Bus tickets will be free for a while, but you’ll still have to pay an extra charge for your seat, according to a new report.

The Economist, citing figures from Transport for London, said bus tickets will now be free until February 1, 2018.

Transport for London has confirmed that the move was in response to the rising cost of bus fares.

The move comes in response from a new government plan to introduce a one-off discount for bus tickets in the wake of the high cost of air fares.

The discount will be on top of a one off payment of £3.50 ($4.90).

The amount will increase by 0.5% per year, the same amount as inflation, from April 2020. 

Transport is also aiming to offer free public transport passes to people who are unable to afford a regular public transport ticket, and offer vouchers for free travel in selected public transport areas.

“It’s a big change and I’m glad that it’s going ahead,” said John Lewis, a travel agent.

“I’ve got my own kids who live near a bus stop so they can travel free and cheap.”