Hopper Fare coming To London Buses
Starting from Monday (12th September), London bus users with a single ticket will now be able to change onto another bus or tram for free, within an hour of starting their journey. The new Hopper bus fare will be an automatic change for anyone using Oyster or contactless cards, there is no setting up needed. The price of a single bus ticket in London won’t change from £1.50 and the new fare will mean being able to travel further without the need to buy additional tickets.
The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said the new fare option will save millions of passengers money every year. The Hopper was one of his main manifesto pledges. The new fare will automatically be given to anyone who uses pay as you go with Oyster cards or contactless payments, and will allow passengers to make a second bus journey for free within one hour of touching in on the first bus. For the vast majority of passengers this will mean an end to having to pay two bus fares when changing bus routes, and it is expected to particularly benefit Londoners on lower incomes who rely more heavily on the bus network to get around. In 2018, possibly sooner, passengers will be able to make unlimited bus transfers within one hour after TfL has upgraded its ticketing technology. Mayor Sadiq Khan said: 'My dad drove the number 44 bus, and transport in London has always been a big part of my life. 'The cost of a fare in London has risen for eight years in a row and now that I'm Mayor I am determined to prevent the cost of travel from becoming a barrier to work. 'The Hopper fare will make life cheaper and easier for millions of Londoners, and will help ensure that everyone will be able to afford to travel around the city. 'It is just the start of my plan to ensure that travelling around London is affordable for everyone, a commitment that includes a freeze on TfL fares for four years - benefiting millions of people.'