Plan a journey, buy a great value mobile ticket (mTicket) or check when your bus is due with
live updates – you can do all this and more with the First Bus App making bus travel even

With our door to door route planner, you can check your quickest way to work or plan a new adventure. Much like a typical bus timetable app, you can enter your starting point and destination to view your route options and we’ll show you which of our bus services can get you there. We even provide step-by-step instructions to make your journey hassle free.

You can buy your great value ticket on the First Bus App before you travel. With mTickets, there’s no need to carry cash or worry about having the right change. Plus, some of our tickets are cheaper on the app, so download it to ensure that you receive our best bus ticket prices.
As well as offering similar functionality to other mTicket apps, your payments are secure and there’s even a handy ‘buy again’ button with one-tap checkout, so it’s quick and easy to buy your ticket before you board. You can make a payment by card, apple Pay or PayPal.

The First Bus App is the best way to get live bus times and route information. You can save your favourite stops, stations and locations and revisit recently searched journeys. The map shows the bus stops and train stations nearby and links to live updates, so you can check when your bus is coming and head to your bus stop just before your bus is due.

The First Bus App for iOS also features:
- Tickets for Heathrow RailAir, Buses of Somerset, First Kernow and Bright Bus Tours
- Payments via Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Apple Pay
- The ability to gift tickets to a child, young person or student

What’s New

Version 4.6.0

We’re always working hard to improve the app, here’s our latest changes:
- New bus route screen, so you can see all the route stops, access timetable info and get to your tickets, all in one place!
- Giving the app a make-over with general visual improvements
- Small bug fixes and performance tweaks

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
46.7K Ratings

46.7K Ratings

paceypie ,

Great Update - vastly prefer this version

I use this app daily to get to work and university. Just select your destination and when you want to arrive/leave and it shows you numerous bus times and routes. You can search by route number if you want to see the stops and times for that service, so I'm not sure what other reviews are referring to when they say you can't see the timetable anymore?

I've only been recommended bus routes, even when standing next to a train station, so that's been great as well (I have a student bus pass as it's cheaper than a monthly train pass so I always travel by bus even if it means a longer journey than the train). I love the little feature where you can save your destinations with an icon and your favourite stops. This app is so much more useful now !

Scuttleclaws ,

Why have live times if they’re wrong?

So normally this app is fantastic. I could rely on it to plan my time and make sure I don’t miss the bus; until this evening...
I prefer using the live trackers (that show up in green) as they’re more accurate than the general timetable. Today I was walking to a stop, where the live tracker on the app claimed my bus would be due in two minutes. It was a stop they do sometimes wait longer at to stick to the timetable so I assumed it might already be there. However what I didn’t assume is that it would turn out of the bus stop and away as I was walking towards it!!
I checked the timetable again and surely enough, for that stop it still claimed the bus should have been there another two minutes before setting off. If it had said “due” I would have made more effort to get there in time, but it didn’t and so I missed it. The bus left before the time state on the live tracker. I feel like this is more down to app error than driver error; if they are waiting at stops and about to leave surely they are “due”, not still two minutes away from leaving? Massive letdown of a usually very reliable app.

Ben006 ,


So so so slow, literally waiting 10 seconds to load a new screen, will tell me I have no internet connection even though I can go on to stream a HD video no problem. Doesn’t use my location properly tells me a near station is Leeds, I’m in South Wales, again I can go to Maps and it finds my location perfectly every time. I’m in a good 4G area what’s the problem? I go to buy my monthly pass and after about 5 minutes just trying to put it into the basket I put in my CV2 and it completes but doesn’t add it to my purchased tickets so I have to go through the ordeal again, only to have to pay for a physical ticket as the 15minutes I had planned to buy my ticket before my bus apparently wasn’t enough. A notification reminder would be great to say your pass expires in the next day or something cos apparently you need to set aside hours of time and patience for this. I have a brand new iPhone X but same issues on my previous iPhone 6S. Also where’s the iPhone X update? I can’t believe this has so many positive reviews.

Developer Response ,


Thank you for getting in touch.

Reading your comments it would appear you are referring to our mTickets app rather than the First Bus Journey planner.

If you would like to send an email into with your account details we can assist with the issue you have encountered.


FirstGroup Plc
188.8 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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