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How to buy tickets

Ticket machines


Bus tickets

On board

  • Pay the bus driver with cash for single, return and some saver tickets and 'smart' travelcards. Try and have the right amount, although the driver will usually be able to give you change.

Online

  • Buy many types of saver tickets that give you several journeys in a day, or season tickets on bus company websites like Arriva, First Bus or Stagecoach.

Smartphone and mobile device apps

  • Use some bus company apps to buy saver tickets that give you several journeys in a day, or 7-day, 28-day or annual season tickets.

  • Bus company apps include: Arriva Buses and First Buses.

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, 28-day, or annual travel, Metrolink tram season tickets, and Wayfarer tickets.
  • Find a PayPoint location.

Metrolink tickets

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.

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 7-day, 28-day and annual season tickets for Metrolink trams. You'll be able to buy tickets for other types of journeys like this in the future.

  • Find out more and download the app at getmethere.co.uk.

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, 28-day, or annual 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, travel vouchers, or company cheque (some train companies only: please check first).

  • Ticket machine: Pay by cash, 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, card or voucher.

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, 28-day, or annual travel, Metrolink tram season tickets, and Wayfarer tickets.

  • Find a PayPoint location.

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