Smart Cards and RingGo E-Wallet

A pre-payment Smart Card is a card that holds credit for Winchester Park and Ride parking. The card is used to purchase the daily tickets for parking at any of Winchester's Park and Ride car parks as and when the card holder wishes to use the service. Please note that a Park and Ride Smart Card does not guarantee a parking space within any car park.

A Park and Ride Smart Card has no expiry date and will hold its credit until it is used in the parking machines, so is a good option for part-time or less frequent users. If you use the Park and Ride service on a full-time basis, a Park and Ride Season Ticket may be more suitable for you. For information about Park and Ride Season Tickets, please see our Park and Ride - Season Ticket webpage.

A pre-payment Smart Card can be purchased and credited with any amount between £25.00 and £300.00. Whatever sum is pre-paid by you will be credited to the card. With the pre-payment card, the user will benefit from a 10% discount per day, making the cost £2.70 per use with the pre-payment card instead of the daily cash payment of £3.00.

The card should be placed into the machine on each day of use to obtain the two tickets: one to place in the vehicle and one to hand to the bus service driver for free travel for you and your passengers on the bus. The machine will display the remaining balance of the card and the card may 'topped up' with credit by bringing it to the Parking Services counter at Winchester City Council whenever the user wishes to purchase more credit (minimum top up £25.00). The balance of credit on the card may not exceed £300.

RingGo E-Wallet

How does it work?

Similar to the Smart Card, the E-wallet allows users access to the P&R bus network by means of a prepaid account.  This electronic account allows you to make remote transactions without having to interact with the pay machines on site. For example, if it’s raining you can just stay in your car, make the payment (provided you have registered as a user), then wait for the bus to arrive. You can even make payment before you leave home in the morning.

As long as you show your receipt for payment which will get sent directly to your phone, smart phone, or tablet device to the driver, you will be able to access the bus.


Both the Smart Card and E-wallet work on the basis that if you pay for the ‘all day’ tariff (currently £3.00) you will receive a 10% discount.

Payments made after 10:30am do not form part of this discount scheme, therefore the standard tariff applies (currently £2.50) and any associated charges*.  This would mean £2.50 by Smart Card or coin, or £2.80 with RingGo.

* Standard daily RingGo transactions cost an additional 30p (as a convenience fee) plus any other individual profile requests you may have such as reminders which cost a further 10p.


The main benefits of having an E-wallet are saving time and money!

  • The normal ‘all day’ cost of a RingGo transaction is reduced from £3.30 down to £2.70 (the same price as a Smart Card). The Council are currently absorbing the RingGo fees for E-wallet users for the ‘all day’ tariff only.
  • General use and top up of the E-wallet means you no longer have to visit the council offices during your own time, and this can be done remotely from the comfort of your own home or from work. You also don’t have to interact with the machines at the Park & Ride.
  • You can budget ahead, always knowing what funds you have available at the touch of a button, and if your wallet account runs low you have the option to ‘top up’ or pay by coin or by a standard RingGo transaction (but this will have the convenience fee added).
  • Registration is a simple process and VAT receipts are available at any time if needed.
  • Being a RingGo customer means you have access to sites across the country should you ever find yourself short of coins.

 For more information about the RingGo E-wallet, please visit the RingGo website.

 To Apply for a Park and Ride Smart Card

To purchase a Park and Ride Smart Card, you can either download the application form and send this in with payment or call into the Parking Services counter at Winchester City Council.

The completed form can be posted with a cheque or postal order payment as directed on the form and the card will be posted to you following production.

If you call at the Parking Services counter at the City Offices, a Smart card can be issued to you whilst you wait. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, postal order or by credit/debit card.

Loss or Theft of Smart Card

Any lost or stolen card must be reported to Parking Services as soon as the loss becomes known so that a stop can be put on the card to prevent any unauthorised use.

The fee for duplication of a Smart Card is £10. A stolen card may be duplicated free of charge if a valid police crime reference number is provided at the time of request for duplication. The issue of a duplicate Smart Card is at the discretion of Winchester City Council.

Further Information:
For further information please contact Parking Services at City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester.

Parking Services Counter Opening Times:
Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday closed