Bus Ticket OCR


This article walks you through the building process of an OCR API that extracts data from Bus Ticket using our deep learning engine. It will work for any bus company.




  1. You’ll need a free account. Sign up and confirm your email to login.
  2. You’ll need at least 20 Bus Ticket images or pdfs to train your OCR.



Define your Bus Ticket use case


First, we’re going to define what fields we want to extract from your Bus Ticket. 



Bus Ticket OCR API



  • Bus Company: The name of the company that sold the ticket (megabus.com)


  • Reservation Number: The reservation number that will be asked when you board the bus (67-2722-033018-M10R-1415-LAS-ANA)


  • Date: The date of departure (March 30, 2018)


  • Departure city: The city of departure for your travel by bus (Las Vegas)


  • Arrival city: The city of destination (Anaheim)


  • Departure Time: The bus departure time from the departure city (2:15 PM)


  • Price: The total amount paid for the bus ticket ($41,75)



That’s it for our use case, but you are free to add any other relevant data to fit your requirements.



Deploy your API


Once you have defined the list of fields you want to extract, head over to the platform and press the ‘create a new API’ button.


You land now on the setup page. Here is the image you can use for setting up the API, and my setup looks like this:



Set up your bus ticket OCR API


Once you’re ready, click on the “next” button. We are going to specify the data types for each of the fields we want our API to extract from your bus ticket.


bus ticket ocr

To go further, you can download this json config to set up your data model or do it manually.


Bus company: type String that never contains numeric characters.


Bus company field for bus ticket OCR




Reservation number: type String without specifications. 


Reservation Number field for bus ticket OCR


Date: type String without specifications.


Date field for bus ticket OCR


Departure city: type String that never contains numeric characters.


Departure city field for bus ticket OCR


Arrival city: type String that never contains numeric characters.


Arrival city field for bus ticket OCR



Departure Time: type String without specifications. 


Departure time field for bus ticket OCR



Price: type Number without specifications. 


Price field for bus ticket OCR



Once you’re done setting up your bus ticket data model, press the Start training your model button at the bottom of the screen.


bus ticket ocr


Train your Bus Ticket OCR



Deep learning Bus ticket OCR training



You’re all set! 


Now is the time to train your Bus ticket deep learning model in the Training section of our API. 


In a few hours (minutes if you're fast), you’ll get your first model trained and will be able to use your custom OCR API for parsing Bus Ticket in your application.

To get more information about the training phase, please refer to the Getting Started tutorial.

If you have any questions regarding your use case, feel free to reach out via our chat!