How to use Swift

There are a number of convenient ways that you can purchase your first Swift card.

  • Online
    Find and buy all of the Swift tickets using our Ticket Finder

  • Travel Centres
    For face to face advice on your travel requirements, visit one of our Travel Centres

  • Payzone
    At a Payzone Outlet, you are able to purchase a Swift PAYG, Multi-Day cards and renew Swift Season Tickets

  • Swift Kiosk
    Available at Wolverhampton Bus Station, the Swift Kiosk can print Swift PAYG cards and Swift Season Tickets.

If you are between the ages of 16-18 and looking to purchase a Child ticket you will first need to apply for your 16-18 card, once you have received this, you will be able to use the unique card number to apply for the Child ticket.

Swift season tickets, PAYG, Multiday and E-Daysavers can be used on most bus operators, who usually offer a reduced fare compared to using cash. Visit our operator's page for more information on

When boarding the bus place your Swift card on the reader and show any travel discount card to the driver. You will also need to present your Swift card if asked by a conductor.

Only Swift season tickets can be used on rail.

You will need to present your Swift photocard, and any accompanying travel discount card when asked by a conductor.

At some rail stations, you will also need to place your Swift card on the rail gate reader when entering or leaving and move through the turnstile when the green light shows. 

Swift season tickets and PAYG can be used on the tram.

You will need to present your Swift card, and any accompanying travel discount card when asked by a conductor.

Save with Swift at Sutton Coldfield rail station. 

Customers can now use their Swift PAYG credit to pay for parking. No more looking for change, plus you will save 10p off the cash price.

On entering the car park, place your card on the car park attendant's card reader and the fee will automatically be deducted from your credit. 


The ticket you load to your Swift card or buy with your credit will depend where you need to travel. You can view area maps here to show the different travel zones for the bus and train, or use our ticket finder to search for the right ticket for your journey. 

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