Most buses in York are now fitted with real-time tracking equipment, providing live departure time information via on-street displays and internet-connected devices.
Buses operated by Arriva, ConnexionsBuses, East Yorkshire, First and Transdev are able to send live departure information.
City of York Council provides the core system and on-street information screens. However, it is the responsibility of bus operators to ensure that their timetable data is correct and that real-time equipment fitted to their vehicles is functioning correctly.
Real-time information screens
Electronic screens are provided by the council at many key bus stops, including the majority of stops in York city centre.
A range of free apps are available from bus operators and other data providers.
QR and NFC codes
Our on-street bus timetables include a QR code and an NFC tag which can both be used to access free real-time information on your smartphone.
When you refer to one of our timetables, look out for the section at the bottom of the left-hand timetable panel, similar to the image above.
Using the QR code
If you have a smartphone with a camera, first you'll need to download an app to read QR (Quick Response) codes. Several free apps are available- search your app store for "QR code reader" or "barcode scanner". Newer phones can usually read QR codes directly using the built-in camera app.
From then on, all you need to do is aim your phone's camera at the black and white square pattern. Your phone should then find a web-link which will open up a real-time information display showing your next bus departures for the stop you're at.
Using the NFC tag
If your phone includes NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, it's even easier to get live bus information. Simply make sure the NFC feature is enabled on your phone, then place it over the blue NFC icon. Your phone should detect the presence of the NFC tag (some phones make an audible 'beep') and then offer to open a web link to the real-time information.
NFC technology is included in many current mobile devices. If you're not sure whether your phone is NFC-capable, check your user manual or the manufacturer's website. If you're planning to upgrade to an NFC phone, the NFCWorld website has a comprehensive list of current and upcoming NFC-enabled phones.
Save your favourites
Once you've used a QR code or NFC tag, bookmark the stop in your web browser. Next time you travel you can view live information for your favourite stops before you set off.
Find out where to board your bus in York city centre.