School travel

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Coronavirus - We’re here to get them back to school safely

As schools reopen, we are doing all we can to keep pupils safe on board. That’s why we’re dedicating some bus services specifically for school children.

Find out more

At Arriva we know that moving up to secondary school is a big deal and can mean taking the bus to and from school for the first time. This is why we offer frequent and reliable services to and from major schools and educational establishments across the UK as well as money-saving child tickets to keep costs low too.

Save money with Child tickets

If a pupil isn't entitled to a bus travel pass from their local authority, our child tickets are a great money saving option, they offer:

  • Discounted bus tickets
  • Unlimited travel on all Arriva services in specified zones
  • A choice of tickets including Day, Weekly, 4-Weekly and dedicated term tickets

Tickets can be bought from the bus driver, online or through the Arriva UK Bus App. They can be delivered by post or directly to a pupil's mobile phone too. What's more, you can make payment simple by spreading the cost over monthly installments by Direct Debit.

You can find out more about ticket prices and scholar Direct Debit payment in your area and sign up by selecting your region below.

Buy school bus tickets

North East

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Direct Debit Scheme

For better value frequent bus use, our Direct Debit scheme is a great option. All of these tickets offer unlimited travel on all Arriva North East services (except where stated) in the specified zones. This includes evenings, weekends and half-term holidays.

View Saver Zones

Saver Zone
Child Monthly Direct Debit
Child Direct Debit Annual Cost
Zone Map

Morpeth

£42.67
£512
Ashington
£42.67
£512
Blyth
£42.67
£512
Tyne Valley
£42.67
£512
Ashington & Morpeth
£53.33
£640
Ashington & Blyth
£53.33
£640
Morpeth & Blyth
£53.33
£640
Morpeth and Tyne & Wear
£53.33
£640
Blyth and Tyne & Wear
£53.33
£640
Tyne Valley and Tyne & Wear
£53.33
£640
Darlington District
£40.42
£485
Durham City
£39.17
£470
Teesside
£43.92
£527
Teesside & East Cleveland
£49.58
£595
County Durham & Darlington
£59.58
£715
East Durham
£44.17
£530
North East Regionwide
£68.75
£825
All Northumberland and Tyne & wear
£57.92
£695
Tyne & Wear
£42.67
£512
Discover North Northumberland
£42.50
£510
Durham district
£47.00
£564
Darlington Town
£34.00
£408

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcards and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Yorkshire

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Our Scholar Saver ticket range already offers great value to students who are travelling regularly on Arriva buses in Yorkshire. Tickets are available to anyone up to the age of 19 in full time education

Direct Debit Scheme

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Saver Zone
Child Monthly Direct Debit
Child Direct Debit Annual Cost
West Yorkshire
£35
£420
Yorkshire 
£39
£468
£24.50
£295

Arrange your Direct Debit

West Yorkshire M-Cards

If your home address is within West Yorkshire Combined Authority, you can buy an Under 16 or 16-18 M-Card, for all buses or all buses & trains within West Yorkshire, including those not operated by Arriva.

Find out more about the West Yorkshire M-Cards

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

North West

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Going back to school? Our Scholar Saver ticket range already offers great value to students who are travelling regularly on Arriva buses in the North West. Tickets are available to anyone up to the age of 19 in full time education.

You can get an annual ticket and pay for it in monthly installments or in one go, your ticket will be delivered by post as an Arriva Connect Smartcard.

View zone map

Saver Zone
Child Monthly Direct Debit
Child Annual 
Child 4 Weekly
Child Autumn Term 2020
Child Academic Year
Zone Map
North West / Under 19
£30
£360
£42
£85
£230

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

Buy tickets online as a Smartcard

 

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Wales

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Save money with a great value Scholar Saver Ticket!

Whether you’re starting out as a student or heading back for another year at school, our range of scholar bus tickets makes getting around Wales cheap and easy. Tickets are available to anyone up to school year 11.

Saver Zone
Child Autumn Term 2020
Child Autumn and Spring Terms 20/21
Child Academic Year 20/21
Zone Map
Wales
£105
£210
£300

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

Arriva Connect Smartcard

Save money with the Arriva Wales young person Connect Smartcard!

Valid in the Chester Plus, Menai and Wrexham Zones, this card gives you access to great savings, making getting around North Wales cheap and easy.

