you board the bus, just place your key card on the ticket machine reader and wait for the green light, then take your seat. 

How do you get a key card?

You can register online here if you are an adult and we will post it out to you. You can also register for a key card at our travel shops at Crawley Bus Station, Redhill Bus Station or Gatwick South Terminal. 

Children and Gatwick Travelcard holders will need to register at our Travel Shops at Crawley Bus Station, Redhill Bus Station or Gatwick South Terminal.  You will need relevant ID for a Child or Gatwick Travelcard

Students will need to register at Crawley Bus Station Travel Shop, with relevant ID.  


Once you have your key card you can purchase online - it is slightly cheaper to buy your ticket online than at our travel shops.

Other info

When you buy your ticket online, your new ticket will be available to use on the bus within 5 hours

When buying online you can also pay via PayPal.

You can top up your key card at our travel shops in Crawley and Redhill Bus Stations and at Gatwick South Terminal. If you buy tickets at the travel shops then they are ready to use immediately.

Your ticket doesn't start until you first use it, so you don't need to worry about start dates (except annuals), and you can have multiple tickets on your card at once.

Check out our FAQ's for further details