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Swift pay as you go

A Swift card is a smartcard for public transport in the West Midlands

You can use a pay-as-you-go Swift card instead of cash. Top it up with credit and pay for:

  • bus tickets
  • tram tickets
  • car parking

Swift pay as you go cards are good if you do not use public transport every day. They do not have a photo on them. This means you can share your card with other people.

If you do not know what ticket you need, Swift Go might be better for you. Instead of buying a ticket upfront, you can make as many journeys as you like.

At the end of the day, we’ll check what journeys you made. We’ll then work out the best value by capping the cost when you hit your 1 day, 3-day, or 7-day cap.

You can get Swift Go on an adult photocard. You cannot share it with anyone else.

Find out about Swift Go.

If you travel frequently, a season ticket could be the best value for you. Use our ticket finder to check prices.

Get a Swift pay as you go card

You can order a Swift pay as you go card online. You’ll set up an account when you order. You’ll get your card within 5 working days days.

If you need a card more quickly, you can buy in person from a:

If you’re a member of a WV Active gym, you can use your membership card as a pay as you go Swift card. This is the card you get from the gym when you join.

Top up your Swift card

You can top up your Swift card with anything from £10 to £50.

You can also set up automatic top-ups if your balance drops below a certain amount.

Use your pay as you go Swift card

You can use your pay as you go Swift card on the bus or tram.

You cannot use Swift pay as you go on the train.

If you have a concessionary pass

A concessionary pass is a travel pass. It gets you free off-peak bus, train and tram travel in the West Midlands. You have a concessionary pass if you have either:

You can use your travel pass as a pay-as-you-go card. This means you can use it to pay for:

  • travel before 9.30 am
  • parking

To use your travel pass as a pay-as-you-go card, you need to either: