Universities at Medway bus travel

Savings for students and staff

Save money travelling to your university lectures, seminars and group meetings with Arriva Bus.

Our bus services offer a cheap, reliable and quick way for students and staff to get around. Plus, you can travel for even less if you take advantage of our Student saver ticket scheme.

Check out the Universities at Medway map, or take a look at our list of services at the bottom of this page.

Student Ticket Prices from 1 July 2022

 Student PricePublic Price
Weekly£14.50£31.00
4-Weekly£39.00£100.00
Academic Year*£189.00£890.00

*Academic year tickets run from 1 September to 31 August the following year or from 1 January to 31 December.

How to get your Student discount

Collect an Arriva SmartCard from the Student's Union and activate online using our guide.

WHEN REGISTERING YOUR SMART CARD, YOU MUST USE YOUR UNIVERSITY EMAIL ADDRESS.

Your SmartCard can be obtained from the GKSU reception in The Student Hub from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Lost/Stolen or Damaged Card

If your Smart Card is lost, stolen or damaged, you can order a replacement via your online account at a cost of £3. Please allow 5 working days for your new card to arrive and, any tickets on your old smartcard will transfer over if the expiry date has not passed.

Tickets can be used on all Arriva services in Kent & Medway - please view the map here.

Staff Ticket Prices and Options from 1 July 2022

From 1st July 2022, you’ll have 2 options when purchasing your tickets

Option 1 – Travel Club

You can join the travel club by clicking on www.arrivabus.co.uk/uam

The scheme will allow you to purchase an annual ticket, by paying easy to manage monthly payments, with the option to stop and start payments when you wish or, if your circumstances change. Your ticket will also provide you with

  • A saving of up to 20% annually, compared to buying 4 weekly tickets over the year
  • Unlimited travel within your travel zone
  • Paperless tickets via our M-Ticket app or, a paper ticket if preferred
  • With a paper ticket, 2 children can travel with you at weekends and Bank Holidays

Option 2 – Discounted Annual Ticket

If you require a staff annual ticket, you can purchase this at a discounted rate of 30%. 

 Staff PricePublic Price
Medway Zone£511.00£730.00
Kent and Medway Zones£735.00£1,050.00

Please email [email protected] from your staff university email address and, we will confirm how to make payment. We will can then either i) top up your existing Smart Card if you have one ii) issue a Smart Card with a pre-loaded ticket or iii) issue a ticket via our M-ticket app

*Staff the Annual ticket is for one year and can start from any date

Tickets can be used on all Arriva services in Kent & Medway* - please view the map here.


*If you have selected a staff Medway Zone ticket, that will only be valid in our Medway Zone

Student Single fares

Chatham Rail Station and Chatham Waterfront Bus Station to universities (routes 1, 2, 100, 101, 121 & 182)

Students can buy a single ticket from our Arriva bus driver for just £1.20. Just show a valid student ID when you board.

Pier Quays to Universities and Dockyard Main Gate (route 1)

Students can buy a single ticket from our Arriva bus driver for just £1.40 by showing a valid student ID.

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