Contactless Payment FAQs

Contactless payment is now available on all Hallmark buses across our network. See our Frequently Asked Questions below to help guide you through your Contactless purchase with us.

Q - How does contactless work?
A - Contactless is a quick, easy and secure way to pay for your bus travel. Contactless payments can be made for any ticket purchase up to the value of £30. Instead of paying with cash, you can pay contactless by placing your card on the blue contactless reader.

Simply ask the driver for the ticket(s) you require and let them know you wish to pay contactless, wait for the driver to select this on the ticket machine then present your card to the reader for payment.

Q - Which tickets can I buy with contactless?
A - You can buy any tickets such as single, return, day, week or month tickets up to the value of £30. 

Q - Can I use my contactless card to purchase more than one ticket?
A - Yes. You can buy multiple tickets up to the value of £30 in one transaction.

Q – Will I still get a ticket if I pay with contactless? 
A - Yes. Tickets will still be issued which you should retain for your journey. This will also be your payment receipt. 

Q - Which contactless cards can I use?
A – We accept Visa and MasterCard Contactless cards. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to accept payments by American Express or Maestro. 

Q - Can I use a card not issued in the UK? 
A - Yes, all Visa and MasterCard Contactless cards are accepted on our buses. However we are unable to accept prepaid currency cards.

Q - Can I use any contactless payment device other than a credit or debit card?
A - Yes, we also accept payment by Apple Pay and Android Pay on your smartphone. 

Q - How close do I have to be to the contactless reader?
A - You can place your card on or just above the reader.

Q - What happens if I present more than one card to the reader at the same time?
A - If the machine detects more than one card it will beep and a transaction declined message will be displayed. Please separate your cards and try again.

Q - Will I ever need to input my PIN?
A - No, contactless payment on our buses is done via the blue card reader only and you will not need to enter your PIN. 

Q - How do I know if my payment has gone through?
A - When a successful payment is made the ticket machine will beep, the driver will see a successful transaction on their screen and issue your ticket(s). If your payment is unsuccessful the machine will buzz and the driver will see your payment has been unsuccessful, but will not know the reason for this.

Q - What if my payment does not work? 
A - There are a few reasons why a card may not work. Unfortunately, we will not always know the reason for a card not being accepted. Some of the reasons why a card may not work include:

  • Your Card is outside of the validity dates i.e. expired
  • Your Card is not a contactless card (look for the contactless logo)
  • Your Card type is not accepted e.g. Maestro American Express
  • Your Card is being presented for a payment over £30
  • Your card hasn't been approved by the bank for the transaction
  • You haven’t used your card as a chip and pin before
  • Your mobile device has not been set up correctly to use Apple Pay or Android Pay or you are not using the Apps to support the payment properly.

If you expect your card to work and it doesn’t, please contact your bank for advice.

If your card is rejected for any reason our driver will ask you to try another card or pay using cash.

Q - I have bought the wrong ticket - can I get a refund? 
A – The driver is able to annul the incorrect ticket you have purchased immediately on the ticket machine, however the refund will be processed through our head office and may take a few days to be refunded back to your payment card. Our drivers are not able to refund a card payment back onto the card or by cash. If you have any queries about your payment, please contact our customer services team.