The Key is a smartcard that makes paying for travel on Brighton & Hove bus services in Sussex and Kent a whole lot simpler.
To purchase your key online or login to your account please go to smartbuses.co.uk
If you top up online your new ticket can take up to 5 hours from the purchase time to be available to use on the bus. This excludes both Annual and Pay Monthly tickets as these require a predetermined start date of at least 48 hours after the date of buying a product.
Adult online key card prices from 2nd May 2023 are below.
Valid in area from Shoreham, Patcham, Falmer and Saltdean. (Boundaries are Old Shoreham Red Lion, Dyke Road Avenue/Tongdean Lane (77), Patcham Black Lion, Ditchling Road/Wild Park (79), Falmer Village, Saltdean Bannings Vale). See in map form here. Not valid on City Sightseeing or night buses.
citySAVERs can be used on some other bus companies services, see full listing
networkSAVERs can be used on some other bus companies services, see full listing.
Multi trip tickets - 10, 20 or 30 single journeys in one ticket If you don't travel often enough to use one of our existing period SAVERs, then the multi trip ticket can offer you savings on your bus travel with the added flexibility of when to use them.They are available in the Brighton & Hove citySAVER area and you can use them on night buses too. The more you purchase the bigger the discount. They are valid for a year and a maximum of 50 can be held on the card.
The above prices are for when buying online, if buying from our 1 Stop Travel Shop or Conway Street the prices will be higher as shown here.
Affordable Annual Pass (Adults): for the best deal, we've partnered with Wave Community Bank to offer their members an annual ticket loan that spreads the payments over a year and offers an extra 20% discount.
For details of PLUSBUS bus and rail tickets on the key.
Keep cards separate to bank cards
Ticket machines are programmed to accept a variety of cards and passes. We recommend storing credit and debit cards separate to smart cards, concessionary passes and mobile tickets to avoid accidently paying with the token. On the rare occasion that a credit or debit card is accidently scanned instead of a pass or mobile ticket, please contact customer services who will issue a full refund.
Customers may experience an issue when attempting to purchase a ticket on a mobile device using a Safari or Samsung internet browser. We recommend using a laptop or a computer to purchase tickets where possible. Alternatively, please download the Microsoft Edge browser which is free on both the App and Google Play stores.