South Yorkshire bus users are to get Oyster-style smart ticketing, starting next year.
Britain’s biggest bus companies are to bring in the measure in England’s largest urban areas, including South Yorkshire.
Greater Manchester bus passengers will be the first to get the ticketing which has been a feature in London for some years.
The scheme, to be introduced in 2015, will also benefit South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, Merseyside and West Yorkshire.
Nottingham and Bristol will also be included.
Bus users are expected to get a Smartcard which they can top up to pay for their bus travel.
The initiative involves First, Stagecoach, Arriva, Go Ahead and National Express and represents a multi-million pound investment.
The technology will allow smaller bus operators to be included and the system could extend to other transport modes, such as trams and trains.
In a joint statement, the chief executives of the companies involved said: “Millions of people in our biggest city regions will benefit from this transformational initiative to provide London-style smart ticketing. “It will deliver an even bigger programme and wider benefit than the capital’s Oyster system.
“Bus operators share the aspirations of our city regions to become growing economic powerhouses and we know high quality public transport is an important part of making that happen.”