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Dartford Borough Council

Join the club and save on monthly tickets by direct debit

Great travel deals for local businesses in Dartford

Save money every month with an Arriva ticket

Arriva and Dartford Borough Council have joined together to offer savings on local Arriva bus travel.

By working in partnership with Arriva you can take advantage of big discounts on monthly tickets that allow unlimited travel on Arriva buses across the area of your choice.

By purchasing your ticket monthly you will cut your travel costs and you can spread the cost of payment with a monthly direct debit.

The tickets are valid seven days a week and, don't forget, the more you travel, the more you save!

Added bonus!

Your ticket also allows FREE child travel (for up to two children) on Arriva buses at weekends and on bank holidays when travelling with an Employers Travel Club monthly ticket holder in the appropriate zone.

Choose your zone

There are four different zones to choose from.

  • Dartford zone covers all Arriva* buses in Dartford as far as Bluewater, Wilmington, Fleet Estate and Darent Valley Hospital
  • Gravesend zone covers all Arriva*buses in Gravesend as far as Chalk, Valley Drive, Swanscombe and Ingress Park
  • Kent Thameside zone covers all Arriva*buses between Dartford, Bluewater and Gravesend as far as Chalk, Vigo and Crockenhill
  • South East zone covers all Arriva* buses in Kent. 

* - Not valid on Arriva buses run on behalf of Transport of London (red buses). 

Check your saving

The monthly cost for each zone, based on the cost of an annual ticket spread over twelve separate payments, is shown in the right-hand column and you can see how much you will save compared to the normal price of a four-weekly ticket for the same zone.

The monthly payments exclusively for staff at local businesses in Dartford represent a saving of approximately 23% over the cost of buying four-weekly tickets!

What tickets are available and how much will I save?

Zone 4-Weekly ticket price Staff Monthly Price  
Dartford £56 £46.67

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Gravesend £63 £52.50

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Kent Thameside £75 £65

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South East £90 £75

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How the scheme works

It is a simple 2-step process to sign-up to the Employer Travel Club:

STEP 1: Order your ticket online by choosing your zone and completing the direct debit information!

Sign up here to purchase an annual ticket via Direct Debit, complete the online application form, you will need your bank account details. By clicking through you agree to the Terms & Conditions outlined below.

  • Payments are taken on the 1st or 15th of each month
    • Tickets will start on 10th of the month for payments made on 1st
    • Tickets will start on 25th of each month for payments made on 15th
    • Mobile tickets will start within four days of the direct debit. You will need to download the Arriva M-Ticket app on your phone and register.
  • Please note that only one direct debit date may be available to select for payment at a time
STEP 2: Receive your season ticket in the post each month.

If you have any queries about the Employer Travel Club or about which zone you need please email [email protected]

To access a list of Arriva timetables

Click here

Terms and Conditions of

Use By setting up your direct debit you accept the terms and conditions as set out below.

  • The contract is a rolling one month contract and you are free to cancel your direct debit at any time. You must do this through your bank and email [email protected] to confirm.
  • No refunds will be given for part usage of a month’s travel and you will be responsible for funds being available in your account to be entitled to receive your ticket.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and only valid to the purchaser.
  • The holder of the ticket must show their ID Card when traveling.
  • Lost or damaged tickets are the responsibility of the owner and while Arriva will do their best to provide a replacement for lost or stolen tickets they cannot be held responsible for any inconvenience or financial loss accruing from the loss or otherwise of your ticket.
  • Tickets are valid only on Arriva buses and are subject to the presentation of a valid staff pass when boarding or challenged by a revenue inspector.
  • Failure to show your staff pass may result in refusal to board the bus and/or confiscation of your ticket. Arriva will endeavour to return confiscated tickets on the presentation of a valid staff pass corresponding to the ticket but cannot be held responsible for any losses arising from refusal to board or confiscation of a ticket due to failure to show a valid staff pass corresponding to the ticket used for travel.
  • All other standard Arriva terms and conditions also apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q- What is Employer Travel Club (etc)?

A- Employer Travel Club is a scheme which allows employees of member companies to buy their bus tickets at the annual rate (which is the cheapest way of buying a ticket – typically 23% saving) but pay for the ticket on a monthly basis.

Q - How does it work?

A - Your organisation signs up to the Employer Travel Club and you will be provided with a link to your company’s landing page where you can sign up securely and easily, after that tickets are sent out on a monthly basis. (Tickets are typically printed and sent out within two or three days of your Direct Debit being processed and will be dated ten days after payment to make sure they arrive in time. A mobile ticket option is available via our app, see below.

Q - Do I have to sign up for the whole year?

A - No there is a one month rolling contract and you can cancel your direct debit any time. You are in complete control.

Q - How can I buy a ticket?

A - Tickets are only available online via a direct debit.

Q - I want to have my ticket on my mobile phone

A - No problem we can arrange for your ticket to be sent to your mobile. You must download the Arriva M-ticket app for this service and email [email protected] with your name and mobile number to request the ticket be sent to your mobile. Please note the two children travel FREE add-on does not apply with mobile tickets.

Q - I don’t travel to work every day do I have to buy a monthly ticket?

A - It is worth looking at the cost and benefits of a monthly ticket as the monthly ticket does allow you to take up to two children free when travelling at the weekends or bank holidays.

Q - My question isn’t here what do I do?

A - Email [email protected] and we will do our best to answer your questions within 48 hours (Monday to Friday).