Validity of bus passes

Kiml

New member
I wanted to know a couple of things about local and regional bus passes. First, if you buy a ticket, and don’t use it, can you use it another day? Also, are you able to go to a different location, or does it need to be location specific. I’m in Arezzo, and am having a hard time communicating this to the ticket vendors in the tabacchis.
 

Lourdes

The Tuscan Expert ;-)
Staff member
Ciao Kiml,

All bus tickets here are sold not on the bus, with a blank area -- when you get on the bus, you put the ticket into the ticket machine which "obliterates" the ticket by marking the date and time on it. At that point, your ticket is valid for 90 minutes for local buses, or for the miles you bought it for with regional tickets. So tickets are made to be bought ahead of time, used when needed... so you can buy more than one right off the bat if you're planning to ride the bus around the city or area.

As for location, the tickets are either city (urbani) or out of the city (extra urbani) so you do need to buy the right type of ticket depending on where you want to go.... only the extra urbani require that you indicate where you're headed to since you cost is based on distance, but again, you don't have a date or time attached to the ticket so you can use it when you need to, by "stamping/obliterating" the ticket when you get on the bus. The ticket is valid for the specific trip you buy.

The local bus tickets are not based on destination, only on time. Once you get on the first bus, the timer starts ticking and you can use the bus ticket for the next 70 minutes after you first stamp it (only Florence gives you 90 minutes, all of the other major towns have 70 minutes).

The AT Bus website has all the info on types of tickets, bus schedules, etc - https://www.at-bus.it/it/biglietti-e-abbonamenti/come_acquistare.html - but it is only in Italian. If you need help in finding out timetables, let me know and I can search for what you need.
 

Kiml

New member
Ciao Kiml,

All bus tickets here are sold not on the bus, with a blank area -- when you get on the bus, you put the ticket into the ticket machine which "obliterates" the ticket by marking the date and time on it. At that point, your ticket is valid for 90 minutes for local buses, or for the miles you bought it for with regional tickets. So tickets are made to be bought ahead of time, used when needed... so you can buy more than one right off the bat if you're planning to ride the bus around the city or area.

As for location, the tickets are either city (urbani) or out of the city (extra urbani) so you do need to buy the right type of ticket depending on where you want to go.... only the extra urbani require that you indicate where you're headed to since you cost is based on distance, but again, you don't have a date or time attached to the ticket so you can use it when you need to, by "stamping/obliterating" the ticket when you get on the bus. The ticket is valid for the specific trip you buy.

The local bus tickets are not based on destination, only on time. Once you get on the first bus, the timer starts ticking and you can use the bus ticket for the next 70 minutes after you first stamp it (only Florence gives you 90 minutes, all of the other major towns have 70 minutes).

The AT Bus website has all the info on types of tickets, bus schedules, etc - https://www.at-bus.it/it/biglietti-e-abbonamenti/come_acquistare.html - but it is only in Italian. If you need help in finding out timetables, let me know and I can search for what you need.
Thank you so much…that clears up a lot! So, I can go into a tabacchi in Arezzo and just ask for urbani tickets to travel whenever and to wherever within the city? If I want to go outside the city of Arezzo, I’ll need to get extra urbani and give specific destination. Can I buy a bus ticket in Arezzo for Camucia train station to cortona, or do I need to buy the ticket in cortona? Also, can you use the extra urbani ticket in the reverse direction if you end up buying one, but don’t use because you got a ride with someone?
Thanks again, you’ve been really helpful!
Kim
 

Lourdes

The Tuscan Expert ;-)
Staff member
Yep and yep!
I think you can get tickets from the Camucia train station to Cortona ahead of time, but if you go try and it isn't possible, they'll let you know.
As for using it in the opposite direction, you might have to trade it in, not just use it directly.
 
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