Multi-operator Grasshopper ticket
First Aberdeen, Stagecoach and six local bus companies have joined forces to launch Aberdeen’s first multi-operator ticket. The ‘Grasshopper’ Day and Weekly tickets are designed to make bus travel in the city and shire commuter belt more convenient, meaning customers no longer need to purchase separate tickets when using different operators for one journey. The change is said to save 15% on the cost of a ticket. Aberdeenshire Council has played a major role in facilitating their introduction, which are available for purchase on services operated by First Aberdeen, Stagecoach, Bains Coaches, J&M Burns, Central Taxis (Aberdeen), Kineil Coaches, MW Nicoll Hirers (Laurencekirk) and Watermill Coaches. Day tickets cost £10.50 and Weekly Tickets £34.
MD of First Aberdeen, Duncan Cameron, said, ‘Over the last 18 months we’ve introduced a range of initiatives that have improved our services and as a result the number of people using our buses is increasing. I’m delighted that we are part of a further customer friendly initiative – “Grasshopper”. The launch of a multi-operator ticket is a first for Aberdeen and I’m confident it will be a success.’
MD of Stagecoach North Scotland, Steve Walker, said, ‘For those who haven’t tried the bus for a long time, or ever, we recommend they give the “Grasshopper” initiative a try, as you aren’t restricted to any one bus company. The multi-operator ticket offers a great value fare for travel in the North East of Scotland, which, when compared to the costs of running a car and paying for fuel, can really make a difference on the pocket.’