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Contactless payments on buses in Bathurst and Dubbo

Bus passengers in Bathurst and Dubbo are now able to pay their fare on select bus services by tapping their credit or debit card or digital wallet on a contactless card reader when boarding. 

How it works

Contactless is a simple and secure way for you to pay for your regional bus ride, without the need to handle cash. You can tap to pay for your fare using your contactless credit or debit card or a digital wallet. The driver will then issue you with a bus ticket. 


The fares paid with a contactless payment method are the same as the bus ticket price, which varies based on the time and location of travel. Adult fares apply.

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Which services accept contactless payments?

The contactless payment trial is available on all 52X routes in Bathurst as part of a trial.

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The contactless payment trial is available on all 57X routes in Dubbo as part of a trial.

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Accepted contactless payments

Contactless card (credit/debit card)

  • If your bank card shows the contactless symbol  you can use it to pay for your travel.
  • We accept American Express (AMEX), Mastercard and Visa credit or debit cards.
  • If you're unsure whether your card is contactless-enabled, check with your card issuer.
  • The Regional Seniors Travel Card is also accepted.

Digital wallet (Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Samsung Pay)

  • Digital wallet (Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Samsung Pay) also accepted.
  • Add a payment card to your digital wallet on your phone, watch or other device before you travel.

Check your contactless activity

Regional bus customers can view their last 10 trips.

Frequently asked questions

No, a Transport account will not be required or available in this trial.

No, you will not be able to pay your fare using an Opal card.  

You can use a contactless payment when boarding to buy your ticket. Tapping off is not required for regional bus tickets.

The payment may have been declined due to insufficient funds in your account. Please check your balance or try using a different card to pay. 

Every time you use your card, an authorisation check is done to verify the card. $1 is held by your financial institution and refunded to your card once your details have been verified. It may take up to 7 days for this to be reflected in your statement, depending upon your financial institution. 

An Opal account will not be required or available in this trial. A Transport Connect account is also not required to view their travel history in this trial.

A $1 pending transaction may appear on a customer’s statement or device for each trip taken. When fares are settled by their bank (processing times may vary), any pending transactions will be replaced with individual charges for each trip taken.

Transport for NSW processes payments at 4am the day after travel has taken place so customers may see delayed transactions or fare adjustments on their statement up to seven business days after they travelled.

Yes, you can request a refund from the bus driver within five minutes of payment. After five minutes, you will need a physical copy of the ticket and contact the bus operator’s customer service team using their contact number.

Bathurst Buslines: 02 6331 2744 or
Dubbo Buslines: 02 6882 2900 or

When you pay your fare using a contactless card or device, the contactless reader applies a series of safety protocols including end-to-end encryption, to ensure the payments are processed in line with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS).

If the card or device is still not recognised, this means there is an issue with the card you are trying to pay with. The contactless reader will display a ‘Card Not Valid’ message with an error number.
Below is a list of error numbers and an explanation of what they mean:

84: The card has expired.
87: The card is old and does not have the features to support contactless payments for transport.
88: The card has insufficient funds, or has been reported lost or stolen. Outstanding fares for any prior travel also need to be settled before the same card or device can be used again to travel.
89: You are trying to use a pre-paid card or your credit or debit card may not be accepted in the regional contactless payment solution.
91: You are either using a card other than Amex, Mastercard or Visa, or you are using a card that is not contactless enabled.