The charity Sustrans Cymru is warning so-called 'transport poverty' in Wales could be on the rise, as official figures show bus fares are up but usage is down.
Wales is the worst-hit part of the UK for fare increases - while also seeing the biggest fall in passenger journeys.
- Department for Transport figures from March 2013 reveal a 6.9% rise in bus fares compared to March 2012.
- But passenger journeys were down 5.1% in the year to the end of March 2013, compared to the previous year.
A Welsh Government spokesman said: "The UK Government has imposed a reduction in the funding for Welsh Government of £1.7bn over the next few years and this has made it very difficult to maintain the current level of support for local bus and community transport services."
In 2013-14, the Regional Transport Services Grant - which replaces the former Bus Service Operators Grant and Local Transport Services Grant - is £25m.
The equivalent combined budget in 2012-13 was £30m.