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How to buy a ticket

Ticket machines


Bus tickets

On board

  • Pay the bus driver for single, return and some saver tickets and 'smart' travelcards, including System One tickets to use on a combination of buses, trams and trains.
  • If paying with cash, try and have the right amount, although the driver will usually be able to give you change. You can now pay with contactless cards and devices on many buses, but you should check bus company websites before travelling, like Arriva, Diamond, First Bus and Stagecoach.

Online

Smartphone and mobile device apps

TfGM Travelshops

  • Buy from a wide range of tickets for buses, trains and trams, including tickets for students and young people. You’ll find System One travelcards for all-day, weekend, 7-day, 28-day, or annual travel, Metrolink tram season tickets, Wayfarer tickets, and National Express coach tickets.

  • Find a Travelshop.

PayPoint

  • Hundreds of local shops, convenience stores, newsagents and petrol stations in Greater Manchester are PayPoint outlets, displaying the PayPoint sign. You can pay for lots of things here, including travel tickets.
  • Buy from a wide range of tickets for buses, trains and trams, including System One travelcards for all-day, weekend, 7-day or 28-day travel, Metrolink tram season tickets, and Wayfarer tickets.
  • Find a PayPoint location.


Metrolink tickets

Contactless pay as you go

  • You can travel by tram with contactless cards and devices, using the smart readers on stops to pay for journeys as you go. We’ll work out the adult single or travelcard prices for your day’s journeys, up to a daily cap.

  • Find out more about travelling with contactless

Smartphone and mobile device apps

  • There's no need to buy a printed ticket, just use your phone or tablet.

  • Use the Greater Manchester app, get me there, to buy all-day and weekend travelcards, and single, return, 7-day, and 28-day tickets for Metrolink trams.

  • Find out more and download the app at getmethere.com

Online

  • You can buy a range of tickets and travelcards online and store them on a smart card.
  • Using a get me there account is perfect if you want to buy a day ticket or season ticket in advance using a computer, tablet or smartphone. You can buy a ticket up to 7 days in advance and your ticket will be available from the day after you buy it. Just use a smart reader at a tram stop to collect it.
  • When you create your account, you can request a get me there card or link another compatible smart card you already have.

At a tram stop ticket machine

  • Pay by cash (change given) or by credit or debit card (including contactless), for all kinds of tram tickets: from single day trips to annual season tickets.

TfGM Travelshops

  • Buy from a wide range of tickets for buses, trains and trams, including System One travelcards for all-day, weekend, 7-day, 28-day, or annual travel, Metrolink tram season tickets, Wayfarer tickets, and National Express coach tickets.

  • Find a Travelshop.

Paypoint

  • Hundreds of local shops, convenience stores, newsagents and petrol stations in Greater Manchester are Paypoint outlets, displaying the Paypoint sign. You can pay for lots of things here, including travel tickets.

  • Buy from a wide range of tickets for buses, trains and trams, including System One travelcards for all-day, weekend, 7-day or 28-day travel, Metrolink tram season tickets, and Wayfarer tickets.

  • Find a PayPoint location.

Please note - You can not pay for a journey on the tram. You must have a ticket before you get on.


Train tickets

At a rail station

  • Ticket office: Pay by cash, card, or company cheque (some train companies only: please check first).

  • Ticket machine: Pay by cash (not available at some stations), card or pick up tickets you have paid for online (using the same debit or credit card).

On the train

  • If you can't buy a ticket at the station, you can pay for most tickets on the train by cash or card.

Online

  • Buy individual rail journey tickets, season tickets and combined tickets on rail company websites. Select your ticket on the National Rail journey planner, then follow the links to buy online.

TfGM Travelshops

  • Buy from a wide range of tickets for buses, trains and trams, including System One travelcards for all-day, weekend, 7-day, 28-day, or annual travel, Metrolink tram season tickets, Wayfarer tickets, and National Express coach tickets.

  • Find a Travelshop.

Paypoint

  • Hundreds of local shops, convenience stores, newsagents and petrol stations in Greater Manchester are PayPoint outlets, displaying the PayPoint sign. You can pay for lots of things here, including travel tickets.

  • Buy from a wide range of tickets for buses, trains and trams, including System One travelcards for all-day, weekend, 7-day or 28-day travel, annual travel, Metrolink tram season tickets, and Wayfarer tickets.

  • Find a PayPoint location.

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