The Swift card

There are 3 types of Swift card - each with a different design. Season tickets have a photo, Pay As You Go cards do not have a photo, and e-Daysaver cards have the National Express logo on them.

Season Tickets

Buy weekly, monthly or annual tickets for travel on the bus and Metro, and monthly Direct Debit tickets for bus, train and tram.


Photo Card

Pay As You Go

The cashless way to buy day tickets and single fares on the bus and tram.



Non Photo Card


Load 5, 10 or 15 National Express bus day tickets.  



E Daysaver Card 227X146

Tell us what you think

What our customers think about our service is important to us, that's why we’ve partnered with the Institute of Customer Service.


We are participating in their national survey (The UK Customer Satisfaction Index) and would like to hear about your experience when buying and topping up your Swift card.

We will use your feedback to improve the service we provide in the future so if you can spare a few minutes to complete this independent survey we would appreciate it.


Take the survey >


Easy to use

Travelling on the bus

Hold your card on the card reader. For a season ticket, just wait for the green light or beep. For a Pay As You Go card, tell the driver which ticket you'd like, and wait for your ticket.

Swift On Bus


Travelling on Midland Metro

Hand your Swift card to the conductor who will scan your card for you.




Swift On Tram



Travelling on the train

Hand your card to the conductor who will scan your card for you. When you get to the rail gate, present your card to the yellow card reader, which will open the gate. 


Swift On Rail

More about Swift coming to train. 

See Swift in action

Watch this animation to see Swift in action on the bus and tram.


Using the Swift card >

Simply brilliant

Swift is a transport smart card which links bus, train and tram travel across the West Midlands. It can store cash, season tickets and brand new types of travel products. 

And it keeps getting smarter

At the moment, only N Icon - Smallnetwork Direct Debit customers can use their Swift card on the train, however we're working hard to make this more widely available.


More convenience

Manage everything online and keep track of your spending.



Login or Register


More savings

Pay less for tickets and journeys on certain routes.



Find and Buy


More security

Lost cards can be blocked and replaced quickly and easily.


Online Account


More ways to pay

Top-up and buy online 24/7, or at Travel Centres and Payzone outlets.



Your Swift account

Watch this animation with subtitles


To get the most out of Swift you’ll need an online account so you can manage your travel 24/7 from anywhere.


If you bought your Swift card online you’ll already have a Swift account. But if you bought it somewhere else, you can register for an account today and you can also add a new card to an existing Swift account.


Your account also gives you lots of benefits, including extra security for your Swift card as replacement cards can only be issued to cards registered to a Swift account.

(A Swift account is not available with an e-Daysaver card.)

2 for 1 at National SEA LIFE Centre

Throughout 2016 your Swift card can take you even further.


Book online with code SWIFT16 or show your Swift card at reception to receive 2 for 1 entry into the National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham.


Offer valid from 1st January to 31st December 2016. Book at


Click for terms and conditions.




2016 Sealife Image