Government-supported fare cap on single bus tickets

From 1 January 2023, over 130 bus operators across the country will introduce a £2 fare cap on single tickets. The cap will remain in place until 31 March 2023. The scheme is part of an initiative funded by the Government aimed at boosting bus use while helping passengers to save money as the cost of living crisis continues to bite, fuelled in part by high petrol and diesel prices. To read more about the Government scheme:

The following bus operators in Somerset have confirmed that they will definitely be taking part in the £2 fare cap scheme:

  • Dartline
  • Faresaver Buses
  • First South West (Buses of Somerset)
  • First West of England
  • Hatch Green Coaches
  • South West Coaches

As well as the above, the Wiltshire cross border Service 47 Frome-Westbury, Service 53 Frome-Warminster, and Service X69 Frome-Bradford-on-Avon-Melksham operated by FromeBus are also covered by the £2 fare cap along their entire routes. However, please note that at this stage, Services 47, 53 and X69 are the ONLY FromeBus services confirmed as being covered by the £2 fare cap along their Somerset route sections.

Local Bus Services included in the £2 fare cap:

Route No and service description Operator

1 Yeovil – Shepton Mallet   South West Coaches

1 Oakhill – Bruton     South West Coaches

5 Yeovil – Dorchester           South West Coaches

6 Bridport – Crewkerne – Yeovil     Buses of Somerset

10 Porlock – Minehead       Buses of Somerset

10C Stanchester Sch – Taunton   Hatch Green Coaches

11 Yeovil Town Service      South West Coaches

14 Bridgwater – Cannington – Nether Stowey     Buses of Somerset

15 Minehead – Bridgwater College           Buses of Somerset

16 Huish Episcopi – Bridgwater     Hatch Green Coaches

19 Bridgwater – Street         Hatch Green Coaches

20 Burnham – Brean – Weston       First West of England

20 Seaton – Wellington – Taunton Dartline

21 Rooksbridge – Bridgwater College      Buses of Somerset

21/21A Burnham – Bridgwater – Taunton Buses of Somerset

22/22A Taunton – Rockwell Green/Tonedale     Buses of Somerset

23/23B Williton – Taunton   Hatch Green Coaches

25 Taunton – Wiveliscombe – Dulverton Buses of Somerset

28 Minehead  – Taunton     Buses of Somerset

29 Glastonbury – Taunton  Buses of Somerset

30 Taunton – Ilminster – Chard – Axminster         Buses of Somerset

47 Frome – Westbury     FromeBus

51 Abbey Manor Park – Yeovil – Cavalier Way    Buses of Somerset

51 Stoke St. Gregory – Taunton    Hatch Green Coaches

52 Martock – Yeovil South West Coaches

53 Frome – Warminster       FromeBus

54 Taunton – Langport – Somerton           Buses of Somerset

55 Taunton – Strode College         Buses of Somerset

58/58A Yeovil – Henstridge – Wincanton Buses of Somerset

75 Bridgwater – Glastonbury/Wells           Buses of Somerset

77 Yeovil – Wells      Buses of Somerset

81 South Petherton – Yeovil           South West Coaches

96 Yeovil – Chard – Taunton          South West Coaches

98 Broadway – Taunton      Hatch Green Coaches

99 Taunton – Chard Buses of Somerset

173 Wells – Chilcompton – Bath     First West of England

174 Wells – Shepton Mallet – Bath First West of England

376 Street – Glastonbury – Wells – Bristol First West of England

387 Sidmouth – Churchingford – Trull – Taunton Dartline

398 Tiverton – Dulverton     Dartline

613 Bishops Lydeard – Bridgwater College         Hatch Green Coaches

624 Chard – Bridgwater College    Hatch Green Coaches

623 Rockwell Green – Wellington – Bridgwater College Buses of Somerset

625 Taunton – Cannington College          Buses of Somerset

646 Charlton Horethorne – Strode College         South West Coaches

647 Gillingham – Strode College   South West Coaches

652 Odcombe – Strode College    South West Coaches

667 Wincanton – Street       South West Coaches

B1 Penlea Estate – Bridgwater – Sydenham Estate       Buses of Somerset

D2 Bath – Norton St. Phillip – Frome         First West of England

PR1 Taunton Park & Ride  Buses of Somerset

X10 Yeovil – Sherborne – Stalbridge – Blandford Buses of Somerset

X34 Chippenham – Melksham – Trowbridge – Frome     Faresaver Buses

X47 Frome – Trowbridge     Faresaver Buses

X69 Frome – Bradford-on-Avon – Melksham       FromeBus

Exmoor Coaster       Buses of Somerset


Bus services operating in Taunton are also subject to the £1 fare scheme for journeys made wholly in the Taunton Town Fare Zone.

The following bus services operate wholly within the Taunton Town £1 fare zone:

1 Taunton – Priorswood      Buses of Somerset

2 Taunton – Priorswood      Buses of Somerset

3 Bishops Hull – Taunton – Hudson Way Somerset County Council

4 Taunton – Lane Estate     Buses of Somerset

6 Taunton – Holway Buses of Somerset

7 Taunton – Galmington     Buses of Somerset

12 Taunton – Monkton Heathfield Somerset County Council

97 Canonsgrove – Trull – Taunton Hatch Green Coaches

PR1 Taunton Park & Ride  Buses of Somerset

Other routes may be added to the above list during the period that the £2 fare cap is in force, and we will do our best to inform you promptly if and when that happens. For example, we are awaiting confirmation of whether some additional cross border services with other Local Transport Authorities can be included in the £2 fare cap.

For more information:

This scheme is undoubtedly one of our best upcoming opportunities to encourage more people to use the bus, so we would be very grateful indeed if you could do all you can to let people in your community area know about the £2 fare cap.