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Ulsterbus Smartlink

Smartlink - for Smarter travel!

Smartlink is a plastic smart card which can be loaded in one of two ways. 

The Ulsterbus Smartlink Multi Journey Card (MJ) can be loaded with journeys between specified stages or alternatively if you travel on Ulsterbus Town Services you can load your card with unlimited day, weekly or monthly travel.

Smartlink Offers a Number of Benefits

  • It saves you money.
  • It is a safer, cash free method of payment for travel.
  • Smartlink helps speed up boarding times!
  • Parents can ensure children always have sufficient bus fare.
  • Smartlink Cards are transferrable, so you can lend yours to a family member or friend!
  • Lost or Stolen cards can be cancelled or ‘hotlisted’, preventing fraudulent use (see ‘Registering & Hotlisting Your Card’ section).


Buying & Topping Up an Ulsterbus Multi Journey Card

Ulsterbus Smartlink MJ cards can only be bought with at least 5 journeys already loaded. You can top-up your card with 10 journeys onboard a bus or with 5, 10, 20 or 40 journeys at:

  • Ulsterbus Stations
  • Metro Kiosk, Donegall Square West (top-up only, not buy)
  • PayPoint Agents (top-up only, not buy)
  • Smartlink Agents in the Greater Belfast Area.

Cards can be topped up with 40 journeys at a time and can store a maximum of 50 journeys.

Although you will have paid an initial £1.00 for your Ulsterbus Smartlink MJ Card, this is a one-off cost as your card is re-useable.

Please keep your Ulsterbus Smartlink MJ Card safe, so when you top-up there will be no charge for another card, only the charge for the number of journeys you require.

Journeys will be valid for 12 months from when you first purchase your card. Each time a card is topped-up, all valid unused journeys have their validity extended for a further 12 months. Any journeys not used within 12 months of a top-up are removed from the card and will not be refunded.

Top-ups of 10 journeys only are available on a bus. It is NOT possible to buy Ulsterbus Smartlink MJ cards on a bus, at Smartlink Agents or PayPoint Agents.

Buying & Topping Up a Town Service Travel Card

If you travel on Ulsterbus Town Services, then using your Smartlink Travel card to store unlimited travel offers great value. The more you travel the more you save!

You can choose to add one day, one week or one month’s worth of unlimited travel to your card. A day’s travel is valid for one day from first use (not purchase). A week’s travel is valid for 7 consecutive days from the date of first use (not purchase). A month’s travel is valid for one calendar month e.g. from 25 February to 24 March inclusive from the date of first use (not purchase).

Once you start using your Travel Card, you can top-up with a further day, week or one month. You can top-up your Travel Card onboard a bus or at an Ulsterbus Station with one day or one week’s travel. You can only top-up with one month’s travel at Ulsterbus Stations. You can also top-up with one day, one week or one month’s travel at any PayPoint Agent.

When you top-up your card, any additional days extend the validity of the card from that date e.g. if you have 3 days left on your card and you top-up with a further 7 days, your Travel Card immediately becomes valid for 10 days from the date you top-up, and not 3 days plus a further 7 days from the date of first use of newly purchased travel.

You can buy Ulsterbus Smartlink cards online and make significant savings>

For all Translink enquiries call:  028 90 66 66 30