QR Codes and NFC Tags at Bus Stops

How to use QR Codes and NFC tags for finding yournextbus

Since 2015 the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have put a QR (Quick Response) Code/NFC (Near Field Communication) Chip at 14,000 bus stops in West Yorkshire. This is another way for customers to have specific information on when the next bus is due to arrive at a bus stop.

 Timetable Case

QR Code/NFC Card

The QR Code/NFC Chip card is placed within the bus stop timetable case. This is valuable as not all bus stops have Real Time Information screens to see departures and customers can use their smartphones to find bus times.

Here are steps for how to use them:

Reader scanning QR Code

  • Your device may be able to read QR Codes already. The best way to do this is to open your Camera app and point it steady for 2-3 seconds towards the QR Code you want to scan at the stop.


  • If you have an iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that runs on iOS11, the QR Code scanner has been built into the camera app. For Android users, this is the case if your device has Google on Tap, Google Assistant or Google Lens. 


  • If it is enabled, you will see the web page with times for your bus service. If nothing happens, you may have to go to your Settings and enable QR Code scanning.


  • This will prompt you to open a webpage. You’ll see a list real time and scheduled departures from the bus stop

 Departures for a scanned bus stop

  • If there isn't an option, you will need to load a QR Code reader app on to your device. These are available free from Google Play, iTunes or the Windows app stores. Once downloaded, open your QR Code reader and scan the card at the stop

• If your phone has NFC technology, simply go into "Settings" switch on the "NFC and payment". Then ’scan’ your phone over the NFC "N" symbol


• You can bookmark that page so you can have access to that information for the bus stop anywhere


Here is a YouTube Video to show you how to scan the QR Code/NFC Chip at your stop. 

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