Where Can Students Get Discounted Bus Passes?
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Where To Get Student Discount Bus Passes

Zoe Kramer March 1, 2023

There are many reasons why public transit can be great for students. It can be a handy alternative to having a car, and spares you the hassle and upkeep. It’s also better for the environment, since riders are sharing one vehicle rather than using the fuel for individual cars. It’s also fairly simple to use, whether you’re navigating a city or traveling a longer distance. However, if you use buses a lot, the fares can start to add up. Here are some different student discount bus passes you can get to make transport more affordable on your student budget.

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Oyster Cards

If you live in London, then it’s likely worth getting the 18+ Student Oyster Photocard. It’s good for not only buses, but also tram travel as well. The requirements for this pass are that you are over 18, living in a London borough, and enrolled in a higher education institution in London. If you meet these requirements, you can apply for the photocard, which will give you a 30% discount.

National Express

National Express is a good option for traveling longer distances. Their network of routes can get you just about anywhere you need to go, whether you’re headed home, off to see a friend, or looking to explore somewhere new. Students can get a 15% discount through their partner companies, which include UniDays, StudentBeans, Prime Student and Totum.


Stagecoach offers a variety of different student discount bus passes. The types of passes you can get depend on your location, but are available in most cities. The way that the pass works is that you purchase it, and then get unlimited travel in the area you’ve selected. If you don’t want a long-term pass, you can also opt for a 7 or 28 day pass to save money on your travels.

First Bus

First Bus is another option if you’re looking for a bus pass in your area that will allow you unlimited travel. This is particularly handy if you are a frequent bus user, or if you take the bus from your home to your university. Tickets are available for purchase online and can be delivered right to your door.


Arriva offers Student Saver tickets to anyone over 16 in education with a student ID. They are available for purchase online and offer discounted fares, unlimited travel, and a range of different options.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.