Travel safer with Smartcard Season Tickets

Travel contactless as often as you like and save money with 7-day, monthly and annual Season tickets. 

  1. Buy your season ticket on our app or website
  2. Load tickets on your TfW Smartcard by tapping on a station Smartcard reader or your smartphone
  3. You're good to go! 

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How does a Smartcard work

1. Buy your Tickets

  • You can purchase tickets, online, at any of our self-service ticket machines and at most booking offices.
  • If you've bought your ticket online via our website or app, simply select Smartcard as your delivery type
    • Weeklies, Monthlies and Annuals are available on the following routes:

      • Route Available on Smartcard from
        Cardiff* - Penarth 1 Apr 2019
        Chester  - Shrewsbury 1 Apr 2019
        Cardiff* - Rhymney 1 Sep 2019
        Cardiff* - Barry Island 1 Sep 2019
        Cardiff* - Swansea 1 Sep 2019
        Cardiff* - Aberdare 1 Nov 2019
        Cardiff* - Treherbert 1 Nov 2019
        Cardiff* - Ebbw Vale Parkway 1 Jan 2020
        Cardiff* - Maesteg 1 Jan 2020
        Cardiff* - Cardiff Bay 1 Jan 2020
        Cardiff* - Merthyr Tydfil 1 Jan 2020
        Cardiff* - Swansea** / Severn Tunnel Junction 1 Jan 2020
        Cardiff* - Bridgend (via Barry) 1 Jan 2020
        City Line (Coryton - Radyr) 1 Jan 2020
        Cardiff* - Shrewsbury 1 Jun 2020
        Swansea - Carmarthen 1 Jun 2020
        Shrewsbury - Manchester Piccadilly 1 Jun 2020
        Carmarthen - West Wales 1 Jun 2020
        Chester - Holyhead 1 Jun 2020
        Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury 1 Jun 2020
        Lydney 1 Jun 2020

        * Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street
        **7 Day first Class also available

2. Load your Tickets

  • If you purchase from any of our ticket machines, load your ticket onto your card when prompted - Select smartcard from the home screen and hold card against the card reader
  • Ticket Offices – Smartcard is placed on the reader and ticket is loaded when the card is read
  • Your ticket will be available to load onto your smart card, which will grant you access to the gate
  • ​​If Season tickets are ordered via the Website, they can be loaded onto a smartcard using our app when connected to WiFi
    • How to load a smartcard using your phone

      • 1) Switch on NFC.
      • 2) Log into TfW App and click on the home icon.
      • 3) Click on smart icon.
      • Smart icon
      • 4) Screen requests that you present your smartcard.
      • Present Smartcard
  • Season tickets ordered via the Website can also be loaded onto a smartcard at the Origin Location and from the following devices (where available)
  • Gates – Hold smartcard against yellow card reader
  • Station Smartcard reader – Installed during 2020
    Platform Validators


3. Tap and Go

  • Your Smartcard is now ready to use. Just present your Smartcard to the reader at the ticket gates, and tap out at the gates when exiting the station at your destination. You'll also need to present your card for inspection when the conductor comes round.

Transport for Wales Smartcard front view







Why Choose a Smartcard

  • Faster travel - Speed through the station. Simply buy your ticket at one of our ticket vending machines and tap in and out at stations.
  • Tough and reliable - Say goodbye to damaged paper tickets and ticket gate hold-ups. Everything’s loaded onto your durable Smartcard.
  • Peace of mind - Lost your Smartcard? Call our team on 03333 211 202. We’ll cancel your card and order a new one for you. We’ll also refund the outstanding balance on any season tickets you’ve uploaded to your Smartcard. You can then begin allocating new tickets to your replacement card when it arrives.
  • It's free to try - The TfW Smartcard is completely free! Get yours here

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