Tshwane Bus connector cards

As of 1st May 2017, Tshwane Bus Service has changed its fare collection service and replaced the paper-based ticket system with an electronic system and here’s how it works.

You would have to purchase a connector card at selected outlets as of current the outlets are located at:

What will you need?

  • Your Identity Document
  • R25 as of 2019 to purchase the card
  • Scholar documentation if you are a scholar and would like to get a concession (Anything to prove that you are a student)
  • Any amount you would like to load into the connector card (This provides credits and allows you to board the bus)

What to do once you get there?

The staff is usually friendly once you have reached the building assuming you will get your ticket at the Tshwane Bus Service customer centre, you would most probably be directed to the back of the building (faces Paul Kruger square statues) and there you will complete your registration as you fill in certain personal details, if you are a student or pensioner be sure to inform the people helping you that you are a student and would like a concession. Concessions are reduced travel rates for pensioners and students.

Next, you will go to the front of the building where you will collect your card, the process will go as follows… You will pick up your card, the teller will then attempt to get some of your details then hand you over your card.

The teller will then set up your card for you by activating it and allowing you to create a pin number, it is important to remember this pin number because you will need it whenever you need to load points on your card.

How to board the bus with your connector card

Pretty simple, just enter the bus and tap your card against the card reader located on the front of the bus till you see a green light surround the reader device with a charge or transfer message.

Getting off the bus is the same as boarding the bus in that you simply need to tap your card against the card reader until you see a checkout message and the charge amount.

An example of the bus card reader

Price fares for Tshwane Bus Service as of 2019- 2020

Tshwane Bus Service pricing works based on the kilometers you travel on the bus. As you can see below kilometers ranges are called fare bands and you pay based on the fare bands, upon entrance, you will be charged R8,00 thereafter for every other pass you climb within an hour and a half are considered as transfers and are free.

See Tshwane Bus Service pricing guide below:

Tshwane Bus fares 2019/2020
Fare BandDistance CoveredFare
Fare Band 10-3 KMR8,00
Fare Band 2 3-8 KMR9,50
Fare Band 38-14 KMR11,50
Fare Band 4 14-21 KM R13,50
Fare Band 521-29 KMR15,50
Fare Band 629-38 KMR17,50
Fare Band 7 38-48 KMR19,50
Fare Band 8 48-59 KMR21,50
Fare Band 9 29-17 KMR23,50

Connector points

Connector points are bonus points that you receive if you load your card with R80 or more.

If you have any more questions, please ask them in the comment section.


Hlawulani · November 8, 2020 at 8:13 pm

this was very helpful. thank you

Nokulindwa · November 20, 2020 at 1:01 pm

Can i buy a monthly card?and where do i buy the card?

Zandile · December 11, 2020 at 5:10 am


I forgot my PIN, how can i recover it?

    admin · January 30, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Hello. You’d have to go to any of the walk-in centers and ask for your pin to be changed…

Phindile · January 12, 2021 at 3:46 pm

Do you forfeit points when you get into the new year while you still have points in your cards

    admin · January 30, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    No. Your points still remain intact.

Siyamthanda · January 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

Do your buses depart from Montana to menlyn?

    admin · January 30, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Hey there, you’d have to ride from Montana to Town then from Town to Montana, or vice versa. As of today, there is no direct route from Montana to Menlyn

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