View zone map

Smartcard
Price
Wrexham Child Week
£10
Wrexham Child Flexi Day x5
£12
Wrexham Child Flexi Day x10
£23.40
Wrexham Child Flexi Day x20
£45
Chester Plus Child Week
£10
Chester Plus Child Flexi Day x5
£12
Chester Plus Child Flexi Day x10
£23.40
Chester Plus Child Flexi Day x20
£45
Menai Child Week
£10
Menai Child Flexi Day x5
£12
Menai Child Flexi Day x10
£23.40
Menai Child Flexi Day x20
£45

Buy a Smartcard online

  • You can register for a smartcard online, and when you purchase a ticket, you’ll be sent the card (with the ticket stored on it) to start when you need it.
  • Please note you will need to order at least seven days in advance of when you wish to start using it, to allow for the card to be produced and delivered.

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Midlands

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Save money with a great value Scholar Saver Ticket!

Whether you’re starting out as a student or heading back for another year at school, our range of scholar bus tickets makes getting around the Midlands cheap and easy. Tickets are available to anyone up to school year 11.

Saver Zone
Child Monthly Direct Debit
Child Annual
Child 4 Week
Child Autumn Term 2020
Child Academic Year*
Zone Map
Derby
£35
£420
£50
£175
£400
Leicester Zone 1
£35
£420
£48
£175
£400
Leicester Zone 2 
£35
£420
£46
£175
£400
Leicester & Derby Zone Plus 
£45.42
£545
£60
£225
£525
West Midlands
£45.42
£545
£72
£225
£525

*Academic Year valid from August 31st 2020 until July 23rd 2021.

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

 

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Beds & Bucks

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Going back to school? Our Scholar Saver ticket range already offers great value to students who are travelling regularly on Arriva buses in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Tickets are available to anyone up to school year 11.

You can get an annual ticket and pay for it in monthly installments or in one go, your ticket will be delivered by post as an Arriva Connect smartcard, or you can choose a mobile ticket. 

Saver Zone
Child Monthly Direct Debit
Child Annual 
Child 4 Week
Child Autumn Term 2020
Child Academic Year*
Zone Map
Luton & Dunstable
£34.17
£410
£40
£160
£395
Aylesbury
£24.17
£290
£29
£110
£275
Oxford
£28.33
£340
£37
£135
£325
Leighton Buzzard
£25.83
£310
£30
£120
£295
High Wycombe
£29.58
£355
£36
£135
£340
High Wycombe Plus
£36.67
£440
£43
£165
£420
Orbit
£46.25
£555
£56
£215
£535
Cardinal Newman
£40.42
£510
£50
£195
£490
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*Academic Year valid from August 31st 2020 until July 23rd 2021.

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

 

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Herts & Essex

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Save money with a great value Scholar Saver Ticket!

Whether you’re starting out as a student or heading back for another year at school, our range of Scholar bus tickets makes getting around Hertfordshire & Essex cheap and easy. Tickets can be purchased for anyone up to school year 11.

Saver Zone
Child Monthly Direct Debit
Child Annual 
Child 4 Week
Child Autumn Term 2020
Child Academic Year*
Colchester
£32.08
£385
£36
£150
£370
Harlow
£25.41
£305
£30
£110
£290
Southend
£32.08
£385
£37
£150
£370
Hemel Hempstead
£29.17
£350
£34
£130
£335
Lea Valley
£27.08
£325
£32
£120
£310
North Herts Plus
£31.25
£375
£39
£135
£355
Stevenage
£24.17
£290
£30
£105
£275
Waltham Abbey
£22.50
£270
£27
£100
£255
Watford
£31.67
£380
£36
£140
£365
Welwyn & Hatfield
£30.83
£370
£36
£135
£355
Bishops Stortford
£29.23
£380
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Orbit
£46.25
£555
£56
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All Zone Shires
£49.17
£590
£57
£220
£570

*Academic Year valid from August 31st 2020 until July 23rd 2021.

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

 

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Kent & Surrey

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Save money with a great value Scholar Saver Ticket!

Our Scholar Saver ticket range already offers great value to students who are travelling regularly on Arriva buses in Kent and Surrey. Tickets are available to anyone up to school year 11.

You can get an annual ticket online or pay for it in monthly installments. Your ticket will be delivered by post as an Arriva Connect smartcard or you can choose a Mobile Ticket. 

