The Key

Important notice for key card users:

We are aware of a problem whereby customers are experiencing 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.

The key is our electronic 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

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 14 January 2020

For student prices click here and for young people prices click here.


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.

1 day £4.70
7 days £21.60
28 days £79.50
Pay Monthly (Continuous payment until you cancel) £77
90 days £208
12 months £669


Valid on all Brighton & Hove buses except City Sightseeing. Valid on Night buses. See in map form here. networkSAVERs can be used on some other bus companies services, see full listing.

1 day £5.20
7 days £23.60
28 days £86
Pay Monthly (Continuous payment until you cancel) £82
90 days £231
12 months £730

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 East Sussex Credit Union to offer their members an annual ticket loan that spreads the payments over a year and offers an extra 20% discount.

You can find out more here.

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 on when to use them.They are available in the Brighton & Hove citySAVER area (Shoreham - Patcham - Falmer - Saltdean) see map. You can use them on Night buses too.

These tickets allow you to purchase single journey tickets in bulk. The more you purchase the bigger the discount.

They remain valid for a year so you don't have to use them all up at once. A maximum of 50 can be held on the card.

10 single trips £24
20 single trips £46.50
30 single trips £62

Key Benefits

With a key card you can also get discounts with other retailers - City Car Club, Amsterdammers, Donatello's, Pinocchio's, Street Thai, Bowlplex and Spa Valley Railway. Click for details.


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. This happens very rarely 

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.