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Smart cards to replace bus tickets by January 7

January 2, 2019 at 2:01pm

Conventional bus tickets will be discontinued by January 7, with smart cards taking their place, according to the Transport Ministry.

According to OSEL, the “Motion Bus Card” is available as a reloadable plastic pass at the size of a credit card or as multiple journey disposable single use paper-pass.

All Cypriot bus operators will participate in the “Motion Bus Card” scheme, which was funded by 85% (10 million euro) by E.U. funds.

There will be three different SmartCards:

1. Paper Smart Card – multiple trips – non rechargable: is issued on the bus loaded with a limited number of trips (4), with the respective amount payable to the driver. For cards loaded with larger number of trips (8, 10, 20, 40), visit the local Points of Sales.

It is available for people entitled to discounts, with the presentation of the relevant ID as a proof of evidence.

Maximum charge limits for Daily Title are automatically applied with the use of four one-way tickets.

Allows transfer within 90 minutes of the first cancellation without additional charge.

Single, One-Way, Tickets are valid all days and hours of service.

Is valid for all Districts in Cyprus (Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Famagusta area under the control of the Cyprus Republic), and is valid only for the service offered in the district that is purchased for.

No refund is given for non-use of Tickets.

2.Non Personalized Plastic Smart Card – rechargable: is issued at local points of sale for a fee of €2.00. It is not available for people entitled to discounts.

Can be charged with:

  • Period Tickets for 7-days or 30-days, valid from the date of the first cancellation, which must be within 6 months of the date of purchase.
    Period Tickets are valid all days and all hours of service.
    Each card can carry at the same time up to three period tickets from any of the public transport operators in Cyprus covering the districts of Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, Famagusta free area and Intercity travel.
  • E-Wallet – AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 2018 – maximum money held €50. Each cancellation removes a corresponding one-way amount. Allows up to 2 transfers within 90 minutes of the first cancellation without additional charge. Maximum charge limits for Daily, Weekly, and Monthly are not applicable with regular usage in non personalised plastic cards.

No money or tickets are refunded in case of loss, bad card or non-use. Such service is only available for the Registered Cards.

To convert the card to “REGISTERED”, visit the local Points of Sales. It is necessary that you present a proof of ID (National ID or Passport).

For “REGISTERED” cards, in the event of loss or malfunction of the card, the money or ticket types are returned to another smart card for an administration and card cost fee of € 5.00.

You may hold more than one non-Personalized Plastic Smart Card.

3.Personalized Plastic Smart Card – rechargable: is issued free of charge at local points of sale and it is also available for people entitled to discounts. It is necessary that you present a proof of ID (National ID or Passport), and where applicable proof of entitlement for discounts (ID for Pupil, University Student, Receiving Government Income Support, Pensioner etc). Your picture is taken and printed on the card.

Can be charged with:

  • Period Tickets for 7-days or 30-days and 365-days, valid from the date of the first cancellation, which must be within 6 months of the date of purchase.
    Period Tickets are valid all days and all hours of service.
    Each card can carry at the same time up to three period tickets from any of the public transport operators in Cyprus covering the districts of Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, Famagusta free area and Intercity travel.
  • E-Wallet – AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 2018 – maximum money held €50. Each cancellation removes a corresponding one-way amount. Allows up to 2 transfers within 90 minutes of the first cancellation without additional charge. Maximum charge limits for Daily, Weekly, and Monthly are not applicable with regular usage.
    In the event of a loss or malfunction of the card, the money or ticket types are returned to another smart card at a charge of € 5.00 to cover the administration costs.

No refund is given for non-use of Tickets.
You may hold only one Personalized Plastic Smart Card.

4.The One Way Paper Ticket will also be available.

It is issued on the bus, in customer’s presence, with the respective amount payable to the driver. Transfers are not allowed.

One Way Paper Tickets are valid for:

  • All days between: 04: 00-21: 00

Between: 21:01 – 03:59 an evening one way paper ticket is issued by the driver with an increased price.

For those entitled discounts, a corresponding reduced-price one way paper ticket is issued, with the presentation of the relevant ID as a proof of evidence.

During the transition period to the new system, until the end of September 2018, Daily Paper Tickets will be issued on the bus with the respective amount payable to the driver.

Download the leaflet of MOTION BUS CARD
Learn more about the MOTION BUS CARD at: www.motionbuscard.org.cy and http://www.osel.com.cy/tickets-en

CYPRUS BUS APPLICATION

The “Cyprus Bus” application by Motion is the official application of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works of Cyprus. It provides all the information related to the bus timetables in Cyprus. It is available for iOS and Android.

MOTION BUS CARD SALE POINTS

Motion Bus Card can be bought and toped up at the following OSEL sale points located in Nicosia:

1. Ticket office at Panteli Katelari Street(100m from Solomou Square)
22318120
2. Makario Stadium Bus Station
22351484
3. General Hospital Bus Station
22570061
4. Tamasos Bus Station
22335115
5. Tembria Bus Station
22465546
And at the website: www.motionbuscard.org.cy  (soon via JCC smart)