We also accept the KCC Travel Saver young persons pass, find out more here

Saver Zone
Child Monthly Direct Debit
Child Annual
Child 4 Week
Child Autumn Term 2020
Child Academic Year*
Dartford
£35
£420
£47
£185
£400
Gravesend
£40
£480
£52
£210
£460
Maidstone
£39.17
£470
£53
£180
£450
Swale
£34.17
£410
£45
£180
£390
Thameside
£45
£540
£62
£200
£520
Tunbridge Wells & Tonbridge
£37.92
£455
£51
£200
£435
Kent & Medway
£62.50
£750
£85
£300
£730
Guildford
£32.50
£390
£42
£150
£375
Surrey & West Sussex
£49.58
£595
£65.80
£230
£575
Woking
£39.17
£470
£53
£210
£450
Medway
£58.33
£700
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£265
£680

*Academic Year valid from August 31st 2020 until July 23rd 2021.

Buy tickets online as a M-Ticket

Direct Debit

Spread the cost of Annual Mobile tickets or Smartcard and pay monthly by Direct Debit. Payments will be taken on either the 1st or the 15th of the month.

Arrange your Direct Debit

Have a query about your Direct Debit? Send us an email

If you would like to know more about our child ticket range, please contact customer services here

Our school and college partners

We work with some of schools and colleges across the UK to offer prompt and efficient bus services and significant travel discounts to pupils travelling to school or college

Frequently Asked Questions

Who else can I contact about school travel?

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Some school buses are operated under contract, often to a local authority. Arriva and many other local bus companies are employed to provide these contracted buses.

Details of routes, times and eligibility to travel will all be controlled by your school and/or local authority. Please contact them for more details.

What about tickets on normal public bus services for pupils?

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Some local authorities provide pupils with tickets to ride on normal public bus services. Enquiries about tickets in these circumstances need to be made to your school or local authority.

Many schools are sited on or near our normal bus services. Sometimes journeys on these routes divert briefly off the normal route to call at a school at the appropriate times.

How can I contact the Arriva Student department?

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If you have an issue regarding a Smart Card ticket, please contact:

Telephone: 0191 520 4144 (open Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm)

Email us

Direct Debit Terms and Conditions

Administration

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  • The cost of an annual ticket is divided by 12 and the monthly Direct Debit payment is based on that calculation
  • Direct debit payments are taken on the 1st or 15th of each month, dependent on date of application
  • For payments on the 1st your tickets will be dispatched thereafter and commence on 12th of the month
  • For payments on the 15th your tickets will be dispatched thereafter and commence on 27th of each month
  • Dependent on your payment date your monthly ticket will expire at midnight on the 11th or 26th of the following month
  • Your next ticket will automatically be sent directly to your home or registered m-ticket app every month before the current expire, as long as your DD remains active
  • Your payment will remain the same each month unless we notify otherwise
  • Annual tickets paid via direct debit form a rolling contract, these tickets will not expire until instructed to do so via your bank.
  • This scheme is valid for passengers travelling on Arriva buses, and tickets are valid in the zone chosen only
  • If your direct debit fails or is cancelled, you will not receive your ticket for the following month
  • Please report lost tickets to [email protected] immediately, a replacement ticket will be sent to you and a fee of £25 will be added to your next direct debit

Ticket Validity

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  • Tickets are valid for students in full time education (school, 6th form, college, university, etc).
  • Tickets are valid on any Arriva bus in the stated zone with no time or day restrictions.
  • Parents or guardians can set up the Direct Debit on behalf of the student (please enter the student's name in the relevant field for the direct debit mandate).
  • You will be notified if the price increases or decreases, in line with the annual ticket pricing.

Refunds

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  • No refunds will be given
  • If you need to cancel your direct debit, please cancel it directly with your bank - they will normally require 7-10 working days to process a cancellation. Please note that any payments taken within this cancellation timeframe are not eligible to be refunded.
  • Arriva will not accept responsibility for cancelling direct debits
  • Cancellation of your direct debit requires 7 to 10 working days’ notice with your bank
  • If your payment is due to be taken within the required notice period (and you have requested your direct debit to be cancelled too late), your ticket will still be sent to you and cannot be refunded
  • We do not accept used/unused/unwanted tickets
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