SHEFFIELD’S biggest bus operator, First, is increasing fares by an average of 5% from Monday.
The company said that after freezing most prices for two years, it was reflecting higher costs, primarily fuel costing up to 30% more, but also an increase in fuel duty.
The cost of most single tickets is going up by 10p.
A Sheffield day ticket will cost £4.60 instead of £4.30 and weekly £18.50 instead of £17.50.
Monthly tickets are unchanged at £65.90.
Regional managing director Dave Alexander said: “We appreciate nobody likes it when prices go up but we have worked hard to keep any increases to a minimum by introducing savings within our business to offset cost increases.
“Despite some of these price changes, the cost of travel on a First bus still represents great value for money and, with monthly tickets not increasing, customers can continue to travel from less than £2 per day.”
Stagecoach, the other major bus operator in the Sheffield region, said it had no plans at this stage to increase fares.