Scholar Saver tickets

Moving up to secondary school is a huge step, both for Year 6 pupils and their parents. With secondary schools likely to be further away, we know that school journeys change significantly and your children may be travelling more independently for the first time. That's why we provide discounted Scholar Saver tickets for pupils across the UK to make sure they have a reliable and cost effective way to travel by bus to and from school.

There are a host of benefits when travelling on a Scholar Saver ticket. Not only are they great value and flexible, but they can also be used on a large number of our services nationwide. Scholar tickets can be bought online or on the bus from your driver and can even be stored and accessed in the Arriva Bus UK app.

Please note that valid Student ID is required for discounted fares. This may be provided by your school or college, or alternatively, you can purchase an International Student Identity Card here. Buy an ISIC card.

What Scholar Saver tickets are available?

Scholar Saver tickets are available for those aged 5 to 18 in full-time education. We offer spring term, summer term and both spring and summer term tickets combined which offer unlimited travel on our services, Monday to Friday, in any of our ticket zones.

Ticket

Description

Scholar Day
Buy a day ticket at a discounted rate for all-day travel throughout your chosen region.
Scholar Weekly
Weekly tickets provide value when you're planning a series of activities during the week and offer unlimited travel (except where stated)
Spring Term
Unlimited school bus travel for pupils within any zone on our network throughout the Spring term. 
Summer Term
Unlimited school bus travel for pupils within any zone on our network throughout the Summer term.
Spring & Summer Term
Allows pupils to travel unlimited on our services in any given zone throughout the academic year. Perfect for anyone who wants to cover bus travel for their children in one easy payment.

 

How do I buy these tickets?

On the bus

You can buy Day and Weekly Scholar Saver tickets on the bus and pay with cash or a contactless credit/debit card. Just ask for a Scholar Day or Weekly ticket as you board.

Online

You can buy Day, Weekly and specific term tickets online and pay by credit/debit card, PayPal or Direct Debit. You can choose to receive your ticket by post, loaded on to an Arriva Connect Smartcard or as an m-ticket on the Arriva Bus UK app.

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Arriva Bus UK app

All Scholar Saver tickets are available to buy via the Arriva Bus UK app, which is free to download. Your ticket will be ready to use as soon as you activate it within the app.

Buying Scholar Saver tickets across our UK network

  • Some school buses are operated under contract, often to a local authority, and Arriva and many other local bus and coach companies are employed to provide these contracted buses. Details of routes, times and eligibility to travel will all be controlled by the school and/or local authority, and that’s who you’d need to contact for more details.

  • Some local authorities provide pupils with tickets to ride on normal public bus services, and enquiries about tickets in these circumstances would also need to go to the school or local authority.

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

    Information on Scholar Saver tickets for your region

    North East

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    • If you buy a ticket that includes the Tyne Valley zone you will receive a paper Student and Young Persons' Saver ticket. This will allow you to use all journeys on Cross Pennine services 685 and X85 in the Tyne Valley zone, including the ones operated by Stagecoach. Please note that Arriva m-tickets and smartcards are not accepted on Stagecoach buses.
    • If you need to use the Cross Pennine 685 to travel to/from places in Cumbria (including Brampton) you should buy a Regionwide Student and Young Persons' Saver ticket.
    • Unfortunately, you cannot buy or use student saver tickets on any services operated by Glen Valley, Travelsure or Borders Buses.

    Yorkshire

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    We have Child Day Saver tickets available in the West Yorkshire and Yorkshire zones to provide value travel for schoolchildren.

    In the Leeds Urban zone we sell a Child Weekly Saver ticket.

    North West

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    Scholar Saver tickets are avaliable for young people aged 5 to 18 in full-time education in selected zones. These are available only as smartcards, giving additional security for the user, and cover the whole of the Arriva North West network.

    Wales

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    Scholar Saver tickets are avaliable for young people aged 5 to 18 in full-time education in selected zones. These are available only as smartcards, giving additional security for the user, and cover the whole of the Arriva Buses Wales network.

    Midlands

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    Child term/annual tickets are available for pupils up to the age of 16 or year 11 in school. Student tickets are available for those aged 16 or above and are in full time education (student ID required) and can be bought using Direct Debit.

    Day, Weekly and 4-Weekly Child Saver tickets are also available.

     

    Beds and Bucks

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    Child term/annual tickets are available for pupils up to the age of 16 or year 11 in school. Student tickets are available for those aged 16 or above and are in full time education (student ID required) and can be bought using Direct Debit.

    Day, Weekly and 4-Weekly Child Saver tickets are also available.

    Herts and Essex

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    In Herts and Essex we offer Day, Weekly, 4-Weekly, Termly and Annual Child Saver tickets. You can buy online or on the Arriva UK Bus App, and a Direct Debit option is available if you want to spread the cost.

    Kent and Surrey

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    In Kent and Surrey we offer Day, Weekly, 4-Weekly, Termly and Annual Child Saver tickets. These are for people aged from 5 to 16 or up to the ennd of Year 11 at school. A Direct Debit option is also available.

    Children resident in Kent can also get a Young Person's Travel Pass. Find out more.

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