Over the past few years, bus users will have noticed an increasingly wide range of bus tickets available, including an almost bewildering selection of tickets which offer unlimited travel on certain routes or within certain zones. This was followed by a new system, introduced by Go North East, offering passengers the option to ‘top-up’ a new smartcard online called The Key.
Go North East’s latest innovation, however, can turn your smartphone into your bus ticket. Go North East M-Tickets, a free app introduced earlier this year, is available from the iPhone App Store and from Google Play for Android devices. It allows you to purchase tickets through the app using a debit card and you can then simply show the bus driver the ‘M-Ticket’ on your phone screen.
On Android devices, the app works very smoothly, for the most part has a friendly user interface – although it did take me a moment to find where the ‘stored tickets’ were – and does indeed offer the full range of 1 and 7 day tickets. It’s a very efficient system – giving users the option of buying tickets and storing them on the app, and only activating them when needed.
The app is limited only by your phone’s own battery life, so if you’re confident that you won’t run out of power between the office and your bus stop, then this app is certainly worth giving a go if you are a regular bus user.